Virginia Alvino

Reporter, WBOI; Host, All Things Considered

Virginia joined WBOI in August of 2013. She works to report on often overlooked stories in the community, and uncover solutions as much as difficulties that we as a community face. Virginia began reporting out of the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Virginia is now the local WBOI host of All Things Considered.

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News
12:04 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Latest Plan for Riverfront Redesign Unveiled

The proposed riverfront promenade would be two-tiered, one lower to the water and one higher that would connect to shopping, dining and residential areas along Superior Street.
Credit Riverfront Fort Wayne

Plans to redesign Fort Wayne’s riverfront have taken another step toward becoming a reality. Consultant SWA Group unveiled their latest design at public meetings this week.

SWA Group has been attempting a comprehensive look at enhancing the city’s riverfront since November 2013, and has conducted several surveys and community feedback sessions on possible designs.

The latest plan focuses on nature, recreation, and building a riverfront promenade. Rooftop terraces and pedestrian bridges would connect areas of the promenade and highlight the confluence of the 3 rivers.

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News
1:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Wayne Council Finalizes 2015 Budget

The Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday approved a city budget for the fiscal year 2015. 

The city’s 2015 budget is a little more than $150 million, up about 5 and a half percent from last year. Accounting for most of that increase is funding for the municipal election, additional police recruits, and a rare additional pay period for the year.  

Most of the council agrees it’s a lean, balanced budget.

A proposal by Councilman John Crawford was approved however, to cut nearly half a million dollars from the communication budget to enhance the city’s cash reserve.

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News
4:43 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Allen County Clears Way for Potential GM Investment

Credit General Motors

Allen County Council cleared the way Wednesday for General Motors to make a $1 billion investment in its Fort Wayne plant. Now it’s up to GM to decide whether or not to go forward with the plan. 

The Council unanimously approved a 10-year tax abatement for GM. That means a tax rate of zero percent, for ten years, on the company’s new property and equipment.

According to the county auditor Tera Klutz, that could save GM more than $95 million.

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News
5:09 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Indiana Michigan Power Proposes Big Infrastructure Upgrades

Credit Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power wants to invest nearly $800 million in its Indiana infrastructure. 

I&M is seeking approval for its investments from the Indiana Regulatory Commission. The company wants to increase the reliability of power to its customers by making improvements over a period of seven years.

That includes replacing cables and poles, some technology upgrades, and creating new substations throughout the state, including two in Fort Wayne.

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News
3:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

PBS-39 WFWA Quiet on Pending Embezzlement Case

Credit Federal Bureau of Investigation

A former employee of local public television station WFWA, PBS-39, has been indicted on federal fraud charges. Gail Waymire is accused of embezzling more than $130,000.

In a statement, WFWA says investigators have asked them not to speak about the case while it’s still pending in court.

The culture of nonprofits can sometimes leave them susceptible to those who seek to take advantage of them, according to Dr. Leslie Lenkowsky. He’s a professor of philanthropic studies at IUPUI.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Difference: School Discipline Alternatives, What's Working and What's Not

Mary Vendrely is a sixth grade teacher at Lane Middle School in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

This week for our series The Difference, we’re taking a look at school discipline, and how it affects students of color.

So far we’ve learned how a series of small punishments can have big effects on students’ lives through the school to prison pipeline. We’ve also heard about alternative discipline plans that work to prevent that snowballing effect, and keep kids in the classroom.

Fort Wayne Community Schools is among the districts that have implemented a new plan, and they say slowly but surely, it’s helping close their discipline gap.  

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The Difference
6:39 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Fort Wayne Joins National My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Mayor Tom Henry, Councilman Glynn Hines, and community members announce Fort Wayne's involvement in the My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Wednesday that the City will make more of an effort to help young men of color. 

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama announced his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, or MBK. It challenges cities across the country to implement plans that help young people of color reach their full potential.

In Fort Wayne, MBK will focus specifically on education, employment, health, and youth.

Stephanie Crandall with the mayor’s office says MBK will require making a lot of partnerships between local organizations.  

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The Difference
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Difference: Lawmakers Consider School Discipline Overhaul

Attorney JauNae Hanger of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative testifies before the Indiana legislature's interim education committee.

We continue our series The Difference, exploring black male achievement - today, on a statewide level.

Even when the Indiana General Assembly isn’t in session, lawmakers meet in interim study committees to discuss complex issues facing the state. A few weeks ago, the education committee tackled school discipline.

Those who testified claimed that Indiana’s discipline code is punitive and inconsistent with research, and that suspensions and expulsions disproportionately affect students of color.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

The Difference: Keeping Kids in Class and out of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Sixth graders in their Language Arts class at Lane M.S., FWCS.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Being disciplined in schools can have major long term ramifications for boys of color.

Every kid first learns how to behave – at home. Sometimes with formal rules, sometimes by just observing others. But different styles and standards are brought together when all those kids enter the same classroom. Combine that with cultural diversity, and classroom management becomes a big challenge.

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News
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.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

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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