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Ben Clemmer

Sensing Beauty Exhibit Opens in Fort Wayne

The League for the Blind and Disabled partnered with the University of Saint Francis for an art exhibit that opened last week. The show called “Sensing Beauty: A Multi-Sensory Art Experience” lives up to its name. Kristin Miller, assistant professor of public relations, helped build the partnership between the university and the League for the Blind and Disabled. “They needed a friend-raiser, an opportunity for their donors and their consumers to interact in some way.” The need for a friend...

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Arts and Culture


Straw-less Is More: Local Reduce Your Use Campaign Kicks Off For Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day , the Allen County Department of Environmental Management is launching an ambitious campaign at Eagle Marsh this Sunday, called "Reduce Your Use: Plastic Straws."

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State News

Pre-K Report: Indiana Needs Better State-Funded Programming

A recent report says Indiana needs to drastically improve state funded preschool, but state officials say it ignores significant improvements to the program. On this year’s State of Preschool report from The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Indiana ranked second to last for state funded pre-K access for four year olds. It says in 2017, the state only served 2 percent of those children. The report also ranks Indiana 15th in state spending per child. The Indiana Family...

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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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Institute for Women’s Policy Research

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research announced their results for its Employment and Earnings Index and Poverty and Opportunity Index this week. States are graded on six areas and Indiana scored a “D+” in the reproductive rights category. 

Through nine months of the current fiscal period, Indiana tax collections have only met the budget plan’s expectations three times. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana tax collections fell further behind the state’s budget plan last month.

Through nine months of the current fiscal period, Indiana tax collections have only met the budget plan’s expectations three times. That’s after failing to do so in March – about $48 million off the mark.

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) says the events help lawmakers tell constituents about the results of the legislative session and give citizens an opportunity to connect with their government. (Lauren Chapman/IP
Brandon Smith


Indiana’s black state legislators will hold a series of town halls around the state, beginning this weekend.

This is the third year for the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus’s town halls. Caucus Chair Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) says the events help lawmakers tell constituents about the results of the legislative session and give citizens an opportunity to connect with their government.


Two months after the Parkland High School shooting, local students aren’t letting the conversation around guns slow down.

Inmates at the Indiana Women’s Prison will soon be the first outside of California to enroll in a computer coding seminar. The Last Mile program tries to reduce recidivism and train women for a career path where they’re under-represented.

“We all need a second chance,” says MC Hammer, the musician known for "U Can't Touch This" and a board member of The Last Mile. “This is a country of second chances and these ladies deserve a second chance.”

UIndy Launches Addiction Counseling Programs

Apr 5, 2018

The University of Indianapolis’ new addiction counseling programs are in response to a need in Indiana.

Currently, Indiana has too few behavioral health specialists to address mental health needs. And only 10 percent of this group focus specifically on addiction.

College of Applied Behavioral Sciences Dean Anita Thomas says most current behavioral health programs don’t offer enough training specializing in addiction.

Photo provided by ACRES Land Trust

With its recent acquisition of 193 acres along the Allen and DeKalb county line, ACRES Land Trust now permanently protects a large chunk of the area’s most prominent natural feature.

Earlier this week, ACRES announced they secured four separate properties along the Cedar Creek corridor. The area is under heavy development, and with this latest acquisition, the non-profit organization brings 1,000 acres of it under its protection.

High School Focus In Workforce Development Efforts

Apr 5, 2018
2018 workforce development legislation focused in part on improving career counseling in high school. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

State leaders are focused on ensuring Indiana has a workforce capable of meeting the state’s job needs for the next few decades. And that conversation increasingly turns to the state’s public schools, tying high school education to workforce development.

When asked whether it’s too much to ask a 14-year-old to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life, Gov. Eric Holcomb is direct.

Drew Daudelin/IPBS

  National, state and local politicians gathered this morning (Tuesday), to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a speech Robert F. Kennedy gave hours after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hundreds attended to hear speakers including Congressman and prominent civil rights activist John Lewis – who spoke at the March on Washington and worked closely with King.

“He taught us how to live. He taught us how to stand up. To be brave, courageous and bold, and to never give up.”

Ben Clemmer

Welcome to the WBOI News Roundup. We are taking a listen back to some of the biggest events from March and starting this week you can hear the program on Wednesday nights at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 7am.

Zach Bernard reflects on the March for Our Lives, Rebecca Green speaks with former Ambassador/Representative Tim Roemer, and Mark Hagar and DeVonta Beckham join us to discuss the Resurgence of TEDxFortWayne.

Part One:

March for Our Lives w/Zach Bernard (00:00) Other student protests (05:00) Communities battling the opioid crisis (08:58)

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