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Courts
4:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Court Hears Arguments in Former Secretary of State's Appeal

Former Secretary of State Charlie White is appealing his 2012 voter fraud conviction. The Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday.
Credit File

An attorney for former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White says state law was misapplied when White was convicted in 2012 of six criminal counts stemming from voter fraud.  Arguments in the case took place Tuesday before the state Court of Appeals.

White’s appeal included several arguments – the jury wasn’t properly instructed, selective prosecution, his attorney at the time – Carl Brizzi – was ineffective. 

But when pressed by the Appeals Court judges for the strongest argument, White’s current attorney Andrea Ciobanu says it’s misapplication of the law. 

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Higher Ed
2:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Some Leaders Concerned About High Number of Out-of-State College Students

Indiana University - Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke says regional campuses serve local communities and largely Hoosier students.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana University - Kokomo

Indiana’s legislative leaders are expressing concerns about the increasing number of out of state students at the state’s universities, which could affect state funding to those institutions.

Of Purdue’s undergraduate students, 44 percent are non-Indiana residents, and at IU-Bloomington, 43 percent of the current freshman class comprises out-of-state and international students.

This high number of out-of-state students could affect funding to such institutions, as legislators have expressed disappointment in these high numbers.

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News
4:52 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Indiana Workplace Injuries Continue to Drop

The overall nonfatal injury and illness rate in Indiana continues to decline.
Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Workplace injuries and illnesses in Indiana have fallen to a historic low. The Indiana Department of Labor report was released Monday.

2013 was the second year in a row that nonfatal injury and illness hit a record low.

The agriculture industry saw the biggest decline - 50 percent fewer injuries and illnesses from 2012.

All that’s thanks to the culture of safety that’s developed in many companies across the state – according to Bob Dittmer with the Indiana Department of Labor.

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Congress
2:55 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Senate Bill Aims to Reduce Suicide in the Military

Sen. Joe Donnelly authored a bill aimed at preventing military suicides that he expects to pass the Senate soon.
Credit File

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly says legislation nearing passage will be an enormous help in preventing suicide among military service members.  More than 3,000 active-duty soldiers have taken their lives since 2001.

The rate of suicide among National Guard members has grown more than any other military branch in the last five years.  That’s why legislation Donnelly authored requires annual mental health assessments for all servicemembers – including members of the National Guard and reservists. 

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Education
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.

  Event Information:

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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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Business
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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News
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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News
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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