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Indiana Bicentennial
4:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

State Introduces Bicentennial Visioning Project

Credit Courtesy / Indiana Bicentennial Commission

Indiana is gearing up for a celebration of its 200-year history, and former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the upcoming bicentennial party can’t just be about the state’s past, but also about its future.  He helped announce the creation of the Bicentennial Visioning Project on Friday.

Hamilton – who co-chairs the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – says he wants the state’s Bicentennial Celebration to be about trying to make Indiana’s future a better one. 

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Science Education
3:27 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Science Central's Martin Fisher Talks Science Education and "The Weekly Experiment"

Last Saturday, May 23rd, WBOI's local segment, The Weekly Experiment, aired its milestone 200th episode.

The man behind it is Martin Fisher, the executive director of Science Central, who gets production help from Rob Martinez.

Each week, Fisher explores a different scientific idea, and then invites listeners to try an experiment at home that illustrates the core concept.

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Transportation
2:50 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Post-Bankruptcy, Toll Road Gets New Management

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Eight months after previous management filed for bankruptcy, the Indiana Toll Road has a new operator.

IFM Investors took ownership of the operation of the road and its pavilions after the state finance board approved the deal earlier this month.

The change in ownership comes after the original operator, ITR Concession, declared bankruptcy on more than $6 billion in debt last September.

That group will continue operating the toll road under the ownership of the new company.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Working in Silver: A Conversation with Karen Thompson and Stephen Perfect

Karen Thompson created this "three transformation" portrait of herself and Stephen Perfect for us, with a photo taken by Gabriel DeLobbe.
Credit Gabriel DeLobbe and Karen Thompson

Photography as a medium has been a perennial favorite among fine artists, amateurs and art enthusiasts alike.

And you might say it's seen a renaissance lately, now that just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.

Two veteran fine art photographers here in Fort Wayne, Stephen Perfect and Karen Thompson, learned their craft before digital took over.

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Politics & Government
6:10 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Legislature Passes on Formal Study of LGBT Rights

Indiana Senate President Pro-Tem David Long says even though LGBT civil rights protections will not see formal study this summer, it's still on the minds of legislators.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

Republican legislative leaders say a formal study on creating civil rights protections for the LGBT community won’t happen this year. But they say they’ll be thinking about the issue regardless.

Republican leaders admitted earlier this year that controversy surrounding the religious freedom bill fast-forwarded the debate around adding LGBT protections to the state’s civil rights statute.  But the topic didn’t make it onto the list of issues lawmakers will officially study this summer. 

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Station News
11:46 am
Thu May 28, 2015

HD Transmitter Experiencing Technical Difficulties

The HD transmitter is experiencing technical difficulties and is undergoing maintenance.  Depending on when we receive the parts to fix the transmitter, we hope to have HD service restored tomorrow at some point. Thanks for your patience! 

News
3:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Plant

Employees inspect Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks as they come off the assembly line Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Credit Shane Pequignot / General Motors

General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.

The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.

The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Artistic Expression Through Autism: An Interview with Frank Louis Allen

Indiana Tech acquired a dozen of Frank Louis Allen's original illustrations when it opened its new Academic Building on the Fort Wayne Campus.
Credit Courtesy / Frank Louis Allen

Fort Wayne-based artist Frank Louis Allen is gaining fame around the world for his distinctive illustrations.

Originally from England, Allen now calls Northeast Indiana home, and galleries and collectors alike have embraced the unpredictable grace of his abstract work.

Allen is also an artist with autism, a discovery he made relatively recently in life.

This weekend, he'll present an on-site demonstration at Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art in Jefferson Pointe.

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Energy
5:29 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Pence, Critics at Odds Over New Energy Program

Gov. Mike Pence says the energy efficiency program approved this year will save Hoosiers money.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

“Worse than doing nothing” – that’s how critics describe Indiana’s new energy efficiency effort crafted by Governor Mike Pence and the General Assembly.  But the governor insists the program will keep more money in Hoosiers’ pockets.

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups say the new energy efficiency program is going to drive up costs for residential consumers.  Under the approved legislation, each utility company must develop its own energy efficiency program, and they can raise rates to cover any revenue they lose because of decreased energy usage.

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Health & Science
2:43 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains how tuning forks work.  Why are they different sizes, and what do the numbers associated with them mean? 

This is the 200th episode of the Weekly Experiment! Thank you Martin and Science Central for informing and entertaining the WBOI audience for the past four years! 

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