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3:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Plant

Employees inspect Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks as they come off the assembly line Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Credit Shane Pequignot / General Motors

General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.

The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.

The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Artistic Expression Through Autism: An Interview with Frank Louis Allen

Indiana Tech acquired a dozen of Frank Louis Allen's original illustrations when it opened its new Academic Building on the Fort Wayne Campus.
Credit Courtesy / Frank Louis Allen

Fort Wayne-based artist Frank Louis Allen is gaining fame around the world for his distinctive illustrations.

Originally from England, Allen now calls Northeast Indiana home, and galleries and collectors alike have embraced the unpredictable grace of his abstract work.

Allen is also an artist with autism, a discovery he made relatively recently in life.

This weekend, he'll present an on-site demonstration at Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art in Jefferson Pointe.

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Energy
5:29 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Pence, Critics at Odds Over New Energy Program

Gov. Mike Pence says the energy efficiency program approved this year will save Hoosiers money.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

“Worse than doing nothing” – that’s how critics describe Indiana’s new energy efficiency effort crafted by Governor Mike Pence and the General Assembly.  But the governor insists the program will keep more money in Hoosiers’ pockets.

Environmental and consumer advocacy groups say the new energy efficiency program is going to drive up costs for residential consumers.  Under the approved legislation, each utility company must develop its own energy efficiency program, and they can raise rates to cover any revenue they lose because of decreased energy usage.

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Health & Science
2:43 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains how tuning forks work.  Why are they different sizes, and what do the numbers associated with them mean? 

This is the 200th episode of the Weekly Experiment! Thank you Martin and Science Central for informing and entertaining the WBOI audience for the past four years! 

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Despite Legislation, Midwife Regulation Still Incomplete

Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) says passing a midwifery bill this year was better than leaving the practice unregulated.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Senate Republicans

After two years of unsuccessfully putting into practice a law regulating midwives, the General Assembly enacted a follow-up bill aimed at finally making the system work.

Legislators crafted a law in 2013 to regulate midwives, including the requirement that, to legally practice, midwives must have a signed, written collaborative agreement with a doctor.  But the Professional Licensing Board – charged with fully developing midwife regulations – couldn’t find a doctor willing to sign an agreement, and gave up creating the midwifery license. 

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Zoo News
3:25 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Children's Zoo Opens Renovated Reef Exhibit

The Reef exhibit includes a 600-gallon moon jellyfish tank.
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

And it’s time once again for news...from Down Under.

Okay, it’s not really Down Under, but earlier today hundreds of children got a chance to see  jellyfish, venomous lionfish and about thirty other species at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo  Australian Adventure. The renovated reef exhibit opened today.

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Higher Education
2:52 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Ivy Tech Freezes Tuition for Some Students

Credit Courtesy / Ivy Tech

Following the recent lead of Indiana University and Purdue, Ivy Tech is freezing tuition for some students.

There are two ways students can qualify. To freeze their tuition, Ivy Tech students must either complete at least 30 credit hours over the next two semesters – which puts them on track for graduation in two years – or they must be continuously enrolled in the next three semesters – that’s six hours each in the fall and spring, and three next summer.  

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder notes 65 percent of Ivy Tech enrollees take less than 12 hours a semester.

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Arts & Culture
1:05 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Cooking Out is In: The Thrill of the Grill

Lacy Curry and Lee Albright agree that restaurant-style barbecuing like this can be adapted for home grilling.
Credit Courtesy/Lacy Curry

To many folks, barbecue is synonymous with outdoor celebrations and American holidays, and let's face it, there are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions -- everyone's got their own!

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News
4:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Census Data: Fort Wayne, Indy Add Residents

Credit Flickr / James Cridland

The City of Fort Wayne grew again last year, according to new population data released by the U.S. Census Thursday.

The numbers show Fort Wayne’s population rose by 1,650 residents last year, continuing the growth trend the metro has experienced since 2010.

The city is the 77th largest in the United States by population.

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News
3:49 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Downtown Bike Share Could Come to Fort Wayne

B-cycle has made 6,000 bikes available to rent across the U.S. since 2010.
Credit B-cycle

The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

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