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6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Healthcare Marketplace Enrollment Center Open in Fort Wayne

People seeking insurance can get assistance at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Part of the Affordable Care Act created insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, to offer folks affordable insurance plan options. We’re about six weeks into the open enrollment period now. WBOI’s Virginia Alvino visit the enrollment center at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne to see how the process is going so far. 

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News
1:08 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

New Haven Considers Permitting Golf Carts on City Streets

It may soon be legal to drive golf carts on some streets in New Haven, if a new ordinance passes. An informal council member vote tally at Tuesday night’s city council meeting showed 4 to 3 in support. 

The measure is intended to increase quality of life, particularly for older New Haven residents. It’s clear however that golf carts on the roads could be a safety hazard.

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Education
10:32 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Indiana Students Improve on National Exam

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Indiana fourth graders made significant gains in their performance on national tests designed to compare their reading and math skills with students across the nation. Federal education officials released the results of the exams Thursday.

From 2011 to this year, Indiana fourth graders average score on both the reading and math tests went up 5 points.  On the 500-point National Assessment of Educational Progress, that might not sound like much. But that’s a bigger jump than all but a handful of states. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Dia De Los Muertos Celebrated At The Fort Wayne Museum Of Art

Clay sculptures from Mexico as part of Palermo Galindo's exhibit.
Virginia Alvino

Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is November 1st and 2nd. It's an ancient holiday that is still widely celebrated throughout Latin America. The celebration commemorates the souls of loved ones with food, music, and altars that pay homage. Now the holiday is becoming more main stream. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art holds an annual community exhibit and family celebration, where some locals are maintain their traditions, and others discover them for the first time.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Interview: AARP President Rob Romasco on Changes to Social Security

AARP President Rob Romasco.
Credit Courtesy / AARP

Members of congress began their latest budget talks Wednesday as they look for ways to cut spending and the national deficit.

One of the proposals Americans are likely to see is a change in the way the government measures inflation, moving from the long-standard consumer price index to something called chained CPI (the Washington Post explained the concept here).

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News
3:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

City Council Hears New Anti-Violence Plan

The council session garnered a large turnout of faith leaders, community leaders, and citizens.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne City Council members dedicated their entire session Tuesday to discussing a new anti-violence plan called "Bridges to a Better Community."                                      

Members of the Fort Wayne Urban League created it in response to the near record number of killings in the city this year.

The plan a large amount of data on the disparity between races when it comes to poverty, education, and crime, and specific recommendations on how to reduce violence.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Author Michael Martone Finds the Humor In Hoosier Life

The cover of Martone's 2005 memoir.

Though author and Fort Wayne native Michael Martone has been a professor at the University of Alabama's Creative Writing department since 1996, his Hoosier roots run deep.

He has more than a dozen books to his credit and is this year's recipient of the prestigious National Author's Award from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Foundation.

While in town this month for some of the festivities, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek to talk about his Indiana ties, his process and how the Hoosier State informs his writing.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Music Aboard the Historic Wabash Cannonball

Engine No. 765
Credit Virginia Alvino

For the first time since 1993, steam locomotive no. 765 departed Fort Wayne for a public trip. Thousands hopped aboard for two round-trip excursions to Lafayette, Indiana on October 26th and 27th. The route retraced that of the famous Wabash Cannonball passenger train. The trips were sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. 

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News
3:27 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

WBOI News Review for Friday, Oct. 25

Each week, WBOI's Sean Bueter sits down with Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel and Dan Stockman from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette to look back at the biggest metro and statewide stories of the week.

This week: Superintendent Glenda Ritz sues the State Board of Education; the City of Fort Wayne has a new budget; new Legacy projects are up for consideration soon; and the region loses one of its most successful entrepreneurs.

Dan Stockman and Bob Caylor join WBOI's Sean Bueter each week from the Fort Wayne Newspapers building.

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Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Covered Bridges Disappearing, But Still Community Centerpieces

In the 1800's, an estimated 400 to 500 wooden covered bridges dotted the Hoosier landscape.

As you might expect, time and progress have taken a toll, and now just 90 such structures remain.

To take a look at the history and significance of the covered bridge, WBOI Arts Producer Julia Meek sat down with Ron Branson, founder of the Indiana County History Preservation Society, and author of "Covered Bridges of Indiana.”

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