Virginia Alvino

Reporter, WBOI; Host, All Things Considered

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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5:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Legislature Could Take Up Ban On Same-sex Marriage

The Indiana State Capitol, Indianapolis, Ind.

In a few weeks the Indiana legislature will make a decision on whether to vote on a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. If it passes, it will go before voters next year.

If you thought that same-sex marriage was already illegal in Indiana, you’d be right. Current state law says marriage is between one man, and one woman, and that’s that. Also banned is any kind of legal recognition for same sex couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions.

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Station News
6:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Join us for WBOI Talks, December 19th

Credit Virginia Alvino

This Thursday from 2-4 pm you're invited to join us for a special presentation of WBOI Talks. Our guests will weigh in, and we'll take your comments and questions as well.

After more than a decade leading the department, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York is leaving to become the city's new public safety director.

We'll talk to him about his career in the police department, his new job, and the record violence seen in Fort Wayne this year.

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News
5:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Henry Announces New Police Chief

Mayor Tom Henry announced Garry Hamilton as Fort Wayne's first African American Police Chief
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced his appointment Monday for the city’s new police chief. Garry Hamilton will be the first African-American to hold the position, replacing outgoing chief Rusty York, who was recently named the city’s new public safety director.

At a press conference, Mayor Henry said Hamilton’s priorities will be to improve communication with other law enforcement agencies and the community, and to instate a strategic plan to address homicides and violent crimes in the city.

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News
5:43 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Wayne Set To Reinstitute A Director Of Public Safety

Mayor Tom Henry nominated Rusty York as the Director of Public Safety on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The City of Fort Wayne may soon be getting a new Director of Public Safety. Mayor Tom Henry announced Tuesday that current Police Chief Rusty York is his for the new position. The job is being reinstated in part as a response to the near record number of murders the city’s seen this year.

Henry explains that York will oversee the both the Fort Wayne Police and Fire Departments. He’ll also aid collaboration between other public safety agencies, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and faith-based communities.

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Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Interview With American Impressionist C.W. Mundy

News
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Healthcare Marketplace Enrollment Center Open in Fort Wayne

People seeking insurance can get assistance at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Part of the Affordable Care Act created insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, to offer folks affordable insurance plan options. We’re about six weeks into the open enrollment period now. WBOI’s Virginia Alvino visit the enrollment center at the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Fort Wayne to see how the process is going so far. 

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News
1:08 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

New Haven Considers Permitting Golf Carts on City Streets

It may soon be legal to drive golf carts on some streets in New Haven, if a new ordinance passes. An informal council member vote tally at Tuesday night’s city council meeting showed 4 to 3 in support. 

The measure is intended to increase quality of life, particularly for older New Haven residents. It’s clear however that golf carts on the roads could be a safety hazard.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Dia De Los Muertos Celebrated At The Fort Wayne Museum Of Art

Clay sculptures from Mexico as part of Palermo Galindo's exhibit.
Virginia Alvino

Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is November 1st and 2nd. It's an ancient holiday that is still widely celebrated throughout Latin America. The celebration commemorates the souls of loved ones with food, music, and altars that pay homage. Now the holiday is becoming more main stream. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art holds an annual community exhibit and family celebration, where some locals are maintain their traditions, and others discover them for the first time.

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News
3:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

City Council Hears New Anti-Violence Plan

The council session garnered a large turnout of faith leaders, community leaders, and citizens.
Credit Virginia Alvino

Fort Wayne City Council members dedicated their entire session Tuesday to discussing a new anti-violence plan called "Bridges to a Better Community."                                      

Members of the Fort Wayne Urban League created it in response to the near record number of killings in the city this year.

The plan a large amount of data on the disparity between races when it comes to poverty, education, and crime, and specific recommendations on how to reduce violence.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Music Aboard the Historic Wabash Cannonball

Engine No. 765
Credit Virginia Alvino

For the first time since 1993, steam locomotive no. 765 departed Fort Wayne for a public trip. Thousands hopped aboard for two round-trip excursions to Lafayette, Indiana on October 26th and 27th. The route retraced that of the famous Wabash Cannonball passenger train. The trips were sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. 

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