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6:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Public Offers Input on Fort Wayne's Riverfront Development Study

The city is asking for your input on what you want to see on Fort Wayne's riverfront.

  The City of Fort Wayne is taking public input on its riverfront development study. The study is a comprehensive look at the City’s rivers and surrounding land, and intended to guide future investment and development for the downtown riverfront. The city’s first public input meeting was held Thursday.

It was standing room only at the meeting.  Many attendees wanted to know more about recreational and retail opportunities on the river.  

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Education
5:18 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Once Thought Dead, Pre-K Pilot Bill Gets Approval

Empty chambers at the Indiana House of Representatives.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

The House Thursday approved a preschool pilot program after it was seemingly left for dead just two weeks ago.

Speaker Brian Bosma says creation of the pre-k pilot wouldn’t have been possible without a funding mechanism crafted by the Senate.  The program can use up to $10 million in existing funds from the Family and Social Services Administration, while at least ten percent and up to 50 percent of that in matching funds must come from private sources. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

State Adopts New Social Studies Standards

State education officials approved new social studies expectations for Indiana schools Wednesday. The standards are very similar to ones the state has been using since 2007.

State Board member Cari Whicker wanted to know what the proposed changes would mean in her sixth grade history class.

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Station News
4:43 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

94.1 WBNI to Broadcast Fort Wayne Philharmonic's "Audience Choice 2013/14"

94.1 WBNI is proud to broadcast the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Masterworks Series.  This Thursday, March 13th at 7pm we will be featuring the March 1st concert,  "Audience Choice 2013/14."  

You can also hear these Fort Wayne Philharmonic performances on Thursday at 7pm on the following dates: 

Thursday, April 10: Bizet's Carmen

Thursday, April 24: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Thursday, May 22: Closing Night: Beethoven's Ninth Symphon

Station News
1:53 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

94.1 WBNI Signal Disrupted Due to Weather Conditions

Snow and ice have accumulated on the antennas that send our signal from our studio site to the transmitter site in Roanoke.  We are working on finding a solution to this issue.  In the meantime, you can still listen live at wbni.org or on 89.1 HD-2.  Thank you for your patience!

Politics & Government
3:38 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Hoosier Gun Bill

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, testified Monday against a bill allowing guns on school property.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Legislation that would allow guns to be locked in cars on school property is attracting national attention.  The head of an anti-gun violence group testified Monday in a committee hearing on the bill.

Proposed legislation would allow licensed gun owners to keep their guns locked in their cars on school property, which is currently a felony. 

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Arts & Culture
4:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage

Jesters Director Allison Ballard. The Jesters perform "Horse Tales" this weekend at the USF North Campus Auditorium.
Credit Courtesy / Allison Ballard

The Jesters performing group is itself a unique story in Fort Wayne's theater community.

Formed more than thirty years ago and sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, the Jesters is comprised of people with mild to severe disabilities with a wide variety of generations represented, with the goal of enhancing each member's quality of life.

Each spring, the group presents an original, multi-media performance.

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News
6:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

No Local Money in Roads Funding Bill

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it’s unlikely the General Assembly will include any local  funding in legislation freeing up transportation dollars. 

In last year’s budget, the General Assembly put aside 400 million dollars into a transportation fund to be  used for major projects in the future. In response to a request by the governor, proposed legislation this  session would release at least some of the money to the executive branch for construction now. 

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Opinion - Food
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Promotes Sustainable Food By Nixing the Soil

Get Fresh Farms in Fort Wayne grows a variety of vegetables through hydroponics, a process that uses no soil.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

The locavore movement is starting to take hold in Northeast Indiana, as is evident by the growing popularity of farmers markets. We want to know where our food is grown and raised. When you buy produce from the grocery store, you don’t know where or by whom it was grown.

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News
1:32 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

WBOI Presents: "A Crash Course on the Crisis in Crimea"

The Crimean Peninsula, the southern region of Ukraine.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

As tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, the world is now turning its attention to the country’s southern region.

But why is the Crimean Peninsula so interesting to Russian President Vladimir Putin? And where do other world powers fit into the equation?

On this edition of WBOI Presents, we’ll go beyond the headlines with a panel discussion examining the history of Crimea and the politics at play. 

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