5:19 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

State Withholds Some Domestic Violence Prevention Funds

Domestic violence prevention advocates say they won a small victory Friday when state officials  approved funding for prevention programs at the same dollar amount as last year. But more than a million dollars is still being withheld as the state asks  shelters to provide “additional information.”

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

Visitors can expect to be transported back to the 1800s at the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The event starts Saturday in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / Johnny Appleseed Festival

Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

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4:45 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Henry Announces Proposed 2015 City Budget

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his proposal for the 2015 city budget Thursday.
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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry discussed his proposed city budget for 2015 Thursday.  

Totaling $150 million, the proposal includes 18 new recruits for the Fort Wayne Police Department, and improvement projects for neighborhood streets and sidewalks, as well as City Parks. 

It also allocates funds for the 2015 municipal election. 

Henry’s proposal also includes a small bump in property taxes for some homeowners. Residents whose property is valued under $90,000 thousand would likely pay about nine dollars more.  

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6:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Families Celebrate a Long Migration at Monarch Festival

Virginia Alvino

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable – bright orange wings, black stripes and white spots - but it’s also one of the most threatened species. In 20 years, their population in North America has gone down 90 percent.

The Little River Wetland Project in Fort Wayne wants to help prevent monarchs from disappearing all together. The non-profit based at Eagle Marsh protects the plants the butterflies need to help them on their annual migration from Canada to Mexico.

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5:52 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hoosier Officials Mulling Decision to Include Test Scores on Teacher Evaluations

Indiana education officials are trying to decide whether they should incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations this year.

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing states to decide how test scores play into teacher performance ratings and many are opting to wait another year before making any final decisions.

In fact, many states are in a transition period when it comes to academic standards.

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Opinion - Health
5:03 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Remembering Your Right of Refusal

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

Let’s say that your father, mother, grandmother, sister, or other family member is admitted to the hospital. Given their poor and slowly deteriorating health, this admission comes as no surprise. Your loved one makes it through the event and is now ready to be discharged from the hospital.

Where should they go?

The answer we all would like to give: the place that best fits their medical and personal needs.

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4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Interview: Andy Bean of "The Two Man Gentlemen Band"

The Two Man Gentlemen Band (Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) will visit Fort Wayne Thursday, Sept. 18th.
Credit Courtesy / The Two Man Gentleman Band

For seven years, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have been barnstorming the U.S. as the "Two Man Gentlemen Band," a musical duo slinging a mix of jazz, swing, and good humor.

They're touring behind a brand new album with an extra long title: Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites, and they'll bring that enthusiasm to The Brass Rail in Fort Wayne this Thursday, Sept. 18th.

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1:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Zoeller Warns Hoosiers About Costly Tax Scam

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a new phone scam has already cost Americans millions of dollars.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

The Indiana Attorney General is warning Hoosiers about a new phone scam where people claim to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service.  More than two hundred Indiana residents have filed complaints in the last few weeks.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office says the scam has cost people $5 million nationwide this year alone. 

Someone claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury Department tells consumers they owe tax money and demands payment immediately, threatening to issue a warrant for their arrest otherwise. 

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4:56 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

United Way Names Fort Wayne Native as CEO

The United Way of Allen County announced David Nicole will become the organization's president and CEO in November.
Credit Courtesy / United Way of Allen County

The United Way of Allen County will soon have new leadership.

The organization announced Monday that David Nicole, 38, has been chosen to become UWAC’s new president and CEO. He’s expected to start in November.

The full UWAC board of directors voted to appoint Nicole at its Sep. 11 meeting.

Board Chairman Steve Smith said in a statement the organization is eagerly anticipating working with Nicole.

"The arrival of a new CEO for any organization brings a robust opportunity for creative new beginnings," Smith said.

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Health & Science
12:23 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Weekly Experiment - What is Silk?

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about silk. What is it, and where does it come from?

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