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5:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne One Step Closer to Passenger Rail

City Councilman and board member of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, Geoff Paddock.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one step closer to bringing back passenger rail to the city. A memorandum of agreement was announced Wednesday.

Nine mayors including Fort Wayne’s Tom Henry will sign a memorandum of agreement to take the next step towards a passenger rail corridor from Chicago to Columbus. That requires an Environmental Impact Study.

Each community along the route must contribute funds towards that study.  Fort Wayne has already secured its share – $200,000

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4:54 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Indiana Selects Rush as First Female Chief Justice

Loretta Rush talking with members of the Judicial Nominating Commission after they announced their pick.
Credit Brandon Smith

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will become Indiana’s new Chief Justice, the first woman to lead the state’s highest court. The decision was made Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Rush is the Court’s newest justice, chosen by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012. The former Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge replaces Brent Dickson as Chief Justice. 

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Civic's "Scoundrels" Updates the Old Confidence Game

Renee Gonzales takes center stage in Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which runs through Aug. 10.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

The 2004 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the popular 1988 movie of the same name, which itself is based on a 1964 movie, Bedtime Story.

The show won rave reviews on Broadway, and is now charming Northeast Indiana as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's summer musical offering.

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News
6:13 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Local Nonprofits Receive $1 Million in Grants

Credit Foellinger Foundation

Nonprofits in Allen County are receiving more than $1 million thanks to grants awarded by the Foellinger Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday. 

Forty-seven local nonprofits are being awarded so called Special Opportunity grants to improve infrastructure. The idea is to make already successful organizations more effective and help them meet their missions.

Funds up to $50,000 are going towards everything from computer equipment to tractors, and even theater seats.

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2:47 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Fort Wayne's Sewer System Continues Overhaul

Aeration basins at Fort Wayne's wastewater treatment plant.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The city of Fort Wayne was established along the confluence of three rivers – waterflows that eventually make their ways over to Ohio and into the Great Lakes. Soil, sediment, runoff from farms, and debris all flush into the water, but here in Fort Wayne, so does a billion gallons of raw sewage each year.

City Utilities is in the process of fixing that, in response to a federal mandate.

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News
4:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Future of HIP 2.0 Unclear

Governor Mike Pence says there are scenarios in which Indiana might not move ahead with healthcare expansion as the state and federal government discuss the proposed plan known as HIP 2.0. Pence says “differences remain” after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  

Pence has long ruled out using federal dollars from the Affordable Care Act to expand traditional Medicaid. Instead, he’s pushed use of the Healthy Indiana Plan as a vehicle to deliver affordable health insurance to around 300,000 Hoosiers within the coverage gap. 

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Politics & Government
2:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Public Corruption Still a Key Focus, Despite Hogsett's Departure

Retiring U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the work of the Public Corruption Working Group will continue.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Joe Hogsett says the U.S. Attorney’s office’s focus on public corruption cases won’t lessen even as he leaves his role leading the office to join the private sector.

Hogsett says when he took office in 2010, a District Court judge told him the office of U.S. Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District hadn’t prosecuted a public corruption case in 20 years. 

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Health & Science
2:56 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

Episode 160 - Compass

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6:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Indiana Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

Indiana and 11 other states are taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court over proposed  regulations limiting carbon emissions from coal plants.

The EPA’s proposed regulations, announced in June, seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the  year 2030. Proponents hail it as a measure that would stimulate enormous investment and job growth.  

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

In The Ginger Kitchen, Ice Cream is Art

July was National Ice Cream Month, and even though we've now hopped into August, the tasty treat continues to be on our minds here at WBOI.

Turns out we're not the only ones.

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