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4:47 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Historic Hoosier Toboggan Run Opens for the Season

First day of the season for Pokagon State Park's Toboggan Run is Friday--with or without snow.

The upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will bring a lot of American traditions together: turkey, good cheer, football, shopping.

But a uniquely Hoosier tradition will also start up again this Friday at a northeastern Indiana park.

Pokagon State Park's Toboggan Run will open for the season this Friday -- with or without snow.

The original slide was built in 1935, but when it began to deteriorate in the 1970s, a new thirty foot tower and twin track took its place.

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Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Last Waltz Comes Alive This Weekend at C2G Music Hall

Concert goers can expect to be transported back in time to The Band's last concert by a "who's who" lineup of Fort Wayne and Indy musicians.
Credit Courtesy/Bill Mallers

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, iconic Canadian rock group, The Band, gave their final concert, a milestone event Martin Scorsese captured on film in The Last Waltz.

Nearly forty years later, former Fort Wayne musician Bill Mallers commemorates the concert -- and The Band's musical legacy -- with his own tribute performance. It's called "Such a Night -- Recreating The Music of The Last Waltz".

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Opinion - Politics
3:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

What to Expect from the Indiana General Assembly in 2015

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

Election Day was November 4th and the members of the Indiana General Assembly got together on November 18th for Organization Day.  Organization Day is the third Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  This is the day that legislators take their oaths of office and in the days after that, the leaders announce committee assignments and who would be chairing those committees. 

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Station News
2:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Listen to "Turkey Confidential" on Thanksgiving from 11am-1pm!

Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Credit APM

Every year, Lynne Rossetto Kasper from the Spendid Table hosts a live call-in show to help guide you through your Thanksgiving Day preparations!  This year's show will feature several guests, including chef Lidia Bastianich, David Leite, publisher of Leite’s Culinaria,  New York Times food columnist Melissa Clark, and Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew.  

If you want to ask Lynne and her guests a question, call 1-800-242-2828 tomorrow from 11am - 1pm. They will also be on Facebook and Twitter. Just use the hashtag #turkeyconfidential.  

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Station News
11:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

"The Nights Before Christmas" Returns to WBOI in December!

Nights Before Christmas and Movie Music Spotlight host Rob Martinez
Credit Rob Martinez

WBOI is proud to present for the fourth consecutive year unique holiday music specials produced by Rob Martinez, host of "The Movie Music Spotlight", and owner of one of the largest private collections of Christmas music in the United States.

"The Nights Before Christmas" will be broadcast on three nights this December with a different theme for every half-hour segment.   Some of the themes will include Christmas On Broadway, An "I Want" Christmas, A Progressive / Psych Christmas, and The Christmas Music of Ruth Lyons.  

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5:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

State Warns Residents Against Healthcare Scammers

The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning people purchasing health care on the federal marketplace to be on the lookout for scammers.

Open enrollment in the federal marketplace known as Healthcare.gov began earlier this month.  More than a hundred thousand Hoosiers enrolled last year. 

Department of Insurance Chief Actuary Karl Knable says people reenrolling or seeking insurance on the marketplace for the first time should be alert about potential scams. 

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Zoo News
2:43 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

It's a Girl! Rare Sumatran Orangutan Born at Fort Wayne Kid's Zoo

Tara the Sumatran orangutan and her newborn.
Credit Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has a new addition. Tara the Sumatran orangutan gave birth early Saturday. 

It’s a girl! New mom Tara delivered her healthy baby unassisted and with no complications - although zookeepers were prepared for any possible outcome.

Tara had been pregnant for about 8 months. Since she’s a first time mom, she spent those months practicing her motherly duties with a stuffed animal. Her trainers were also ready to assist if Tara didn’t take to her role well, or rejected the baby.

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In a New Exhibition, Creative Couple Combine Artistic Passions

Fort Wayne artists Christopher and Sayaka Ganz agree that they are each other's biggest fan, and strongest confidante.
Credit Courtsey/Sayaka Ganz

Christopher and Sayaka Ganz are making their mark on the national arts scene: Sayaka with her whimsical "reclaimed object" animal sculptures, and Chris for his skillfully rendered charcoal drawings and prints.

This month, for the first time ever, they have combined their artistic impact for a collaborative exhibition at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.

Curious to learn how and where the lines are drawn in a two-artist household, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the Ganzes to discuss their craft.

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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

After Kassig's Death, U.S. Reviewing Hostage Policy

Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton says current U.S. hostage policy makes sense, but could use some updating.
Credit File

As Hoosiers mourn the loss of Indianapolis-native Abdul-Rahman Kassig, the United States is considering changes to its hostage policy, and a former Indiana congressman says that could include strengthened military action to rescue Americans being held captive.

The White House revealed this week President Obama called for a full review of the country’s current hostage policy earlier this year.

The administration says that review will not include changes to the longstanding U.S. policy of not paying ransom.

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4:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Cost of Thanksgiving Meal Drops in Indiana, Rises Nationwide

Nationwide, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for ten people rose to $49.41, though it's a few dollars cheaper in Indiana.
Credit Courtesy / American Farm Bureau Federation

Your traditional Thanksgiving dinner may be a little less expensive this year.

According to the Indiana Farm Bureau, the average cost of a Turkey Day meal for ten Hoosiers is down to $46.93, the second year in a row the price has dropped.

The Indiana total is also lower than the national average of $49.41, released by the American Farm Bureau Federation Thursday.

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