Lead Stories

3:34 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Organization Works to Reduce High Veteran Unemployment

The National Organization on Disability has put together several guides for businesses on hiring and retaining veterans.
Credit Courtesy / NOD

Nearly half of all military veterans returning to the workforce leave their jobs in the first year. But one organization, the National Organization on Disability, is helping employers focus on retaining, not just recruiting, veterans to the workforce.

The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans in Indiana is more than double the state average. Nationally, the turnover rate for veterans returning to the workforce is about 50 percent in the first year, and about 75 percent within two years. 

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

British Author Chris West Puts His Stamp on American History

Author, Chris West, considers postage stamps to be little paper time-travel machines to another era.
Credit Courtesy/Imogen West

Our nation's history has been written many times, in many ways.

But it's also been stuck -- quite literally -- to our letters and packages. That's the perspective shared by British author Chris West in his new book, A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.

West is visiting Fort Wayne at the invitation of the Anthony Wayne Stamp Society, and WBOI's Julia Meek brought him to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the beauty -- and history -- of the postage stamp.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Coats Optimistic About GOP Senate Majority

Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana.

Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats says the GOP’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party. That is, if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Sunny Taylor Celebrates Growth, Independence with "Map to the Fire"

Singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, regards her new album as a celebration of her musical development.
Credit Courtesy / Sunny Taylor

It's been seven years since Fort Wayne singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, released her first full-length album, Lock the Door and Leave.

This week, Taylor has unlocked that door and is letting everyone in on her latest burst of recorded creativity.

She has a new record label and a brand new album, Map to the Fire.

Burning to find out where the map leads, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Taylor to discuss the direction her musical passion has taken.

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Election 2014
4:34 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Despite Losses, Pelath Optimistic About Dems' Future

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath spoke to reporters Thursday about the future of the Democratic party.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says his caucus took a step back in 2014 after losing two seats but promises 2016 will be a very different election.

House Republicans grew their supermajority from 69 to 71 Tuesday.  Minority Leader Scott Pelath says while he wasn’t expecting huge gains, he had hoped to chip away at the GOP’s lead.  And he says responsibility for those losses rests with him.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

House Republicans Choose Leadership for 2015

Indiana House Republicans have a new member in their leadership for the first time in 12 years. The GOP voted on party leadership Wednesday.

Cicero Republican Eric Turner is set to vacate the House seat he won in Tuesday’s election.  Turner had been Speaker Pro Tem since Brian Bosma became Speaker of the House. 

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3:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Committee to Study Efficiency in Allen County Government

Credit Allen County Board of Commissioners

A new committee will explore ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness in Allen County’s executive branch. The announcement was made Wednesday.


The formation of the committee comes just two days after voters decisively shot down a ballot proposal to restructure Allen County’s leadership. Supporters of the referendum claimed it would streamline decision-making and increase checks and balances.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. was among those supporters. Its CEO Mark Becker, will serve on the new committee.

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Station News
1:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

An Update on Car Talk

Credit NPR

By now, you likely have heard the news that Car Talk co-host, Tom Magliozzi, passed away earlier this week due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.  Tom was one of the biggest and brightest personalities in public radio, and this news is very difficult for the public radio family and the millions of Car Talk listeners to receive. 

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6:41 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Schools' A-F Grades Show Improvement

Indiana students are at the top of their academic game. That’s one takeaway from the state’s A-F grades, which were released Wednesday at the monthly State Board of Education  meeting. 

Around 180 more schools received A’s this year under the state’s accountability system, making  the majority of Indiana schools an A school.  Fifty-one percent of schools in the state received As, 35 percent earned Bs and Cs and 10 percent fall  in the D and F zone.  

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Election 2014
4:11 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters Say No to Allen County Restructuring

The "No's" had it Tuesday night as voters defeated a referendum on restructuring Allen County's government. The measure only gained about 30 percent of the vote.
Credit Courtesy / No to One

A ballot measure that would have consolidated executive power in Allen County into a single office failed by a convincing margin Tuesday night.

Voters overwhelmingly defeated the referendum – which proposed restructuring county government away from the current three commissioner system to a single county executive – with about 70 percent checking the “No” box.

That result leaves the current Allen County government structure unchanged.