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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The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks announced Tuesday he’s running for congress in Indiana’s third district. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman, who’s stepping down to run for U-S Senate. 

Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.

The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.

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Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation  zones for some of its schools this fall.

SACS says limiting its bus routes could save  the district $200,000 per year.  Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will  join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.   

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Phase one of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development is one step closer to being  funded. 

The Legacy Joint Funding Committee approved $6 million for the project Wednesday. That money will join $3 million from the Community Foundation, and another $3 million from the Capital Improvement board to be used over the next  two years. 

A key element of the first phase of development is property acquisition. But City  officials say the first steps will be to care for the vegetation along the river banks,  and to complete a comprehensive environmental study.

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, or CANI, has a new name as  of Wednesday. 

The nonprofit poverty-fighting agency will now be known as Brightpoint. The organization’s President and CEO Steve Hoffman says the name change is in  response to a lack of name recognition and understanding of the organization’s  mission. 

But that doesn’t mean clients who need assistance have trouble finding them.  Hoffman says most years, their programs have waiting lists and tap out their  funding.

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Tuesday is primary election day in Allen County and across the state.  

Indiana made national news last year for its low voter turnout in the general election, which included statehouse and congressional seats.

Voter turnout is historically low for primary elections, and even worse for municipals.

Nationally, municipal turnout wavers around 20 percent. Back in 2011, less than 13 percent of those registered to vote in Allen County showed up at the polls. That’s about twenty four thousand people.

So, what can we expect this time around?

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Four candidates are hoping to represent the Republican Party in the run for mayor of Fort Wayne in November.

The City of Fort Wayne hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Paul Helmke in  1999. 

Among the hopefuls trying to change that are Bob Bastian, Bill Collins, and  Frederick Osheskie. 

But the candidate likely considered the front runner is long-time politician Mitch  Harper.  He was first elected to City Council’s 4th District in 2007, and served 12  years in the General Assembly before that. 

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Allen County has unsafe levels of ozone in the air - that’s according to The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report released Wednesday.

The association graded 28 Indiana counties, giving Allen County a D, and 15 others D’s or F’s for high levels of ozone.

Ozone, or smog, is one of the most widespread and powerful air pollutants.

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The 16-year incumbent of Fort Wayne City Council’s sixth district is being  challenged from the left and right in this year’s municipal elections.

Southeast Fort Wayne’s district six has long been represented by Democrat Glynn  Hines. The area has seen the development of the McMillen Community Center, Renaissance Pointe, and other housing developments during Hines’ tenure.   

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Christie’s in New York City is the largest fine arts auction house in the world.

Earlier this month it held its second annual symposium, bringing experts together to discuss various issues facing the art world.

This year, seven international speakers addressed a question: should art history include the study of arts markets and economics?

One of those speakers was Fort Wayne’s own Jennifer Ford, a corporate art consultant for Choice Designs.

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