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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

TV Icon Regis Philbin Offers Advice for New Graduates

Regis Philbin met with reporters at Trine University last week.
Credit Trine University

It’s graduation season, and last weekend Trine University in Angola welcomed  television legend Regis Philbin to Indiana. WBOI’s Virginia Alvino got to meet the cultural icon, and has this appreciation. 

Last Friday, Regis Philbin told journalists he wasn’t sure yet what he was going to say to Trine University graduates. But come on, after more than 50 years in  television, this man’s never lost for words. 

“But they’re all smarter than me," says Philbin, "they’re all engineers, they’re going out, they’re gonna change everything, I think it’s great.”

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Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Fort Wayne Native Scores Big With First Feature Film

Credit Oscilloscope Laboratories

This weekend, Cinema Center will feature a special screening of the independent film, Animals

The movie was directed by Fort Wayne native Collin Schiffli. And it’s picking up accolades, and a lot of attention.

Last year, Animals won the “Courage by Storytelling” award at the South by Southwest Film Festival and has been picked up for national distribution.

And at 28 years old, Schiffli is younger than your typical feature film director. 

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State Government
5:45 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Zoeller Creates Statewide Victim Services Network

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
Credit Courtesy / Greg Zoeller

Attorney General Greg Zoeller is launching a new division within his office aimed at boosting services for victims of violent and sexual crimes.  That effort includes a new statewide advocate network.

Indiana’s hundreds of victim advocates currently operate separately across the state in shelters, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices and hospitals.  The Attorney General’s new Victim Services and Outreach Division will launch the Victim Advocates’ Network to coordinate information and training. 

Zoeller says the network will link up various advocacy efforts.

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News
5:41 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Police and Fire Departments to Offer Public Safety Summer Camps

Mayor Tom Henry joined public safety and community leaders at Bridge of Grace Ministries to announce new public safety summer camps.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Coats Wants Bipartisan Nominating Commission

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats proposed a new commission for filling judicial vacancies Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Dan Coats

U.S. Senator Dan Coats says he wants to take the politics out of appointing federal judges, proposing a bipartisan commission to fill vacancies. Indiana’s federal system has three vacancies, with another on the way.

To fill judicial vacancies at the federal level, U.S. Senators submit recommendations to the president, who then submits a candidate for nomination to the Senate. 

Senator Coats says the system is fraught with politics, particularly when, as in Indiana, the two senators are from different parties. 

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Public Health
2:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Number of HIV Cases in Scott County Grows to 153

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Scott County is the epicenter of an ongoing HIV outbreak. Health officials have tracked down 153 new HIV cases just since December, the majority of which have been caused by injection drug use.

To combat the outbreak, Gov. Mike Pence authorized a temporary needle exchange in the county. Scott County officials are taking steps to legalize the exchange long-term.

Under new legislation passed just a couple weeks ago, any county in the state can go through a formal process to legalize exchanges. And Scott County has already gotten the ball rolling.

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Arts & Culture
1:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Mikautadze Dance Theatre Puts "Abstractions in Motion"

Mikautadze Dance Theatre's company readies for "Abstractions in Motion", a multi-media collaboration.
Credit Courtesy/MDT

Mikautadze Dance Theatre is celebrating its third full-length season as company-in-residence at IPFW's College of Visual and Performing Arts this year.

The group's latest show, Abstractions in Motion, features collaborations across artistic elements, individual artists, and genres.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with MDT directors Elizabeth and David Mikautadze, to discuss the finer points of translating abstraction in the art of dance.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Tallian Announces Bid for Governor

Indiana Sen. Karen Tallian announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Unlike the 2012 campaign, John Gregg won’t have an uncontested path to the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  State Senator Karen Tallian Tuesday announced her candidacy for governor.

A ten-year veteran of the Indiana Senate, Karen Tallian says she’s been considering a gubernatorial run for two years.  The Northwest Indiana attorney says the Statehouse has been under one-party control for too long.

“And I, like, looked around at our party and said, ‘Who’s going to do this?’” Tallian said. “Somebody has to speak for the progressive point of view.”

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News
4:25 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Banks Announces Run for Congress

Jim Banks announced his candidacy at the Allen County Republican headquarters alongside his wife Amanda, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks announced Tuesday he’s running for congress in Indiana’s third district. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman, who’s stepping down to run for U-S Senate. 

Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.

The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.

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News
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Report Finds Rampant Problems Within BMV

Credit Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Hoosiers will be getting more refunds from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles over the next couple of  months as further overcharges surface. An outside assessment of the BMV revealed rampant problems within the embattled agency.

The BMV, in the wake of lawsuits over fee overcharges and millions handed out in refunds, hired  consulting firm BKD to evaluate the agency.  BKD’s report, released Monday, uncovered numerous  issues, including problems with the BMV leadership structure, a complex fee system, and a lack of  internal controls and effective oversight.  

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