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.


Riverfront Development
4:39 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Next Steps Emerge at River Summit

The Deck at Hall's Gas House sits along the St. Mary's River in Fort Wayne.
Credit 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.

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6:27 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

2015 River Summit Kicks Off

Residents kayak and paddle board on Fort Wayne's rivers.
Credit 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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2:02 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

More Registered Voters May Not Lead to Higher Turnout

Credit Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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4:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Trine Names Leader of New Physician Assistant Program

Credit 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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4:27 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana Among the States With Most Regular Drug Use

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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. 

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3:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Most Jobs in Indiana Require Degree or Certificate

The study "State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States" by Georgetown University was released Monday. It analyzes the online college labor market on a state-by-state basis.
Credit 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. 

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5:15 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Visit Fort Wayne is "Open for Business"

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.  

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4:43 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Henry Advocates an Exception for The Deck

Rendering shows potential expansion of The Deck on the Saint Mary's River in Fort Wayne.
Credit 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. 

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3:05 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

City Announces 2015 Infrastructure Projects

2015 infrastructure map.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne is investing more than $20 million in  infrastructure throughout the city this year. The projects were announced Wednesday. 

The projects are all about transportation. More than $20 million will go towards street, sidewalk and trail improvements throughout Fort Wayne. The City evaluates the conditions of each neighborhood each year and gives them a  rating in order to determine which projects should be prioritized. 

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The Three Rivers
6:09 am
Wed March 25, 2015

The Three Rivers: Agriculture

Mike Werling examines the soil health in his corn crop. Signs of health include the crumbling texture, earthworms, and live roots from cover crops.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The Great Lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth.

Last August, blue green algae blooms in Lake Erie caused hundreds of thousands of people to go without water. The cause – nutrients, especially phosphorous, in the waterways.  Many say unregulated runoff from agriculture was partly to blame.

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