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
6:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pufferbelly Trail Begins Extension

Fort Wayne’s Pufferbelly Trail is getting a little longer. The new construction project broke ground Tuesday. 

The trail will be extended 1.25 miles from Dupont to Carroll Roads.

The more than $700,000 funding the project comes from a variety of sources, from local municipalities to federal grants.

The non-profit Fort Wayne Trails is kicking in more than $300,000 for the trail extension project.

Fort Wayne Trails Director Lori Rose say community partnerships are key to getting these types of projects done quickly.

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News
3:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fort Wayne Wants More Recreation on the Rivers

Credit City of Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne asked and its residents answered – nearly 2,600 people responded to a survey about what they’d like to see in the future of downtown riverfront development.  

Recreational uses, both on and next to the river, had the most positive responses from the survey – followed by natural habitats and simply interesting places to sit. Mixed use development was close behind. 

People weren’t as interested in housing and winter activities on the river, however. 

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News
5:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Indiana Michigan Power Makes Solar Plans

Credit Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power plans to start producing solar energy. The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The Fort Wayne-based company already generates three other sources of emission-free power. About one third of their total production comes from nuclear, with a bit more from wind and hydro.

I&M plans to start a pilot program for solar production, constructing five solar facilities – enough to power over 2,500 homes.

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News
3:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Veterans With PTSD Call for Courtesy When Lighting Fireworks

A member of the group Military with PTSD.
Credit Military with PTSD

Independence Day has not yet arrived, but fireworks have been going off in some Indiana neighborhoods for several weeks now. And that can pose a big problem for some military veterans.

A campaign is trying to change that with photos, signs, and a little help from the internet.

The post has gained over a million “Likes” this week on Facebook: a man with a yard sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here -- Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.”

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News
11:21 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Indiana Law Protects Vets From Employment Discrimination

Indiana Civil Rights Commission
Credit Indiana Civil Rights Commission

An Indiana law enacted this week aims to protect veterans from employment discrimination. 

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, veterans in Indiana and across the U.S. face significantly higher unemployment rates that non-vets.

State Representative Martin Carbaugh of Fort Wayne co-authored the law, which makes it illegal for employers to refuse employment for veterans or members of the Indiana National Guard or reserve, based on their veteran status.

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The Difference
5:41 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Interview: Ron Lewis on Race and Higher Education

Ron Lewis is an instructor at several Fort Wayne institutions.
Credit Ron Lewis

As we heard in Wednesday's interview with Ron Lewis, significant challenges exist for young black men in the classroom, and many are hard to quantify. 

But those challenges don't end when those men get to college. 

Only about 15 percent of college students are black – and African-American students are less than half as likely as their white counterparts to complete their degree on time.

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The Difference
7:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Interview: Ron Lewis on Racial Bias in Education

Ron Lewis speaking at USF's Stand Against Racism.
Credit Ron Lewis

By now, it should be no surprise to listeners of The Difference that young African-American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom.

In everything from graduation rates to reading proficiency to disciplinary action, the achievement gap between black boys and their classmates is wide.

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News
4:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

FWCS Receives Grant to Reduce Bus Emissions

24 FWCS school buses will be retrofitted with diesel particle filters.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne residents will be able to breathe a little easier thanks to new emissions  filters being installed on older Fort Wayne Community School buses. The announcement was made Tuesday.

New school buses come equipped with systems that minimize pollution. The program Diesel Wise Indiana awarded Fort Wayne Community Schools over  $300,000 in grant money to retrofit older buses with filters to reduce  their pollution by around 90 percent. 

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Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henry Vetoes Collective Bargaining Proposal

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a city council proposal Friday that would strip some city employees of their collective bargaining rights.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry officially vetoed the Fort Wayne City Council’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers Friday.

This is only the second veto Henry has issued as mayor. The democrat has strongly advocated against the collective bargaining measure since it was introduced.

The vote to eliminate collective bargaining ran along party lines - Henry says the measure is a step backwards, and suspects political motives by the some council members.  

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News
3:52 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction Set to Start on Ash Development

Mayor Tom Henry, Tim Ash, Bill Bean and others officially break ground on new downtown development.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

City and business leaders officially broke ground Thursday on downtown Fort Wayne’s largest new development. 

The project is broken up into two components: the “Ash Skyline Plaza” and the “Skyline Terrace.”

A groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the start of construction on the 98 million dollar mixed-use development. The project is funded by the public-private partnership of Ash Brokerage Corporation, Hanning and Bean Enterprises and the City of Fort Wayne.

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