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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For the first time since 1993, steam locomotive no. 765 departed Fort Wayne for a public trip. Thousands hopped aboard for two round-trip excursions to Lafayette, Indiana on October 26th and 27th. The route retraced that of the famous Wabash Cannonball passenger train. The trips were sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. 

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his newly appointed Deputy Mayor Tuesday.

Karl Bandemer has a long history with Mayor Tom Henry. In the early 80s Bandemer was in charge of economic development when then city council member Henry served. Henry attributes Bandemer with encouraging a diversity of industry in town, after Fort Wayne had lost thousands of manufacturing jobs at that time.

He also lauds Bandemer for his leadership, government experience, and aptitude for economic development.

City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne has outlined details of its contribution to the recently announced $71 million development in downtown. It is designed to take up nearly an entire city block and include a new national headquarters for Ash Brokerage, and a residential development led by Hanning & Bean Enterprises. 

Of the 71 million dollar public-private partnership, the public portion is 19.5 million.

Only 1-to-2 million dollars of the city’s investment will come from Legacy Funds. The rest is coming from two different sources.

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This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll look at what resources are availble to help consumers sign-up for exchanges, and navigate the new system. 

Exchange plans are intended for people who either don’t have a job, or an affordable insurance option from their employer.

From the City of Fort Wayne –

Leaf pick-up in the City’s 355 neighborhoods begins Monday, October 21, 2013.  The Street Department will collect leaves in two separate sweeps through each neighborhood.  Crews will roll into the neighborhoods between October 21 and December 6, 2013. 

The 2013 Fort Wayne Leaf Pick-up schedule will be:

Oct. 21-25                   South

Oct. 28-Nov. 1            North

Nov. 4-8                      Central

Nov. 12-15                  South

Nov. 18-22                  North

This week we’re taking a look at changes to Indiana's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. Now that the exchange is up and running, we’ll see what the process of signing up for an exchange plan is like. 

Healthcare.gov is the place to be in Indiana if you’re looking for one of the new exchange plans. First you’ll go through the basics of creating an account – provide some basic info, pick a user name and password, and then you can start your marketplace application.

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The federal government is rolling out one of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act this week, as mandated health insurance exchanges open their digital doors Oct. 1.

All this week we’ll be walking through some of the practical implications of Indiana’s exchange.

We continue with a look at what the exchange actually is, what it does, and who should use it. 

 

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Downtown Fort Wayne is poised to develop another large scale private-public partnership.  Mayor Tom Henry announced plans Monday for new corporate space, housing, and retail. 

The Ash Brokerage is set to move its national headquarters to the space at the corner of Harrison and Berry, bringing with it 200 existing employees, and hopes of adding up to 115 more in the coming years. Ash will invest nearly $20 million in the project. 

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The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country.  

This classroom is larger than average, and each student has their own personal laptop to work on. Eighth-grader Malique Tai sits down to his in creative writing and media class.

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