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
2:41 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Unions Anticipate Labor Day Despite Recent Setbacks

Labor Day is Monday. And while many folks take the long weekend to relax, the symbolic end of the summer means something different to union organizers.

For them it’s a day to celebrate the solidarity of their workers.

This year, policy in Indiana and across the country  has continued to limit the influence and power unions have – and union membership is following that downward trend.

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News
4:57 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Mayor Henry Names Appointees to Legacy Review Committee

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry named his appointees to the Legacy review committee Thursday. 

The Legacy review committee is the result of some disagreement between City Council and Henry about what projects Legacy funds should be used for.

The committee to evaluate requests for Legacy funds was approved at Tuesday’s council.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Comes to Fort Wayne

The fundraiser and awareness campaign aimed at fighting Lou Gehrig's Disase, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, has come to Fort Wayne Community Schools. 

Haley Elementary watched buckets of ice water dumped on the heads of their teachers and administrators, alongside Mayor Tom Henry. 

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News
4:40 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Artlink Chooses New Executive Director

Credit Amber Recker

Artlink has a new Executive Director. The non-profit gallery in Fort Wayne approved Amber Recker for the position on Monday.

Under the leadership of its current director Deb Washler, Artlink moved to the Auer Center downtown in 2011, where it expanded its exhibition and classroom space. Washler announced her resignation last month, and is headed to the Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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News
5:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne One Step Closer to Passenger Rail

City Councilman and board member of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, Geoff Paddock.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one step closer to bringing back passenger rail to the city. A memorandum of agreement was announced Wednesday.

Nine mayors including Fort Wayne’s Tom Henry will sign a memorandum of agreement to take the next step towards a passenger rail corridor from Chicago to Columbus. That requires an Environmental Impact Study.

Each community along the route must contribute funds towards that study.  Fort Wayne has already secured its share – $200,000

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News
6:13 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Local Nonprofits Receive $1 Million in Grants

Credit Foellinger Foundation

Nonprofits in Allen County are receiving more than $1 million thanks to grants awarded by the Foellinger Foundation. The announcement was made Tuesday. 

Forty-seven local nonprofits are being awarded so called Special Opportunity grants to improve infrastructure. The idea is to make already successful organizations more effective and help them meet their missions.

Funds up to $50,000 are going towards everything from computer equipment to tractors, and even theater seats.

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News
2:47 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Fort Wayne's Sewer System Continues Overhaul

Aeration basins at Fort Wayne's wastewater treatment plant.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The city of Fort Wayne was established along the confluence of three rivers – waterflows that eventually make their ways over to Ohio and into the Great Lakes. Soil, sediment, runoff from farms, and debris all flush into the water, but here in Fort Wayne, so does a billion gallons of raw sewage each year.

City Utilities is in the process of fixing that, in response to a federal mandate.

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News
1:27 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance

A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting. 

The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.

Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.

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News
3:49 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Henry Vetoes Right-to-Work Ordinance

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Friday vetoed a second labor-related ordinance in as many months– this one stating that city police could not require union membership.

The council previously overturned Henry’s veto on ending collective bargaining for the city’s non-public safety workers.

The right-to-work ordinance that would affect police passed along party lines by council last week. The measure was introduced by Republican Councilman Mitch Harper, who said it would help base employment on quality of work.

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News
5:13 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artlink's Executive Director Stepping Down

Artlink’s Executive Director is stepping down. Deb Washler announced her resignation Wednesday. 

The Fort Wayne non-profit gallery has experienced significant growth since Washler took on the position of director in 2005.

Artlink moved to the Auer Center for Arts and Culture on Main Street in 2011 – a move that increased its gallery size by 50 percent, and helped increase attendance by 65 percent.

Since 2005, the organization has instituted children’s art classes and workshops, and hosted entrepreneurial programs through the Fort Wayne Arts Incubator.

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