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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Zoo News
2:43 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

It's a Girl! Rare Sumatran Orangutan Born at Fort Wayne Kid's Zoo

Tara the Sumatran orangutan and her newborn.
Credit Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has a new addition. Tara the Sumatran orangutan gave birth early Saturday. 

It’s a girl! New mom Tara delivered her healthy baby unassisted and with no complications - although zookeepers were prepared for any possible outcome.

Tara had been pregnant for about 8 months. Since she’s a first time mom, she spent those months practicing her motherly duties with a stuffed animal. Her trainers were also ready to assist if Tara didn’t take to her role well, or rejected the baby.

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News
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ash Skyline Construction Will Continue Through Winter

Rendering of the Ash Skyline project.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

Construction on the new Ash Skyline project in downtown Fort Wayne is on  schedule and will continue throughout the winter. 

Right now it’s a giant hole in the ground – and they’re not done digging yet. 

The future site of a mixed-use development downtown takes up nearly an entire  city block, with work on the city-funded underground parking garage is still  underway.  

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News
6:21 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Number of Unauthorized Immigrants in Indiana Down

Indiana's undocumented immigrant population in 2012 was approximately 85,000.
Credit Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project

A new Pew Research study released Tuesday finds the number of unauthorized immigrants in Indiana fell between 2009 and 2012. The study comes a debate on the isssue between Congress and President Obama heats up.

Nationwide, the unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. plateaued after the Great Recession. But at the state level, the trends vary. 

While the unauthorized immigrant population increased in 7 states, it fell in 14 states others.

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News
2:07 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Obamacare Year Two: What's New and What's Not

Credit healthcare.gov

This year's open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act started Saturday. From political tensions to technical glitches, last year's period certainly had its ups and downs. To find out more about sign-ups in Allen County this time around, WBOI's Sean Bueter asked reporter Virginia Alvino, who's been tracking the issue since the initial rollout last year. 

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Zoo News
2:13 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

For Zookeepers, Orangutan Birth is About Awareness, Conservation

Tara in August in the orangutan exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.
Credit Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Fort Wayne is expecting a hairy new addition to arrive by December. One of the Sumatran Orangutans at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is expecting.

A tremendous amount of planning and work goes into the captive breeding of the critically endangered species, and preparing the orangutan to be a mom.

The Indonesian rainforest – one of earth’s most biologically diverse landscapes – humid home to the rare Komodo dragon, pythons, and the endangered Sumatran orangutan.

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News
12:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Could Go Smoother This Year

Credit healthcare.gov

 The open enrollment period for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act  starts Saturday. 

Not a lot has changed since the insurance marketplace’s first open-enrollment  period. All health plans must still offer the same essential benefits – prescriptions,  maternity care, hospitalization. 

In Allen County however there are more than double the available insurance  providers offering plans. The sign-up process itself may see the biggest change this time around. 

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News
2:54 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Awareness Poses Challenge for Affordable Care Act

Credit healthcare.gov

Those who assist people sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act are preparing for the upcoming open enrollment period. Efforts are going towards awareness and education in Allen County.

The so-called navigators at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne are optimistic about this year’s open enrollment period for the insurance marketplace, often referred to as Obamacare.

But most uninsured Hoosiers don’t know that the sign-up date is around the corner. Many who do -  still don’t know how the marketplace works.

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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Issues & Ales: Tackling Your Unanswered Questions

At the end of October, WBOI held another edition of our popular Issues & Ales series at The Phoenix in Fort Wayne. 

At that event, we dedicated a full hour to discussing the arts community in the region.

But we had a problem: we received so many great audience questions, we couldn't possibly get to all of them. 

So, now we're taking time to address a few of those questions with help from arts insiders from around the community.  

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News
3:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Committee to Study Efficiency in Allen County Government

Credit Allen County Board of Commissioners

A new committee will explore ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness in Allen County’s executive branch. The announcement was made Wednesday.

 

The formation of the committee comes just two days after voters decisively shot down a ballot proposal to restructure Allen County’s leadership. Supporters of the referendum claimed it would streamline decision-making and increase checks and balances.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. was among those supporters. Its CEO Mark Becker, will serve on the new committee.

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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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