Zach Bernard, WBOI News

Children's Zoo Ending 2015 Regular Season

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is enjoying larger than usual attendance numbers for early October, but the grounds will be much quieter starting next week.
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Fort Wayne Youtheatre Brings Modern Classic to the Stage

Fort Wayne Youtheatre is launching its fall season this Friday evening with a step away from the usual lighthearted musical fare. They'll be performing an adaptation of William Golding's 1954 classic novel, "Lord of the Flies." What makes this dramatic presentation even more compelling is the use of actual 12 year olds to play the roles of the story's 12-year-old characters--parts, according to director, John O'Connell, that are usually given to actors of college age, or older. Earlier this...
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Interview With David Greene

Peter Dominowski

Interview: David Greene On Journalism, Public Radio

David Greene is the host of Morning Edition, author of Midnight in Siberia and a journalist who has reported internationally and across the United States. He visited the WBOI studios in September and WBOI’s Lisa Ryan had a chance to speak with him about the state of journalism, current events and his recent book.
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Indiana Tax Revenue Lower Than Expected

Aug 10, 2015

Indiana is beginning its fiscal year with tax collections that failed to meet expectations by a narrow margin. That’s not good news for business owners hoping the state will help them avoid a major tax penalty next year.

Indiana revenues came in just six million dollars off the mark in July, less than one percent off target. Individual income tax revenues performed better than expected, while sales tax collections came in slightly below target.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Up until the 1950s, Kendallville was home to a windmill production company. They made their last windmill over sixty years ago, but the city keeps that legacy alive by having one of the only windmill museums in the country.

There, you can find windmills from different centuries and places all across the country, and the museum wants to add even more. But the museum first needs to raise money to keep its current exhibitions running.

Before touring the Mid-America Windmill Museum’s 53 windmills, guests are invited to watch a movie to learn more about the science of wind.

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores plastic.  What is this material, what's unique about its molecules, and what are the types of plastic? 

New EPA Rules Mean Changes for Indiana Power Plants

Aug 6, 2015
Daniel X. O'Neil (Flickr)

Indiana must reduce the carbon dioxide its power plants emit by about a third in the next fifteen years.

The mandate comes as part of new Environmental Protection Agency rules President Obama announced this week. The rules require each state to put together a plan on how it will reach the new EPA goals.

The sound of dump trucks and 80-foot cranes moving steel beams fills a small, windy county road outside of Martinsville. The construction means there will soon be not one but two large power plants standing side by side.

Problems With ISTEP Test Delays Results

Aug 6, 2015

After informing the Department of Education this week that there are issues with scoring this year’s ISTEP test, the president of testing company CTB spoke during Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting.

The scoring issues will mean a delay in receiving student scores and school accountability grades.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

As part of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, WBOI has been looking at how accessible Fort Wayne is for people with disabilities.

About one in five people have disabilities in the U.S. That number includes people who are hearing impaired, but not everyone in the deaf community sees it as a disability.

Technology can break down communication barriers for people who are hearing impaired and help provide more equality for everyone.

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Fire Department announced Monday it will hire new firefighters with a $1.4 million grant. The firefighters will fill positions that have been vacant.

At a minimum, there needs to be four firefighters per truck when responding to an emergency.

But when some firefighters retired in recent years, their positions remained empty, meaning others had to work extra hours.

Captain Tom Helmkamp says this overtime means long hours spent away from his family.

2015 NPR by David Gilkey

  Join 89.1 WBOI on Thursday, September 17 at 7pm for An Evening With NPR’s David Greene.

He’ll give a behind-the-scenes look at NPR and Morning Edition, and talk about his experiences in Russia which resulted in his recent book, Midnight in Siberia. Greene will be available after the lecture for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $25/each if purchased before September 1st at or 260-452-1189. Seating is limited!

Click here to buy tickets now!

Governor Mike Pence says the state’s investigation of Planned Parenthood was important in the wake of what he calls appalling remarks by senior officials of the national health care provider.

Pence ordered the State Health Department to investigate the abortion provider two weeks ago in the wake of videos allegedly showing national Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue, which is against the law in Indiana. 

Lisa Ryan / WBOI News

Governor Mike Pence hosted a community conversation at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne on Tuesday. But many attendees didn’t think their questions were answered.

Questions at the forum included topics like education, criminal justice and gay marriage.

Brian Weck of Fort Wayne asked about North Side High School’s mascot. He’s had six kids graduate from North Side, and says the Redskins mascot is about honoring Native Americans, not offending them.


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