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7:32 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Summer Sizzle: The Fort's Best Burgers

The Chicago Burger at Hall's Gas House is among the best burgers in Fort Wayne, according to Amber Recker.
Credit Amber Recker / for WBOI News

Nothing says summer like a big, juicy burger. So in honor of this warm-weather staple, I set out to find the Fort’s best.

After a heated debate on various social media networks and tallying over one hundred votes, the top six restaurants emerged.

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News
4:57 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Pence: No Recognition for Gay Marriages Performed After Ban Was Struck Down

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages legally performed before a federal appeals court halted a ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban, as Governor Mike Pence says the state must follow the rule of law.

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Station News
11:44 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Classical 94.1 WBNI to Broadcast Fort Wayne Phil's Freimann Concert

This Thursday at 7pm, Classical 94.1 WBNI will feature a special broadcast of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Freimann concert at the Reinhart Recital Hall, performed on March 9th, 2014.  The concert features  chamber music performed by the musicians of the philharmonic and will feature the music of Beethoven, Hagen, Takemitsu, Debussy, and Pärt.  

News
5:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Indiana Michigan Power Makes Solar Plans

Credit Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power plans to start producing solar energy. The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The Fort Wayne-based company already generates three other sources of emission-free power. About one third of their total production comes from nuclear, with a bit more from wind and hydro.

I&M plans to start a pilot program for solar production, constructing five solar facilities – enough to power over 2,500 homes.

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Politics & Government
2:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Columbia City Senator Set for Fall Deployment

Ind. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will be deployed to Afghanistan this fall.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

State Senator Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer, is being deployed to Afghanistan this fall and will miss the entire 2015 legislative session.

Banks will use a provision in state law to take a temporary leave from his seat rather than resign, the first time a state lawmaker has used that provision.

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News
11:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

State Senator Pushing for Gun Crime Penalties

State Senator Jim Merritt says he’s going to push for legislation next session that would dramatically increase penalty enhancements for criminals that use a gun. Merritt says it’s a response to what he calls a “crisis” in Indiana’s urban areas.

Over the weekend, two police officers – one in Indianapolis and one in Gary – were shot and killed.  Seven bystanders were also injured in a shootout in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

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Education
5:16 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief

Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement.  The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.

The accusations against Bennett allege he kept databases of campaign donors and used government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign against current state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

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News
5:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Amid Financial Trouble, Frost Turns to Donations for Help

Frost Illustrated is one of the oldest African-American-owned businesses in Fort Wayne, and one of the leading black voices in the community, as well.

But in recent weeks, the paper has hit some financial trouble, and has turned to the internet for help.

As of Monday, the Frost campaign had raised about a third of its $5,000 goal.

Katy Anderson sat down with Frost’s Managing Editor, Michael Patterson, to find out a little more about the publication’s history and future.

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News
3:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Veterans With PTSD Call for Courtesy When Lighting Fireworks

A member of the group Military with PTSD.
Credit Military with PTSD

Independence Day has not yet arrived, but fireworks have been going off in some Indiana neighborhoods for several weeks now. And that can pose a big problem for some military veterans.

A campaign is trying to change that with photos, signs, and a little help from the internet.

The post has gained over a million “Likes” this week on Facebook: a man with a yard sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here -- Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.”

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StateImpact Indiana
1:31 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

StateImpact: When Education Starts Early, Kids Benefit

This month, the Family and Social Services Administration will announce the five counties selected to participate in the state’s new pre-k pilot program, Indiana’s first big move toward making preschool a priority. 

But many believe a child’s learning needs to be a priority from the beginning of life, well before they ever enter a classroom.

In our weekly education feature, StateImpact Indiana’s Claire McInerny has more on brain development from birth to age four.

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