News
5:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Indiana GOP Platform Language Not Yet Up For Discussion

There was no discussion Friday in an Indiana GOP committee meeting about language regarding same sex marriage as part of the party’s platform. That’s despite strong efforts from some delegates who want the party to formally address the issue.

The meeting in Fort Wayne was unexpectedly short.

As it stands, the 2014 Indiana Republican platform makes no mention of gay marriage.

In 2012, the 10-member resolutions committee accepted an amendment to the party platform. This year, amendments weren’t even allowed to be introduced.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

A Change in Perspective Wins High School Photographer National Award

Jessica Lineman, Senior Carroll High School
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

A senior from Carroll high school in Fort Wayne is headed to Carnegie hall.

A photograph by Jessica Lineman won a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award – the longest running source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country.  The national awards will be given out Friday in New York.

Past winners include everyone from Sylvia Plath to Andy Warhol to Lena Dunham.

In Fort Wayne, the Scholastic program through The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, has grown and been recognized as one of the top in the country.  

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Education
2:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Study: Guidance Counselors Spending Less Time with Students

Guidance counselors are supposed to spend a lot of time with students. They help kids decide which classes to take, fill out college scholarship applications and advise them on the path they should choose after they graduate high school.

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News
11:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Indiana Considering Counties for Pre-K Pilot Program

Eighteen counties, including Allen County,  are being considered for the state-funded pre-k pilot program. The state legislature approved  the program earlier this year and the Family and Social Services Administration announced the  finalists today. Just five of  those counties that will be chosen to participate in the pilot program.  

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Opinion - Food
6:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ranked: The Fort’s Tastiest Wings

The wings at Tower Bar and Grill took a top spot on Amber Recker's list because of the special rubs available and the option to order them grilled.
Credit Amber Recker / for WBOI News

For years, I’ve listened to people debate about which Fort Wayne restaurant serves the best wings, so I did some crowdsourcing to identify the top spots and set out to try them myself. Based on hundreds of responses on Twitter and Facebook, I narrowed the list to the most popular five.

So which place do I think has the best wings? Here are my reviews.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Interview: Harvey Cocks on a "Life in Theater"

Harvey Cocks today (left) and in the 1940s (right).
Credit Courtesy / Harvey Cocks

Going on ninety years old, actor, director, writer and Fort Wayne Youtheatre's artist-in-residence Harvey Cocks is still going strong, as he's been explaining in his fascinating three-part lecture series, "My Life in Theater," at the Wunderkammer Company.

He'll deliver the final installment tonight, but earlier this week, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek at the Madge Rothschild Studios to share a few backstage insights into his long-term love affair with show business.

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News
4:31 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Indiana Leader Pushes for More High-paying Jobs

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says Indiana isn’t doing enough to ensure that jobs being created in  the state are high-paying ones. 

A recent study from the Indiana Institute for Working Families says Indiana has the highest percent  growth of what it calls “low-wage” jobs of any of its neighboring states. Low wage jobs are those whose  median annual salary is below the federal poverty level, about $23,000 a year for a family  of four. 

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Politics & Government
1:04 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Pence Vows to Fight New EPA Regulations

Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.  Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy. 

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Politics & Government
2:18 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Treasurer Nomination Up for Grabs as GOP Convention Nears

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry.
Credit File / Tim Berry Campaign

Indiana Republican Party Chair Tim Berry says he hopes his party’s upcoming state convention will show Hoosiers that the GOP can come together and have fun.

Listen to Brandon Smith's preview of the upcoming Indiana GOP convention.

There are three statewide positions up for election this fall – Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer. 

Democrats had already decided on their three nominees going into the state party convention, and Republicans have incumbents running for Secretary of State and Auditor – Connie Lawson and Suzanne Crouch.  But three candidates are vying for the GOP’s state Treasurer nomination in what’s expected to be a hotly-contested convention fight.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Heritage Trail - The First Lighted League Game

This week 131 years ago, League Park, known today as Headwaters Park, hosted the first professional evening baseball game under big league lights. WBOI’s Tom Castaldi from the Heritage Trail has that story. 

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