5:27 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Fort Wayne Community Schools Awarded Grant for Counseling Programs

The U.S. Department of Education is awarding Fort Wayne Community schools more  than $400,000 Thursday as part of a grant to improve school counseling programs. The district plans to use it to help its  youngest learners. 

The grant was given to 40 school districts across the country, and Fort Wayne was the only Indiana  school district to receive one.  Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman says the district will use the money to  hire three new counselors that will serve at elementary schools in the district.

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Politics & Government
4:01 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

As Revenue Lags, Senator Urges Caution During 2015 Budget Session

Indiana Senate Appropriations Chair Luke Kenley says Hoosiers shouldn’t be concerned about lagging tax revenues.  But he says lawmakers should proceed with caution as they prepare to write a new budget in the coming months.

Indiana tax revenues came in under projections for the first two months of the fiscal year that began in July.  That follows the last fiscal year in which the state only outperformed its targets by one-tenth of one percent, and with less revenue than the previous year. 

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wunderkammer Undertakes Arts Census of the Region

Credit Wunderkammer

A Fort Wayne arts organization is trying to map the impact of the region’s creative community on the economy. 

The non-profit Wunderkammer Company received $20,000 from the Knight Foundation to produce the Creative Census.

The organization wants to identify all creative sector employees - everyone from fine artists to computer programmers -- and better understand how they affect the broader economy. Organizers hope to use the census to bolster economic development.

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2:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Interview: "Living Loud" with Designer Anton Babich

Fort Wayne fashion designer Anton Babich says style decisions should be driven by what makes the wearer feel good.
Credit Courtesy / Anton Babich

If you’re one of Fort Wayne’s fashion-forward men, your first thought may not be to shop local if you’re chasing something stylish.

But Anton Babich wants to change that.

In fact, he wants to put Fort Wayne on the global fashion map with his own Anton Alexander men’s clothing line. Babich has already shipped his designs to more than two dozen countries.

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4:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Indiana Appealing Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Ind. Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday the state will appeal a recent circuit court decision striking down the state's same sex marriage ban.
Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Tuesday the state is appealing the 7th Circuit Court’s ruling that Indiana’s same  sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. People on both sides of the issue are ready for the nation’s highest court to provide clarity on the definition of marriage. 

Four other states are filing federal court appeals to reverse decisions that struck down their traditional marriage laws. Wisconsin also filed its appeal Tuesday. 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Weekly Experiment - What is an Octopus?

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about octopi.  What are they, and what are their defense mechanisms? 

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4:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Attorneys Meet in Indy to Discuss Violent Crime Prevention

Josh Minkler and Stephen Wigginton.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

 Indiana law enforcement officials met with U-S Attorneys from around the country in Indianapolis this week to discuss ways to address the problem of violent crime. 

Acting U-S Attorney for Indiana’s Southern District Josh Minkler says federal prosecutors can no longer use prosecutions as the sole metric for how effective their fight against violent crime is; he says prevention and reentry back into society should also be considered. 

And Minkler says that strategy is conscious of the tight budgets many communities face.

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2:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Trine University Cuts Ribbon on New Facility and Doctoral Program in Fort Wayne

The symbolic white coat ceremony for Trine University's new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Trine University cut the ribbon on its new Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne today. It also welcomed the inaugural class of its first doctoral program.

32 students embarked on the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The program is in partnership with Parkview Health, Lutheran, the Fort Wayne VA and others.

With Trine’s new education center located aside the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus, students have direct access to clinical experience.

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Arts & Culture
9:47 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Pinestock Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Pinestock founders Nate Norris and Nicholas Weaver
Credit Nicholas Weaver

The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco. 

According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic."  Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.

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5:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

7th Circuit Court Strikes Down Indiana's Same Sex Marriage Ban

Couples who are part of the lawsuits at a press conference at the ACLU-Indiana headquarters.
Credit Brandon Smith

Hoosier same sex couples say they’re celebrating a victory for love after the 7th Circuit Thursday ruled, in strong language, that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Attorneys representing those couples say the effects of the ruling are still on hold as the case is expected to continue.

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