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
5:45 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Henry Applauds Momentum in State of the City Address

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his State of the City Address Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry delivered his 2015 State of the City address Wednesday.

Henry praised the economic development Fort Wayne saw in 2014 – $166 million in private investment, and more than 1,000 new jobs. He also touted progress on downtown projects like the Ash Brokerage headquarters and the recently announced Cityscape Flats.

Last year also brought infrastructure improvements for neighborhoods and utilities systems, with another $20 million investment slated for this year.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The Three Rivers: A Snapshot

Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

After years of simply being part of the landscape for many residents, Fort Wayne’s rivers are getting a lot of attention.

These days, there are new plans for restoration and riverfront development.

Today WBOI begins our series, “The Three Rivers.”

We’ll explore issues of Fort Wayne’s rivers and riverfronts one little piece at a time, reporting on how our relationship with them is changing, and what’s staying the same.

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News
6:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

What's Next for Fort Wayne's Riverfront?

An aerial view of design recommendations for Fort Wayne's riverfront.
Credit SWA/City of Fort Wayne

On Wednesday, a consulting group for the City of Fort Wayne unveiled the first part of its plan to develop the city’s riverfronts.

It’s the latest step in a long process that’s involved city funding, public meetings, and some long wish lists about what exactly we should do with our shorelines in Fort Wayne.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino has been following the development planning. She sat down with Sean Bueter go discuss the latest. 

 

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News
4:11 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Public Schools Superintendents Call for More Funding

Dr. Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Superintendents from all four public school districts in Allen County joined  Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Thursday to call for more funding for all districts in the  state. 

Districts across Indiana are facing budget problems – from the base amount every  district is afforded by the state, to the amount they’re allowed to collect from  property taxes, every Northeast Indiana superintendents agree – it’s not enough to  support their schools.   

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News
2:04 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Vision For Fort Wayne Riverfront Revealed

A promenade is recommended as phase 1 of for riverfront development.
SWA/ City of Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultant has completed what they call a “grand vision” for the city’s riverfront development. The designs were revealed to the public Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center. 

SWA Group held public meetings and collected citizen input throughout 2014 to determine what people in Fort Wayne want from riverfront development.

SWA’s final recommendations include everything from adventure parks and zip lining courses, to housing and cultural attractions. These are just ideas that the City and potential developers could draw from.

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News
6:25 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Resource to Help Homeless in Fort Wayne Coming Soon

Tiffany Bailey of United Way joins Mayor Henry to announce a new pilot program in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne is one of four pilot communities chosen to try out a new tool that may help connect homeless individuals with the services they need.

The announcement was made Tuesday. 

The initiative will support “coordinated assessments,” which is the idea of examining all aspects of someone’s history and needs. The tool will also help identify the most vulnerable individuals and families and prioritize them for care.   

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2015 Session
3:39 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Bill Aims to Reduce Concussions for Young Athletes

Lane Middle School vs. Miami Middle School in the 2014 season.
Credit Lane Middle School

High schools in Indiana are required to educate their coaches, student athletes, and parents about concussions and head injuries, and follow specific rules after a head injury occurs. A new law would apply those same rules to grades 5-8. 

 

Senate Bill 403 would require all coaches and assistant coaches to complete some safety education courses, if their athletes are less than 20 years old.

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News
10:52 am
Tue January 27, 2015

FWCS Board Approves Transportation Changes

Credit Fort Wayne Community Schools

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. The FWCS Board voted unanimously Monday to begin a new transportation plan that will save the district $2.5 million. 

The plan was necessary to address a gap in the district's transportation budget due to state property tax caps that reduced the amount of money FWCS could raise. 

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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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