Lead Stories

11:33 am
Thu October 30, 2014

This Week on WBOI Presents: Roland G. Frye

Credit Roland G. Fryer

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature Dr. Roland Fryer, Harvard economist and the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard.  He is a prolific writer about education, children, and teachers.  He shared some of his ideas in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana last spring.  

You can hear WBOI Presents every Wednesday night at 7, and Saturday afternoon at 3.  

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1:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Wayne Council Finalizes 2015 Budget

The Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday approved a city budget for the fiscal year 2015. 

The city’s 2015 budget is a little more than $150 million, up about 5 and a half percent from last year. Accounting for most of that increase is funding for the municipal election, additional police recruits, and a rare additional pay period for the year.  

Most of the council agrees it’s a lean, balanced budget.

A proposal by Councilman John Crawford was approved however, to cut nearly half a million dollars from the communication budget to enhance the city’s cash reserve.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

A Salute to the Kernel: Celebrating National Popcorn Popping Month with Poptique Popcorn

Lindsey Hively, owner of Poptique Popcorn, offers over twenty flavors at her two popcorn boutique locations.
Credit Courtesy/Poptique Popcorn

Popcorn has long been a popular snack food, and while every day is a great day for celebrating that tasty fact, October is "National Popcorn Popping Month."

About six years ago, enterprising college student Lindsey Hively turned her passion into a profession, opening her own boutique popcorn enterprise in Columbia City.

Today, Poptique Popcorn has doubled its business and expanded into Jefferson Pointe in Fort Wayne.

In honor of this month's celebration, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Hively at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

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1:18 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Secretary of State Candidates Focus on Voter Education, Transparency

2014 features a rare Indiana election cycle that lacks a major campaign on the statewide ballot, such as president or governor. That puts the Secretary of State’s race at the top of the ticket. 

Arguably the most attention the Secretary of State’s office has received in the last four years was for the voter fraud scandal that ousted Charlie White, the Republican who won the seat in 2010. 

Former state Senator Connie Lawson was appointed to the position two and half years ago. She’s running for the seat  this year and says she’s not focused on Charlie White.

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9:25 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Hoosier State Line Ridership Down

Ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line dropped nearly 8 percent over the last year, while ticket revenues declined more than ten percent.

Ridership on Amtrak lines across the country rose in the last fiscal year, which ended in September.  But on the Hoosier State Line, which runs from Chicago to Indianapolis, ridership fell by nearly 3,000 people, down to just under 34,000.

And ticket revenues dropped nearly $100,000, settling at a little more than $800,000 last year.

Health & Science
11:11 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Weekly Experiment - What is Convection?

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about convection.  What is it, and what are some examples? 

Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Jazz Vocalist Guylenn Brings a Taste of Paris to Fort Wayne

Parisian jazz singer Guylenn will perform at Fort Wayne's LaSalle Bed and Breakfast starting Oct. 24th.
Credit Courtesy / Guylenn

As a popular fixture on the Paris jazz scene, vocalist Guylenn has played concerts with Dizzie Gillespie, Dider Lockwood and Stephane Grappelli.

She also spent ten years touring with Claude Bolling and his Big Band, and loves teaching her craft at the National Paris Conservatory.

Now she's visiting Fort Wayne for a week to help her family launch their new cabaret at the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast. 

WBOI's Julia Meek couldn't wait to invite Guylenn to the Madge Rothschild Studios to learn more about her passion for jazz. 

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

End Times Spasm Band Updates a Horror Classic with New Music

Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms from the End Times Spasm Band will perform a live score to the horror film classic, Nosferatu, Friday at Cinema Center.
Credit Courtesy / End Times Spasm Band

This Friday evening, Fort Wayne Cinema Center is presenting the first of a three-part silent film series with a one-time showing of Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

What makes these screenings special is that each boasts an original musical score composed and performed live by a local band, and Nosferatu will be hitting whole new heights of horror thanks to the efforts of the End Times Spasm Band.

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Election 2014
6:59 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

WBOI Presents: Indiana's Third District Congressional Debate

The candidates for Indiana's third congressional district appeared on PBS39 Tuesday night for their only debate. (From left: Justin Kuhnle (D); incumbent Marlin Stutzman (R); and Scott Wise (L).
Credit Courtesy / PBS39

On Tuesday, October 21st, PBS39 hosted a debate for the candidates running for Indiana's third district congressional seat. The event was sponsored by IPFW and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

This is the only debate in which the candidates will participate during the 2014 election cycle.

On stage for the event were incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman, Democrat Justin Kuhnle, and Libertarian Scott Wise.

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4:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidate Accusing GOP of Voter Intimidation

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Beth White says Republicans are trying to intimidate and disenfranchise Hoosiers on the state’s inactive voter list.

During Indiana’s recent voter list cleanup effort, hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers were labeled as “inactive” – meaning they didn’t respond to the state’s outreach effort. 

People on the inactive list have until 2017 to either update their information or vote in an election to remove themselves from that list. 

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