Sean Bueter http://wboi.org en GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections http://wboi.org/post/gop-leader-proposes-city-worker-protections <p>Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.</p><p>Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.</p><p>Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:26:52 +0000 Sean Bueter 33822 at http://wboi.org GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections Allen County Selected for Pre-K Pilot Program http://wboi.org/post/allen-county-selected-pre-k-pilot-program <p>Allen County is among the five counties picked to participate in Indiana's pre-K pilot program.</p><p></p><p>The program provides up to ten million dollars – along with local matching funds – to help low-income four-year-olds attend pre-kindergarten classes. Vouchers would go to families with incomes below 127 percent of the poverty line.</p><p></p><p>United Way of Allen County was selected to lead the campaign to bring the pilot here, and UWAC Director of Community Impact Jeanne Zehr says the program could serve more than 1,400&nbsp;children when it’s up and running.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:21 +0000 Sean Bueter 33616 at http://wboi.org Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding http://wboi.org/post/mile-mile-fort-wayne-trails-continue-expanding <p>Last week, the City of Fort Wayne <a href="http://wboi.org/post/pufferbelly-trail-begins-extension">cut the ribbon</a> on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.</p><p>The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an <a href="http://fwtrails.org/maps/">increasingly connected trail system</a> across four counties in Northeast Indiana.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:25:14 +0000 Sean Bueter 33549 at http://wboi.org Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum http://wboi.org/post/julys-leading-index-suggests-growing-economic-momentum <p>New analysis from Indiana University suggests the Hoosier economy is heading in the right direction.</p><p><a href="http://www.stats.indiana.edu/lii/">The Leading Index for Indiana</a> – which uses national-level economic data to make predictions about the state’s economy – rose slightly in July. That’s the second monthly increase in a row.</p><p></p><p>According to Timothy Slaper at the IU Kelley School of Business, the increase comes in part because of a jump in homebuilder sentiment, what he calls the “exhuberant stock market,” and a strong outlook in transportation and logistics.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:32:53 +0000 Sean Bueter 33499 at http://wboi.org July's Leading Index Suggests Growing Economic Momentum From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter http://wboi.org/post/vault-julia-meeks-never-released-interview-johnny-winter <p>Blues legend Johnny Winter <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332226923/blues-guitarist-johnny-winter-dies-at-70">died this week at the age of 70</a>. The Grammy-winning artist was known for his high-energy picking style and a fiery presence on stage, both of which helped make him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, according to&nbsp;Rolling Stone.</p><p>In 2013, Winter performed in Fort Wayne, and WBOI's Julia Meek was given the opportunity to interview him.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:37:05 +0000 Sean Bueter 33399 at http://wboi.org From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter Investigation Clears 122nd Fighter Wing Commander of Allegations http://wboi.org/post/investigation-clears-122nd-fighter-wing-commander-allegations <p>The commander of a Northeast Indiana Air National Guard unit was cleared of any legal wrongdoing Wednesday after he was anonymously accused of misconduct and misspending more than $230,000.</p><p>In April, an anonymous tip to a Fort Wayne media outlet accused 122<sup>nd</sup> Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Augustine of eleven separate instances of misconduct or misappropriation of funds.</p><p>Those accusations included improperly spending $100,000 on speech classes for Guard members and using an A-10 Thunderbolt as a personal taxi.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:23:27 +0000 Sean Bueter 33299 at http://wboi.org Investigation Clears 122nd Fighter Wing Commander of Allegations First Hoosier Couples Marry as Judge Lifts Gay Marriage Ban http://wboi.org/post/first-hoosier-couples-marry-judge-lifts-gay-marriage-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge’s ruling striking down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban brought a flurry of activity – and even some confusion – at county clerk offices Wednesday, as gay and lesbian couples applied to be legally married.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Judge Richard Young released the decision Wednesday without issuing a stay, meaning all same-sex couples in Indiana could immediately apply for marriage licenses.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:51:43 +0000 Sean Bueter 32337 at http://wboi.org First Hoosier Couples Marry as Judge Lifts Gay Marriage Ban Longtime Public Radio Host and Advocate, Leah Tourkow, Dies at 91 http://wboi.org/post/longtime-public-radio-host-and-advocate-leah-tourkow-dies-91 <p>Friends, family and fans from around the community are remembering a longtime radio veteran and a key member of the NIPR family, Leah Tourkow, who died this week at the age of 91.</p><p></p><p>Leah Tourkow spent more than 60 years on the airwaves, and spent much of that time as an ardent supporter and occasional savior of public radio in Fort Wayne.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:33:55 +0000 Sean Bueter 32061 at http://wboi.org Longtime Public Radio Host and Advocate, Leah Tourkow, Dies at 91 WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments http://wboi.org/post/wboi-presents-mount-vernon-assembly-and-constitutional-amendments <p></p><p>A group of state legislators from around the United States met June 12th and 13th at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss an idea that's never been tested: a convention of the states aimed at amending the U.S. Constitution.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:50:55 +0000 Sean Bueter 31870 at http://wboi.org WBOI Presents: The Mount Vernon Assembly and Constitutional Amendments Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination for Treasurer http://wboi.org/post/mitchell-wins-gop-nomination-treasurer <p align="LEFT" style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 100%; widows: 2; orphans: 2;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: large; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; line-height: 100%; orphans: 2; widows: 2;">The Indiana GOP convention ran late into Saturday afternoon after a floor fight for the Indiana Treasurer nomination went through multiple votes.</span></p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:09:24 +0000 Sean Bueter 31510 at http://wboi.org Mitchell Wins GOP Nomination for Treasurer