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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News
12:52 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Activists Work to Implement Maumee Plan

Credit Save Maumee

An action plan two years in the making to improve the Maumee River watershed is complete. Now one group in Fort Wayne is working to make sure it’s implemented. Save Maumee held an implementation conference Saturday.

The Maumee River is the largest stream that flows into the Great Lakes. But it’s suffering from pollution, erosion, and runoff from farms.

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News
3:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Overall Crime in Fort Wayne Down in 2014

Credit Fort Wayne Police Department

Fort Wayne City Leaders updated the community on 2014’s public safety stats Thursday.

Mayor Tom Henry joined law enforcement officials to announce an overall reduction in crime of more than 14 percent last year. That includes a more than 60 percent drop in homicides. Robberies and burglaries were also down.

But the numbers weren’t down across the board – Fort Wayne saw an increase in rapes and arsons in 2014.

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News
4:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Ash Project Incurs Additional Cost

Artist's rendering of the Ash Brokerage development, currently under construction in downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit City of Fort Wayne

The mixed-use Ash Brokerage project in downtown Fort Wayne is getting a little more expensive.

A new $170,000 dollar wall has to be built in the city-funded parking garage. The city says that’s because a change in residential developers will alter construction plans.

The project’s previous housing partner planned on building an additional parking garage for residents, directly adjacent to the Ash garage.

Justin Brugger is Director of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. He says the city is currently reviewing proposals from three new potential developers.

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2015 Session
3:39 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Require New Teachers to Learn to Recognize Dyslexia

Representative Woody Burton authored HB1108.
Credit Indiana General Assembly

A new bill would require prospective elementary school teachers in Indiana to be able to identify dyslexia in their students. 

Research suggests dyslexia is among the most common learning disabilities, affecting ten to twenty percent of the population. The precise number is unknown since so many people go undiagnosed.

House Bill 1108 would require new elementary school teachers to be able to recognize learning disabilities that affect reading, including dyslexia.

Republican Representative Woody Burton authored the bill.

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2015 Session
4:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Bill Would Add Ethnic Studies to K-12 Curriculum

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Many universities in Indiana offer ethnic studies courses, but a newly proposed bill would require all elementary and high schools in the state to add the subject to their curriculum. 

Bills like this have been received in vastly different ways across the country. California is attempting to require the discipline be taught in high schools, while Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies is being challenged in court.

Indiana Senate Bill 495 would mandate that elementary and high school social studies courses integrate ethnic studies into their curriculum.

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News
3:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

New Housing Planned for Downtown Fort Wayne

Cityscape Flats rendering.
City of Fort Wayne

Another residential development is slated to begin construction in downtown Fort Wayne this year. The announcement was made Thursday. 

$20 million in private investment will be met with up to $7 million from the City of Fort Wayne to develop Cityscape Flats. The project includes apartments, row houses, and a parking garage across from Parkview Field downtown.

The City signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the plan with Indianapolis-based Domo Development, that’s scheduled to be formally approved next week.

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News
5:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fort Wayne Finalists Chosen in Knight Cities Challenge

Credit Knight Foundation

Two ideas to improve life in Fort Wayne are among the finalists eligible for grants from the Knight Cities Challenge. The announcement was made Monday.

The Knight Foundation received more than 7,000 ideas to increase talent, opportunity, and engagement in cities across the country. Among the 126 finalists chosen was Kate Riordan, who works on bike and pedestrian projects for the City of Fort Wayne.

She’s only lived in Fort Wayne for about six months.

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News
5:44 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Hours, New Routes Coming For FWCS

FWCS bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. 

The district has to account for a $2.5 million gap in its transportation budget. Transportation is supported by property taxes, but in 2009, the state set a cap on how much could be collected.

Krista Stockman with the district says FWCS knew changes were inevitable, but held off on making them as long as they could.

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Election 2015
4:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Henry Emphasizes "Momentum" in 2015 Re-election Bid

Mayor Tom Henry announces his bid for re-election to his supporters on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for a third term. 

 

Henry says Fort Wayne has never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row – but he’d like to be the first. He’s seeking re-election for another four-year stint in office.

Henry touts accomplishments the City has seen since he took office seven years ago, including a reduction in overall crime, particularly homicide, an improving unemployment rate, and a significant investment in infrastructure.

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The Difference
3:06 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Interview: Chris Cathcart on Navigating Black and White Society

Chris Cathcart is Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

During Monday's installment of The Difference, we went to Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne to learn how a mentoring program is working to help black male students succeed. There we met Chris Cathcart, mentor for the program, and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech.

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