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Kara Heingartner

WBOI Weekend News Roundup 02/17/18

This podcast of the WBOI Weekend News Roundup highlights the top stories to hit the Fort Wayne area this week. It starts with the headlines and an interview with Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll, who will be retiring at the end of March. Then, hearing from the only Hoosier Winter Olympian, Nick Goepper. Finally, Bravas representatives and one lucky winner talk about about the first annual "A Very Bougie Bravas Valentine's". For more information about the stories covered in...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Influenza Hit Allen County Hardest So Far

Arts and Culture

Courtesy/MudLOVE

Warsaw Enterprise Out To End Africa's Water Poverty Through Handcrafted Artwork

Nine years ago, Warsaw resident, Luke Wright took a dream to support clean water projects in Africa, mixed it with a simple, clay bracelet design, and his business, MudLOVE , was born.

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State News

Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News

State Board of Education To Hear From Public

The State Board of Education will hear feedback on a recently approved school accountability proposal, during public hearings throughout Indiana, starting next week. Members approved a new school grading system plan proposal at their meeting in January. It met some pushback because it differs from the state’s federally approved education plan , and makes changes to the weight of student growth in school grades. At their meeting Wednesday, some members requested more time between public input...

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Behind The Mic

Andy Laverghetta

WBOI Jazz Host Unwinds For The Weekend With Friday Vibe

To volunteer show host, Bill Forsythe , unwinding for the weekend means serving up a freeform mix of jazz-driven music, which he does, every other Friday night, on WBOI's "Friday Vibe."

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Old Crown Brass Band Toots Its Own Horn

Feb 16, 2018
Courtesy/Old Crown Brass Band

Fort Wayne's Old Crown Brass Band, an all-volunteer group, modeled after traditional British brass bands, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this Sunday, with a concert at IPFW's Rhinehart Music Center.

WBOI Weekend News Roundup 02/17/18

Feb 16, 2018
Kara Heingartner

This podcast of the WBOI Weekend News Roundup highlights the top stories to hit the Fort Wayne area this week. It starts with the headlines and an interview with Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll, who will be retiring at the end of March. Then, hearing from the only Hoosier Winter Olympian, Nick Goepper. Finally, Bravas representatives and one lucky winner talk about about the first annual "A Very Bougie Bravas Valentine's". 

For more information about the stories covered in the podcast, here are links to the full articles:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Indiana State Department of Health released their week six Influenza Activity Report Friday. Allen County has 17 confirmed influenza-associated deaths this season, the highest number of fatalities in the state. 

Senate Education Committee Delays School Finance Bill Vote

Feb 16, 2018
Lauren Chapman/IPB

An Indiana Senate committee has decided to postpone voting on a controversial school financials bill because of its effect on Muncie and Gary schools. Some committee members say the bill too radically changes plans lawmakers approved last session.

Last year, Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) singled out Gary and Muncie schools for their financial debts, putting emergency management processes in place.

READ MORE: Can Gary Schools Be Saved By A State Takeover?

State Board of Education To Hear From Public

Feb 16, 2018
Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News

The State Board of Education will hear feedback on a recently approved school accountability proposal, during public hearings throughout Indiana, starting next week. Members approved a new school grading system plan proposal at their meeting in January. It met some pushback because it differs from the state’s federally approved education plan, and makes changes to the weight of student growth in school grades.

'Soft Skills' Bill Moves Forward In House

Feb 16, 2018
Lauren Chapman/IPB

Legislation to improve employability, or soft skills, for Hoosier students is another step closer to becoming law. Those include things like getting to work on time and working well with others.

 

  Federal Judge Philip Simon denied East Chicago residents’ request to intervene in court proceedings concerning lead contamination in the Calumet neighborhood, formerly home to a public housing complex and an elementary school.

 

Simon’s ruling agrees with a prior magistrate judge’s opinion saying the request was made too late in the process.

 

Sean Bueter/WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry presented his annual State of the City address at the Grand Wayne Center Wednesday afternoon.

Lauren Chapman/IPB

 

  

Sunday alcohol carryout sales would become legal even earlier than expected under a legislative change made in a House committee Wednesday.

 

If passed, legislation to legalize Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 8 p.m. would have taken effect July 1, like most new laws. But Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor, says he’d rather see it take effect as soon as the governor signs it into law.

 

Courtesy/MudLOVE

Nine years ago, Warsaw resident, Luke Wright took a dream to support clean water projects in Africa, mixed it with a simple, clay bracelet design, and his business, MudLOVE, was born.

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