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Opinion - Politics
5:56 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

When Choosing a Presidential Hopeful, Look Beyond the Headlines

Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at IPFW.
Credit Courtesy / Andrew Downs

The first presidential debate is scheduled for Aug. 6th on Fox News.  This might seem ridiculous given that the presidential election is 16 months away (for those planning ahead: it's Nov. 8, 2016). But keep two things in mind.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Pence Names a New Head of IEDC

Gov. Mike Pence (left) introduced CSO Artchitects CEO Jim Schellinger (center) as the new head of the IEDC Wednesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is reaching across party lines to fill an open seat in his administration.  Pence announced on Wednesday Democrat Jim Schellinger will head the state’s economic development agency.

Schellinger, who’s served on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors since Pence took office, will take a leave of absence from his role as CEO of the Indianapolis company CSO Architects.  The Hoosier Democrat ran for governor in 2008, losing in the primary.

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Arts & Culture
4:55 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Celebrating Arts on the Cutting Edge at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival

Pyroscope Entertainment's Amy Corey and company will be spinning the fire again at this year's Fringe Fest.
Credit Courtesy: Pyroscope Entertainment

If you're seeking the very center of cutting edge arts performance this summer, your best bet is to head to the Fringe.

That's the 2015 Fort Wayne Fringe Festival to be exact, a week-long celebration of innovative talent that crosses all types of boundaries, hosted by Wunderkammer Company.

Festival coordinator Maddie Miller says this year's eclectic, multi-genre line-up offers something for everyone, and attendees need only be ready to expect the unexpected.

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Station News
9:42 am
Wed July 29, 2015

WBOI and WBNI Internet Streaming Down

89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI online internet streams are down currently due to internet connectivity issues at the offices of Northeast Indiana Public Radio, where the streams are uploaded. An engineer is working on the issue.

The terrestrial radio signals for 89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI are unaffected. If you need to contact someone at WBOI or WBNI, please call (260) 452-1189.

Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Plate Tectonics

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains plate tectonics. What is the geological process, when was the idea developed, and what parts of the earth are effected?

  

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Extended Interview: Foster Park, Fort Wayne's "People's Park"

A peek through the gazebo and into Foster Park's popular Bridal Glen.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Colonel David Foster's strong belief in the importance of a city park network here in Fort Wayne earned him the title "Father of the Park System" back in the early 20th century.

And the space bearing his name, Foster Park, continues to be among the brightest stars among the 86 public municipal parks residents enjoy today.

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One in Five
2:40 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Allen County Gets a "C" in ADA Survey

People gather at the Adair Federal Building to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition revealed the results of their survey during the event.
Credit Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Northeast Indiana cities are still working to make the area accessible for everyone. But a disability advocacy group says things have improved since the law passed more than two decades ago.

The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition released a survey showing how residents feel about Allen County’s compliance with the ADA.

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News
1:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

FWCS to Begin Discussions About North Side High School Mascot

FWCS says it will open a dialogue about the North Side High School mascot, shown here.
Credit Courtesy / FWCS

Fort Wayne Community Schools announced Thursday it’s planning to open a conversation about the mascot at one of its high schools.

Since 1927, the nickname for North Side High School has been the Redskins, a term many tribes and non-native people consider derogatory.

Fort Wayne Community Schools says when it was first adopted, the name was meant as a source of pride in local Native American heritage.

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Politics & Government
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

New Laws Expand Statewide Broadband Access

Gov. Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills Wednesday expanding broadband access to more parts of Indiana.
Credit Payne Horning / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills into law today that will expand broadband Internet access across the state.  Pence says it’s legislation like this that’s driving down the state’s unemployment rate.

The new Broadband Ready Communities Development Center will team with local governments to encourage and approve communications projects that expand Internet access. Pence says last week, Nashville, Ind., became the first area in the state to be approved as broadband ready.

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Economy
2:37 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

State Unemployment Rate Falls to Seven-Year Low

Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in more than seven years, falling below five percent in June.

The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 percent last month, the first time it’s been below five percent since February of 2008.  June marks the fifth consecutive month the rate has declined, and since January of 2013, only one other state – Rhode Island – has decreased its unemployment rate more than Indiana. 

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