Virginia Alvino

Reporter & All Things Considered Host

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
5:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Home Show Could Point to Economic Recovery

The Fort Wayne Home and Garden show expects up to 50,000 visitors this year.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The 42nd annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden show starts Thursday. The expected high turnout this year could be a sign of economic recovery.

Nationwide, the recovery in the housing market has been slow the last few years, but spending on  home improvement and repair has fared a bit better. That’s according a report released by Harvard  last month, which also projects that type of spending to slow down this year. 

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News
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

The Three Rivers: Reducing Your Pollution

Water not absorbed by the land can collect pollutants around your home and drain directly into the water supply.
Credit North Carolina DENR

There are some large-scale sources of water pollution in Northeast Indiana, but  what we all do at home can make a big impact, too.   We continue our series “The Three Rivers” with a  look at what precautions every resident of Fort Wayne can take to reduce water  pollution. 

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News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Three Rivers: Recreation

Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot crew unpack a new tandem kayak.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway trail system is drawing an increasing number of  people down to the riverside. But there may also be more folks than ever getting up close and personal with the water. We continue our series The Three Rivers with a look at opportunities for  river recreation, and who’s participating. 

In their winter boots, with snow on the ground, the Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike  Depot crew is unloading dozens of new kayaks. 

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2015 Session
6:15 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Bill Could Reduce Incentives for Solar Energy

Some Indiana lawmakers want to change the way solar panel owners are credited for the energy they produce. 

If an individual or business installs solar panels and generates more energy than  they use, the power company buys it to sell to other customers. House Bill 1320 would reduce how much utilities pay for that excess energy, and  charge those who generate it fees for using the power grid. 

Dave Arland with the Indiana Energy Association says it’s just a matter of fairness. 

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News
5:45 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Henry Applauds Momentum in State of the City Address

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his State of the City Address Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his 2015 State of the City address Wednesday.

Henry praised the economic development Fort Wayne saw in 2014 – $166 million in private investment, and more than 1,000 new jobs. He also touted progress on downtown projects like the Ash Brokerage headquarters and the recently announced Cityscape Flats.

Last year also brought infrastructure improvements for neighborhoods and utilities systems, with another $20 million investment slated for this year.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The Three Rivers: A Snapshot

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

After years of simply being part of the landscape for many residents, Fort Wayne’s rivers are getting a lot of attention.

These days, there are new plans for restoration and riverfront development.

Today WBOI begins our series, “The Three Rivers.”

We’ll explore issues of Fort Wayne’s rivers and riverfronts one little piece at a time, reporting on how our relationship with them is changing, and what’s staying the same.

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

What's Next for Fort Wayne's Riverfront?

An aerial view of design recommendations for Fort Wayne's riverfront.
Credit SWA/City of Fort Wayne

On Wednesday, a consulting group for the City of Fort Wayne unveiled the first part of its plan to develop the city’s riverfronts.

It’s the latest step in a long process that’s involved city funding, public meetings, and some long wish lists about what exactly we should do with our shorelines in Fort Wayne.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino has been following the development planning. She sat down with Sean Bueter go discuss the latest. 

 

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News
4:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Public Schools Superintendents Call for More Funding

Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Superintendents from all four public school districts in Allen County joined  Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Thursday to call for more funding for all districts in the  state. 

Districts across Indiana are facing budget problems – from the base amount every  district is afforded by the state, to the amount they’re allowed to collect from  property taxes, every Northeast Indiana superintendents agree – it’s not enough to  support their schools.   

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News
2:04 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Vision For Fort Wayne Riverfront Revealed

A promenade is recommended as phase 1 of for riverfront development.
SWA/ City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultant has completed what they call a “grand vision” for the city’s riverfront development. The designs were revealed to the public Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center. 

SWA Group held public meetings and collected citizen input throughout 2014 to determine what people in Fort Wayne want from riverfront development.

SWA’s final recommendations include everything from adventure parks and zip lining courses, to housing and cultural attractions. These are just ideas that the City and potential developers could draw from.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Resource to Help Homeless in Fort Wayne Coming Soon

Tiffany Bailey of United Way joins Mayor Henry to announce a new pilot program in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne is one of four pilot communities chosen to try out a new tool that may help connect homeless individuals with the services they need.

The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The initiative will support “coordinated assessments,” which is the idea of examining all aspects of someone’s history and needs. The tool will also help identify the most vulnerable individuals and families and prioritize them for care.   

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