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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Farmland Jazz Band Celebrates the Holidays with "The Dude"

Farmland Jazz Band is performing a festive variety of music this week, all in their signature Dixieland style.
Credit Courtesy/Farmland Jazz Band

If you're looking for an unexpected way to celebrate the holiday season, here's an idea: The Farmland Jazz Band is presenting two shows this week that combine New Orleans-style holiday standards with music from the classic Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski.

You can call him His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. But whatever you call him, there's no doubt that the character of "The Dude" and The Big Lebowski are staples of the cult film canon.

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Station News
11:14 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Holiday Music on 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI!

89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI are happy to bring you both new and traditional programs this holiday season! 

89.1 WBOI 

Tonight from 9-11, don't miss the final installment of The Nights Before Christmas, an eclectic mix of holiday music! 

On Dec. 19th from 8-11pm, you can hear holiday jazz music on the Friday Vibe, put together by host Bruce Reidenbach. 

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News
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Business Booming for Christmas Tree Farms Still Recovering From Drought

Judy Reifenberg is the co-owner of St. Joe Tree Farm in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

By this time of the year, many households that put up a Christmas tree, already have, whether it be fresh cut or artificial. Most fresh trees are grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, but plenty are grown right here in Indiana.

2014 was an interesting year for Hoosier tree farmers, who had a great growing season this summer, but are still recovering from a drought in 2012.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino head out to the only two tree farms left in Allen County, to find out how this season’s going, and what the future may hold.

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News
6:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Coalition Pushing to Change the Way Legislative Maps are Drawn

Indiana's district lines are redrawn every 10 years.
Credit State of Indiana

Leaders of “good government” groups say Indiana can’t wait any longer to explore changing the way it redraws its legislative maps every ten years. 

Indiana’s voter turnout in the last election was the lowest in its history and the worst in the country.  Common Cause Indiana’s Julia Vaughn says that’s in part because voters don’t have enough choices,  noting that 44 out of the 100 state Representatives ran unopposed.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Weekly Experiment - Thermodynamics

This week, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about thermodynamics.  What is it, and what are some examples?

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Arts & Culture
5:08 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Gallery Gives Fort Wayne Artist New Chances to Connect

Terry Ratliff thrives on connecting people to art, and says he needs to paint every day to be happy.
Credit Ellie Bogue

There's a brand new gallery on the Fort Wayne art scene, and the sign in the window reads "Ratliff".

The man behind that sign is Fort Wayne native, Terry Ratliff.

He's well known in the region for a bold painting style that's as unmistakable as it is popular.

For a closer look at the big picture, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ratliff to discuss the secret of his success.

Ratliff Gallery is located at 1124 Broadway in Fort Wayne, near The Phoenix.

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Transportation
5:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

General Assembly Unlikely to Raise Road Funding Next Year

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the cost of maintaining Indiana’s roads is substantial and growing, while the revenue streams used to pay for those repairs are decreasing.  Yet, the legislature will likely be unable address that issue in its next budget.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Fort Wayne Group Targets Global Poverty Through Handmade Art

Lorelei VerLee provides creative business and marketing solutions for women around the world seeking to rise up, and out of poverty.
Credit Courtesy/Lorelei VerLee

December 10th is Human Rights Day, a global celebration formally established by the United Nations in 1950.  

Poverty is among the most pressing human rights challenges in the world, and here in Fort Wayne, one organization is tackling the issue with what they call "global empowerment through handmade design."

The group is Creative Women of the World.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with the organization's founder, Lorelei VerLee, to find out more about its mission.

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Government
4:49 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Federal Assistance Flows in to Aid Local Storm Recovery

Heavy snow blankets West Wayne Street in Fort Wayne, January 2014.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana has received nearly $4.7 million in federal grants so far to help the state and local governments recover from the Jan. 5-9 winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places and brought the state its coldest temperatures in two decades.

Pence said Tuesday that 30 counties mostly in central and northern Indiana were granted federal public assistance, snow assistance or both.

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News
4:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

No Raises for Fort Wayne Council, Mayor

Credit City of Fort Wayne

Neither the Fort Wayne City Council nor Mayor Tom Henry will get a raise in 2015.

The Council voted six-to-three Tuesday against an ordinance that would have granted them all a two percent pay increase.

City Clerk Sandy Kennedy is the only elected city official who will receive a raise next year.

There was disagreement among the councilmen about the appropriateness of voting on their own wage increases, especially this year. Several members cited the fact that council voted this year to end collective bargaining rights for some city union members.

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