News
5:18 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

State Fair Coliseum Reopens

The new scoreboard and video ribbon board in the arena at the State Fair Coliseum
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The State Fairgrounds Coliseum officially reopened Thursday after 17 months of reconstruction. Governor Mike Pence says the 63 million dollar  renovation will help ensure the building remains the jewel at the center of the State Fair for decades.

While the exterior of the Fairgrounds landmark remains largely unchanged, inside is a new LED video scoreboard, a video ribbon board that lines the seating arena, and more than 70 wall-mounted flat screen monitors.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu April 24, 2014

This Week on WBOI Presents: James Haslam, President and CEO of Pilot Travel Center

This week on WBOI Presents, we featured a speech by James Haslam, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Travel Center and Cleveland Browns Majority Owner He spoke at the Economic Club of Indiana last March.  He discusses entrepreneurship and of course, the NFL.  

Click here to listen to his speech.  

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

Station News
11:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Congratulations to Rob Simon, iPad winner!

Our congratulations to Rob Simon of Fort Wayne, our Spring Fund Drive iPad winner!

Once again, thank you to everyone who pledged during our Spring Fund Drive. If you didn't get a chance, you can still pledge online.

News
5:23 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

School Districts Experience Issues with ISTEP Practice Tests

Indiana schools preparing for next week’s spring ISTEP test say they’re already having problem with the practice exam. Last spring, computer glitches interrupted more than 30,000 ISTEP testing sessions. 

To prepare students and teachers for the ISTEP testing that begins next week, many districts in  Indiana administered a practice test Tuesday. 

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista  Stockman says her district uses this practice test to find any problems with the school’s technology that  administers the test. 

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Station News
8:58 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Support Public Radio: Pledge during our Spring Fund Drive

Just a little time left to pledge for 89.1 WBOI during our Spring Fund Drive. Don't let another season go by without your financial support for the news and entertainment programs you love and enjoy every day. Call 1-800-471-9264 or pledge online now.

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Opinion - Food
2:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Culinary School Enriches Fort Wayne's Food Culture

Lamb pilaf, prepared by culinary students at Ivy Tech Northeast.
Amber Recker

Establishing a strong local food culture has been on my radar for years, and based on the increasing prevalence of locally-owned restaurants and other food-related businesses, our region is gaining momentum.

Many factors contribute to our growing local food economy, and since the 1980s, Ivy Tech has been a big one. Through its Hospitality Administration Department, it offers the area’s only culinary program, providing students an opportunity to study culinary, baking, and pastry arts, and it has been churning out talent.

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News
4:14 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Zoeller Set to Promote Lifeline Law for Underage Drinkers

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller poses with a tag promoting the state's Lifeline law, which gives legal immunity to minors seeking medical attention for other drunk minors.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Senator Jim Merritt will be touring Indiana high schools and colleges again this year promoting an expansion to the state’s Lifeline law.

The original Lifeline law provided immunity from underage drinking charges for minors that seek medical attention for other drunk minors. 

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Politics & Government
2:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Committee Eyes Streamlined Adoption Process

A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.

Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child.  It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience. 

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Station News
12:17 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Your Public Radio Station Needs Your Support

Toll-free pledge number:  1-800-471-9264   Pledge online: Click Here

It's WBOI's Spring Fund Drive, one of a few times per year when we come to you to ask for your help paying for programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the programs we produce here on 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI. Pledge now!

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business

Mountain dulcimers under construction at Folkcraft Instruments in Woodburn.
Courtesy Folkcraft

In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called Folkcraft Instruments.

The company manufactures traditional folk instruments you might not always be able to find in a typical instrument store: dulcimers, ukuleles, Finnish folk harps and more.

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