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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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Education
2:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Ritz Files Suit Against Board of Education

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

State superintendent Glenda Ritz has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. Ritz thinks the board has violated the state’s Open Door law.

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Education
11:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers Explore More Autonomy for IPFW

Credit Courtesy / Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

State lawmakers say the legislature could give Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne more autonomy and flexibility in funding and degree offerings.

A legislative study committee was tasked this year with investigating the governance structure of the state’s regional university campuses.  And though its initial focus was broad, the committee has narrowed in on one location – IPFW, the state’s fifth largest college campus. 

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is raising questions about the speed of the state's investigation into former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett's grade changing controversy.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he sees no sense of urgency from the state Inspector General in the investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett.

Reports first surfaced in late July that former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett altered school accountability letter grades in 2012 after an Indianapolis charter school – a favorite of Bennett’s team – would have received a mediocre rating. Multiple investigations have been launched into the matter, including one by the Indiana Inspector General.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Interview: Julia Meek with Arts United's Dan Ross

Credit Courtesy / Arts United

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne is one of the oldest united arts funds in the United States. It functions  as an umbrella organization for more than 70 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the area, typically staying busy behind the scenes, while its partners take the spotlight.

In this interview, WBOI’s Julia Meek turns the tables on Arts United Development Director Dan Ross to find out more about the state of the organization.

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News
11:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Henry Names New Deputy Mayor

Mayor Tom Henry introduces new Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his newly appointed Deputy Mayor Tuesday.

Karl Bandemer has a long history with Mayor Tom Henry. In the early 80s Bandemer was in charge of economic development when then city council member Henry served. Henry attributes Bandemer with encouraging a diversity of industry in town, after Fort Wayne had lost thousands of manufacturing jobs at that time.

He also lauds Bandemer for his leadership, government experience, and aptitude for economic development.

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News
11:24 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Breaks Down Its Contribution To Downtown Investment

Rendering of future downtown development.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne has outlined details of its contribution to the recently announced $71 million development in downtown. It is designed to take up nearly an entire city block and include a new national headquarters for Ash Brokerage, and a residential development led by Hanning & Bean Enterprises. 

Of the 71 million dollar public-private partnership, the public portion is 19.5 million.

Only 1-to-2 million dollars of the city’s investment will come from Legacy Funds. The rest is coming from two different sources.

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Politics & Government
12:42 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Works Councils Face Tight Deadline

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching – but only one of the 11 councils has met.

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Station News
6:19 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

WBOI Fall Fund Drive Big Drawing: One Week Stay In Toronto, Canada

The SOHO Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto

Everyone who pledges during WBOI's Fall Fund Drive will be entered into a drawing to receive a one-week stay in a luxury condo in downtown Toronto, generously donated by station friends Jerry and Diane Mackel.

The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo has a full kitchen and is on the top floor of the SOHO Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto, and includes one parking space. You pick the dates, subject to availability.

This is truly a unique and luxurious experience in a city full of cultural diversity, performing arts, and beautiful scenery.

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News
2:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Need Help Signing Up For The Health Care Exchange?

Credit Virginia Alvino

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll look at what resources are availble to help consumers sign-up for exchanges, and navigate the new system. 

Exchange plans are intended for people who either don’t have a job, or an affordable insurance option from their employer.

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