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Joe Hren

WBOI Weekend News Roundup 03/17/18

This Weekend News Roundup focuses on highlights of the Indiana General Assembly Session, which came to a chaotic close this week. We cover what bills passed, what didn't and several last minute bills that passed before the session's midnight deadline. Then we move into a special feature covering #NationalWalkoutDay and how Indiana students participated. Thanks to the WBOI News Team and the network of Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters, people from eight schools in a 215 mi radius were able...

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Arts and Culture


Jesters Set To Wow Audiences With Fortieth Annual Performance

The Jesters of the University of Saint Francis is a performing arts group of individuals with disabilities, ages 8 through seniors.

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State News

Statehouse Update: What Passed, What Failed

A handful of legislation died this week as lawmakers ran out of time in the session. But some measures passed, including CBD legalization and a DACA bill, as the General Assembly wrapped up its 2018 session.

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Behind The Mic

Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe , unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe."

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Courtesy/Joseph Daley

Joseph Daley is an internationally recognized composer, educator, and leader of his own Tuba Trio, which will be coming to Fort Wayne on March 20th, for a concert at the Big Apple Jazz Club.


Last month, we aired the first discussion in a series called Factory Families, produced by the University Community Conversation (UC2) Initiative at IPFW. Part two takes a look back at some of the major manufacturers to impact our region. The conversation was moderated by  Steve Buttes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies at IPFW.


Retired International Harvester employee: Bob Glick

Retired Zollner employee: Al Meredith

Retired GM employee: Randy Schmidt

Retired GE employees: Denver Sarver and Carl Reinking

Schools Offer Students Alternatives To Walkout

Mar 14, 2018
Barbara Brosher

Several Indiana schools are planning programs Wednesday rather than letting students walk out of school during a nationwide gun violence protest.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety.

(Screenshot of LookUpIndiana.org)
Jill Sheridan

Nearly one-third of Hoosier students report feeling sad or hopeless, and school is the de facto mental health system for many of them.

A new partnership increases mental health resources for Indiana schools as one website adds tools to help school systems address the social and emotional needs of students.

Northwest Allen County Schools

Students at schools across the country are planning walkouts Wednesday in solidarity with the 17 casualties of the shooting last month in Parkland, Florida. Some northeast Indiana schools are citing walkouts as an opportunity for students to participate in a live civics experience.

At least one district, however, isn’t following this trend. 

The WBOI and WBNI studios are currently without electricity due to a large power outage in northwest Fort Wayne. We will keep you updated on the situation. Visit the Indiana Michigan Power website to stay up to date on outages and here to report an outage, and to view an outage map.




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Legislation on gun regulations appears to be close to its final form as lawmakers heard more than three hours of testimony on the issue Monday.


Schools, Officials Prepare For Student Protests

Mar 12, 2018
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School violence in Florida last month has sparked a wildfire of activism around school safety, and school administrators across the state are working to prepare for student protests planned this month and next.


On March 14, students across the country will join a nationwide school walkout, scheduled for a total of 17 minutes. Each of those minutes represents a victim of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month.


Holcomb Requests $5M More For School Safety Funding

Mar 12, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants lawmakers to deliver an additional $5 million this year for schools to spend on safety upgrades.


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