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2:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Email from Pence's Education Agency Suggested Reducing Ritz's Power

Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says emails from Governor Pence’s new education agency reveal an attempt to oust her as State Board of Education Chair. But Pence administration officials say that attempt is going nowhere.

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3:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Listen Now: "Issues & Ales: Downtown Development"

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, who visited WBOI's "Issues & Ales" on Nov. 20th to talk about downtown development.

On November 20th, 89.1 WBOI held its first ever “Issues & Ales,” a live gathering at JK O’Donnell’s in Fort Wayne designed to get people talking about issues important to the community.

The event was an outstanding success as listeners and newsmakers packed the room for panel discussions, camaraderie, and great beer.

For those who weren’t able to attend the event, we’ll be posting audio from each segment in concert with WBOI Presents.

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Education
2:37 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Board of Education Moving Forward Despite Tension

Indiana State Board of Education Secretary Dan Elsener.

Members of Indiana’s Board of Education say they’re making progress on the state’s education goals despite ongoing tension between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the 10 other board members. The board met Tuesday to outline some of those goals.

Superintendent Ritz walked out of a state board meeting three weeks ago. Today’s session was much calmer as members talked about the goals they want to take to education stakeholders for review next year.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X"

The cover for Dan Stockman's new book, "Brood X."
Credit Courtesy / Dan Stockman

Journalist Dan Stockman has been plying his trade for more than a decade here at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And you’ve heard his voice regularly on WBOI, as well.

Now, he is entered the world of fiction, with his debut novel, "Brood X." He recently sat down with WBOI’s Julia Meek to talk about his writing. 

Dan Stockman will be signing copies and reading from 'Brood X', at its release party this Saturday, November 30th, 5-to-7 p.m., at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells Street in Fort Wayne.

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News
5:43 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Wayne Set To Reinstitute A Director Of Public Safety

Mayor Tom Henry nominated Rusty York as the Director of Public Safety on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The City of Fort Wayne may soon be getting a new Director of Public Safety. Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday that current Police Chief Rusty York is his for the new position. The job is being reinstated in part as a response to the near record number of murders the city’s seen this year.

Henry explains that York will oversee the both the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments. He’ll also aid collaboration between other public safety agencies, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and faith-based communities.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Hoosier Lawmakers Expect Pre-K Debate in 2014

Indiana Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville).

Indiana lawmakers say the issue of whether the state should expand publicly-funded preschool options will likely come up again in the upcoming session, but opponents remain concerned about how much a state-run pre-K program would cost.

Leaders of both political parties have expressed support for re-visiting the issue after a bid to create a $7 million preschool pilot program passed the Indiana House, but stalled in the Senate. 

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Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Interview With American Impressionist C.W. Mundy

News
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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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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