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6:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Henry Announces More Investments in Riverfront Development

Jane Gerardot, chairperson of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, announced Thursday an initial grant of $42,000 for a riparian master plan.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced some financial progress on riverfront development Thursday. 

Henry says he’s hopeful that a $6 million request of Legacy money will quickly be approved by the Legacy Committee and City Council.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

IEDC Pushes for Additional Regional Cities Money

The Regional Cities Initiative website urges Hoosiers to lobby lawmakers for more funding. But legislative leaders say funding levels need to be balanced between the initiative and other projects.

Legislative leaders say an aggressive push by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation likely won’t influence final negotiations over how much money to put into the governor’s Regional Cities Initiative.  The initiative is meant to help foster greater collaboration in economic development between communities around the state.

The governor’s proposed budget puts $42 million a year towards the IEDC project.  The House and Senate scaled that back to $10 million a year. 

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

INDOT Commissioner Abruptly Resigns

The Indiana Department of Transportation has new leadership after Commissioner Karl Browning abruptly resigned Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence won’t say why the longtime official is leaving.

Karl Browning has led INDOT since 2013, and previously served as Commissioner from 2006 to 2009. He submitted his resignation via email to the governor Wednesday morning, saying he was proud of his accomplishments but that it was “time to move on.” 

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Politics & Government
3:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Live Dealers Still a Controversial Issue at the Statehouse

Sen. Luke Kenley (foreground) listens to testimony from Centaur Gaming VP John Keeler at the Statehouse Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As lawmakers negotiate the final details of gaming legislation, the future of live dealers at racetrack casinos remains one of the most controversial provisions.  Racino advocates made a final public plea Wednesday.

When the gaming bill left the House, it allowed racinos to replace some electronic games with tables that have live dealers.  The Senate altered that arrangement, instead allowing racinos to add live dealers beginning in 2021. 

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Jobs
4:15 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Hoosier Unemployment Rate Lower Last Month, But...

Indiana's unemployment rate fell in March due to a drop in the labor participation rate.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level in five months, but the state’s private sector also lost jobs last month.

The Hoosier unemployment rate fell one tenth of a percent to 5.8 percent in March, the second month in a row the rate went down. 

But that drop may not be good news: the state’s private sector lost 800 jobs last month, fueled by huge losses – more than 5,000 – in the professional and business services sector. 

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News
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Student-Run Radio Station Makes a "Point" in Fort Wayne

WCYT station manager Andy Dunn instructs Homestead High School students in the art of radio broadcasting.
Credit Matt Hamilton

Wednesday is National High School Radio Day, and one of Fort Wayne's best kept radio secrets just might be WCYT, the student-run station at Homestead High School.

The Point 91FM, as they're known around town, has been operating since 1995, and they're determined to broadcast that message loud and clear.

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Primary Elections
3:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

With Kennedy Out, Three Candidates Vying for City Clerk

Pictured Right to Left: Angie Davis (D), Derek Pillie (R), Lana Keesling (R), all hope to replace Sandy Kennedy as City Clerk in Fort Wayne.

For the first time in more than thirty years, the race for Fort Wayne City Clerk will not feature the Democrat who’s held the seat for decades.

Democrat Sandy Kennedy has served as Fort Wayne City Clerk since 1983. This  year she’s opting not to run for re-election. 

The clerk maintains official records, prepares agendas for and schedules City  Council meetings, and works with the public handling traffic violations. The open seat has drawn one Democratic candidate. Current Chief Deputy Clerk  Angela Davis will be unopposed on the May 5th ballot. 

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Station News
1:10 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

WBOI News Earns Website, Public Affairs Awards from AP

Virginia Alvino and Sean Bueter accepted two awards on behalf of WBOI at the Indiana APBA banquet Saturday.
Credit Courtesy / AJ Mast

WBOI News won two awards in the 2015 Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Awards competition recognizing excellence in journalism. The winners were announced at a ceremony Saturday in Indianapolis.

The awards:

First Place

"Best Website (Metro Radio)" - Sean Bueter, Virginia Alvino, Katy Anderson

Second Place

"Best Public Affairs Program (Metro Radio)" - Sean Bueter, Virginia Alvino, Katy Anderson

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Health & Science
3:04 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Prism

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the science and history of prisms.  What are these amazing pieces of glass or plastic that can make a rainbow pattern? 

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Politics & Government
5:44 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Advocates Push for Spending for State Retiree Benefits

Indiana Retired Teachers Association executive director Nancy Tolson says many retired state employees need the additional benefit lawmakers cut from the new budget.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Retired Teachers Association

Members of the public Friday got their last chance to weigh in on the budget bill this session.  Retiree advocates made a plea for more spending even as a gloomy new revenue forecast has lawmakers looking to cut money out of their budget proposals.

The so-called “13th check” is an additional yearly benefit for retired public employees and teachers.  The amount can range from $150-$450. 

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