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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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced some financial progress on riverfront development Thursday. 

Henry says he’s hopeful that a $6 million request of Legacy money will quickly be approved by the Legacy Committee and City Council.

For the first time in more than thirty years, the race for Fort Wayne City Clerk will not feature the Democrat who’s held the seat for decades.

Democrat Sandy Kennedy has served as Fort Wayne City Clerk since 1983. This  year she’s opting not to run for re-election. 

The clerk maintains official records, prepares agendas for and schedules City  Council meetings, and works with the public handling traffic violations. The open seat has drawn one Democratic candidate. Current Chief Deputy Clerk  Angela Davis will be unopposed on the May 5th ballot. 

Tri-State Watershed Alliance

Thursday’s 2015 River Summit talks in Fort Wayne included everything from  urban flooding to cover crop training, as well as next steps in the City’s riverfront development process.

One big theme of the River Summit was balance. Rather than an either/or conversation, stakeholders discussed development and the environment.

Tri-State Watershed Alliance

The 2015 River Summit kicked off Wednesday in Fort Wayne. The multi-day event aims to educate the public about water quality and  recreational opportunities on the rivers.   

The summit Wednesday brought together many federal agencies, county officials,  NGO’s, and agricultural representatives. Dan Wire is the Director of the Tri-State  Watershed Alliance, which organized the summit. He says getting all these  stakeholders together is a rare event.

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Voter registration numbers in Allen County continue to climb, but that doesn’t necessarily mean more people will turn up at the polls this year.

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Indiana’s primary elections. Barry Schust is the Republican board member Allen County’s Voter Registration  office. 

He says more than 261,000 people registered this year – about three  thousand more than last year.

Trine University

Trine University announced Monday a director of its upcoming Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Timothy Barnard is an experienced physician assistant in the military and private sectors. The native Hoosier has worked in orthopedics and cardiac surgery.

The current lieutenant has been a physician assistant in the Indiana National Guard since 1996.

Trine University is partnering with Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne to offer the 28-month master’s program. It will be based at Trine’s Health Sciences Education Center which opened last year in Fort Wayne.  

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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has consistently found the Hoosier State to be  among the worst for individual well-being.  And in a new report released Wednesday, Indiana landed among the top ten states for  mood-altering medication use. 

According to the polling firm, Gallup, more than 22 percent of Hoosiers claim to use  prescription or illegal drugs regularly. 

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

It’s not a bad time to be a recent college graduate looking for a job in Indiana – if you’re in the right field. 

A new study from Georgetown University analyzed data from online job ads. It finds employers advertise more than 60 percent of openings online, and up to 90 percent of those require at least a bachelor’s degree. The findings do not reflect market competitiveness, or the pool of actual job seekers. 

Overall, Indiana ranked 37th for online college labor markets, with about 25,000 jobs posted. 

Fort Wayne’s convention and visitor’s bureau is making its position known on the  controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Visit Fort Wayne says it’s “Open for Business” and will continue to welcome all  visitors to the city. The organization says there have been inquiries by many of its convention clients  about its response to RFRA.

The law’s opponents say it will allow Hoosier businesses to discriminate against  LGBT people, while Governor Mike Pence says it has been mischaracterized.  

Don Hall's Family of Restaurants and Hoch Associates

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is asking the State to allow The Deck, an outdoor restaurant and bar overlooking the Saint Mary’s River, to reopen and expand as  planned. 

The Indiana State Department of Health claims The Deck at Hall’s Gas House does  not comply with the state food code. The law doesn’t allow the type of open-air bar  The Deck has operated for more than ten years. Any food or drink production  needs walls, which even mobile food trucks have.