Lead Stories

3:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Legislators Split Along Party Lines on Pence's Education Changes

Gov. Mike Pence this week proposed making the state superintendent a position chosen by the state board of education. It's currently a statewide elected position.
Credit State of Indiana

Legislative leaders are split along party lines in their evaluations of Governor Mike Pence’s proposed changes to the state’s education hierarchy.

Governor Pence will eliminate the controversial Center for Education and Career Innovation, or CECI, which has been a thorn in the side of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz since its creation two years ago. 

But Pence also wants the General Assembly to allow the State Board of Education – made up of Pence appointees – to elect its own chair, a position held by Ritz. 

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Holiday Home Tour Promises a Nostalgic Glimpse of Fort Wayne's Past

Fort Wayne's Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood maintains a yesteryear flavor to match its historic architecture with old fashioned street signs.

For nearly three decades, residents of Williams Woodland Park have proudly hosted Fort Wayne's only annual Holiday Home Tour.

Six turn of the 20th century homes will be open to the public this year, as well as two apartments in the neighboring Fairfield Manor, The Center for Nonviolence, and portions of the Rialto Theater.

Wondering what motivates such ambitious commitment at this busy time of year, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Association member, Paul McComas, to discuss the neighborhood's history -- and community spirit.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Musical Variety is the Spice of Life this Month for Fernando Tarango

Fernando Tarango feels that everyone is looking for music in this holiday season.
Credit Courtesy/Fernando Tarango

There's live holiday music of every variety being offered this month, and at least one Fort Wayne musician seems to be intent on cornering that market.

Fernando Tarango is slated for nine full-length performances around our area: everything from philharmonic concerts to jazz cabarets to a silent movie score he also composed.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Tarango earlier this week, to discuss what he calls his "Christmas crazies."

Find out where Fernando Tarango is performing this holiday season at his website.

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6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Bravas Restaurant Offers Unique, Gourmet Burgers to Fort Wayne

Bo Gonzalez outside of Bravas, 3412 Fairfield Ave. in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne’s restaurant scene is growing, so is its fleet of food trucks. Where that overlaps - is Bravas.

What began as a purveyor of gourmet hot dogs on the street is now a brick and mortar restaurant dedicated to serving up some surprising burgers.

The shop opened Tuesday on Fairfield Ave. in the 46807 neighborhood. 

You can get a burger pretty much anywhere in Fort Wayne. So, why give Bravas Burgers a shot?

“Um. Because they’re more delicious," says Bo Gonzalez.

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3:51 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Group Renews Push to End Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

Credit Hoosiers for Sunday Sales

A coalition of grocery stores, business and consumer groups is renewing the push to end Indiana’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales.  The group says 2015 is their best chance yet.

The newly-formed Hoosiers for Sunday Sales says the push this time is different, in part because previous efforts have been joined with ending the prohibition on cold beer sales at grocery stores – an issue that’s now tied up in court. 

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3:36 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Fort Wayne Sees Record Infrastructure Improvements in 2014

Mayor Tom Henry in the Southwick neighborhood in southeast Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne invested more than $20 million in local roads and sidewalks in 2014. 

Orange cones, detours, traffic jams --- while construction projects may be a nuisance on our daily commutes, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says they’re good for the city’s economic growth and quality of life. He says this year saw an unprecedented amount of neighborhood improvements, including 50 miles of street paving.

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Politics & Government
12:49 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Groups Fight to Reduce Hoosier Smoking in 2015

Indiana Chamber of Commerce CEO Kevin Brinegar wants legislators to repeal the state's Smoker's Bill of Rights in 2015.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Chamber of Commerce

American Cancer Society officials say Indiana lawmakers should explore ways to help incentivize Hoosiers to quit smoking, a position reflected in the group’s 2015 legislative priorities.

Apart from health advocacy organizations like the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, groups such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are part of the fight to reduce smoking.  For two years, one of the group’s legislative priorities has been eliminating the Smoker’s Bill of Rights.

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Politics & Government
12:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Environmental Group Concerned New Energy Plan Isn't Enough

Environmental groups say they’re concerned the legislature will create a watered-down statewide energy efficiency program to replace the program eliminated earlier this year.

Lawmakers voted last session to eliminate the program known as Energizing Indiana amid concerns about its rising costs.  Governor Mike Pence pledged to bring legislators a new energy efficiency proposal in the upcoming session, one crafted by the Utility Regulatory Commission. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Olfaction

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about olfaction.  

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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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