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3:04 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Picturing Life: An Interview with Fort Wayne Painter Tom Kelly

Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly at work on an oil painting in his home studio.
Credit Tom Kelly

Award-winning Fort Wayne artist Tom Kelly has been cultivating his unique painting style over the course of a lifetime.

Kelly is a familiar name in town, not only for his art, but also as the CEO of Kelly Box and Packaging

Still, he often prefers to fly under the radar. But he's about to step into the limelight with a show at Artworks: The Galleria of Fine Art that begins this weekend.

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4:02 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Winter Weather Plan Sets Up Emergency Shelters

Rev. Terry Anderson of Just Neighbors signs the emergency shelter plan with representatives from other organizations.
Credit Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne organizations signed a winter weather emergency plan Thursday for the city’s homeless.

The shelters will be offered by different agencies in Fort Wayne this winter as part of the city’s emergency shelter plan. The plan only goes into effect when wind chills reach below zero, but some shelters will open at other times as well.

Just Neighbors is one of the partner organizations and provides shelter for homeless families. Its director, Terry Anderson, says it is important that the groups work together to provide shelter for everyone who needs it this winter.

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3:55 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare Subsidies

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Obamacare's federal subsidies Thursday.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Hoosiers who receive tax subsidies to reduce the cost of their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act say they’re celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting those subsidies.

Nearly 160,000 Hoosiers have subsidies that reduce the cost of their insurance by an average of $320 per month. 

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3:01 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

When Parks Flood, the Costs Add Up

Foster Park in Fort Wayne is still recovering from flooding caused by heavy rains.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Recent flooding could cost the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department  hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean-up and lost revenue. 

The parks near Fort Wayne’s rivers are designed to flood – they work as reservoirs to protect property.   

While many parks have been reopened this week after recent heavy rains, portions of Foster and Swinney Park remain under water, and in need of extensive clean up.   

Parks Director Al Moll says the problem isn’t insurmountable.

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5:43 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Indiana's First Lady Awards Grants To Fort Wayne Groups

First Lady Karen Pence's Charitable Foundation also gave a $65,000 grant to Feeding Indiana's Hungry.
Credit in.gov

Indiana’s first lady handed out grants today to 31 community organizations across the state, but the grants bring more than just money to groups in Allen County.

First Lady Karen Pence gave checks of $500-$1,000 to five organizations in Allen County. While every penny helps these nonprofits, the grants also bring recognition – and valuable publicity – to their causes.

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2:28 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Interview: NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent, Nina Totenberg.
Credit NPR / Doby Photography

Nina Totenberg has a lot of superlatives to her name.

As NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent, she's a built a career as a legendary journalist, with a voice and style all her own. She's won countless awards for her work covering the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal matters. And she’s one of NPR’s "Founding Mothers," the group of female reporters who shaped the network from its earliest days.

One thing she's not: a fortune-teller.

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Station News
6:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

"The Nights Before Christmas" in July wants your requests!

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

The summer is in full swing but for Rob Martinez, the calendar always reads Christmas.  89.1 WBOI's resident holiday music expert wanted to celebrate the month of July with a special one time version of his show "The Nights Before Christmas".  This special airs on Tuesday, July 7th from 8 PM to 10 PM.

"We've watched our Facebook page explode with new likes since January," Martinez said.  "It's gone from 150+ likes to over 450+ in less than six months.  I really wanted to do a show for these new potential listeners so they don't have to wait until December."

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6:49 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

DOJ Finds Hoosier Amtrak Stations Not ADA Compliant

The DOJ found none of Indiana's 11 Amtrak stations are ADA compliant
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

A Department of Justice investigation found that many of Amtrak’s facilities across the country don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all 11 Indiana stations.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, the state’s disability advocacy agency, is one of several organizations around the country that filed complaints against Amtrak with the Department of Justice. 

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6:09 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Pollution From Flood Waters Could Threaten Great Lakes

Many Fort Wayne's parks, including Swinney Park, remain largely flooded.
Credit Jeremey Young

While recent flooding across the region has posed public safety concerns and inconveniences, it can also have a significant environmental impact.  Flooding poses more of a threat to  waterways downstream of Fort Wayne. 

Record-setting rainfall this month has caused sewage, sediments, and harmful  nutrients to enter Fort Wayne’s waterways. Dan Wire of the Tri-State Watershed Alliance says although the rivers are  particularly bloated and brown right now, we don’t have much to worry about  here. 

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Opinion - Health
4:35 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Obamacare and SCOTUS, Part III: A Primer and Opinions on King v. Burwell

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abe Schwab

It turns out that 7 out of 10 surveyed individuals in the U.S. are unaware of the Supreme Court case (and eminent ruling on) King v. Burwell.

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