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2:26 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Some Counties Downgrade Travel Warnings, But Hazards Remain

Several counties in Northeast Indiana downgraded their travel advisories Tuesday, but roads remain hazardous.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Despite another day of subzero temperatures and bitingly cold wind chill readings reaching between -20 and -40 degrees, several Northeast Indiana counties have downgraded their travel advisories from "warning" to "watch." 

As of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties had downgraded their county travel statuses to watches, indicating roads were still potentially hazardous, but safe enough for essential travel needs, like getting to and from work.

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6:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Storm Update: Fort Wayne/Allen County State of Emergency Lifted, But Caution Advised

The City of Fort Wayne and Allen County are letting the State of Emergency declared Monday to expire at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. But they're leaving a Winter Weather Travel Watch in its place.

The advisory means residents are being encouraged to stay off the roads, many of which are still hazardous, but essential travel will be allowed for things like getting to and from work.

City and county offices will be open on Tuesday, along with state government facilities, which open at 10:00 a.m.

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2:40 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

INDOT: Warnings Abound, Roads Still Dangerous

The latest travel advisory map from INDOT, issued Monday around 2:00 p.m.
Credit Courtesy / INDOT

Subzero temperatures and blowing, drifting snow were putting up a fight against snow plows  as of Monday afternoon.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says road conditions (as of 2:00 p.m.) in every county in Northeast Indiana remain hazardous, with INDOT recommending residents stay off the roads except in cases of emergency.

Among other problems, INDOT says strong winds have been able to undo the work of plow crews, drifting snow back onto roads after plows clear them. They also warn ice is expected to form this evening, adding to the danger.

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6:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Indiana Shoppers Will Be Charged Sales Tax on Amazon

Hoosiers shopping on Amazon dot com are now being charged sales taxes on their purchases. The online retailer’s new policy is part of a settlement it made with Indiana back in 2012. 

The Indiana-based mall operator Simon Property Group sued Indiana in 2011, saying it was giving Amazon an unequal business advantage by not requiring it to charge sales tax. Amazon doesn’t collect sales tax in most states.

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5:56 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Fort Wayne Officially Has a New Police Chief and Director of Public Safety

Fort Wayne's new Chief of Police Garry Hamilton being sworn in.
Credit Virginia Alvino

With the new year came a number of personnel changes for the Fort Wayne Police Department. It was standing room only at the swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief Garry Hamilton. He’s the first African American to hold the position, and will be taking the place of long time Chief Rusty York.

At the ceremony York took an oath of his own to become Fort Wayne’s Director of Public Safety – a position that hasn’t been filled in years.

Other promotions include a new Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Southeast and Southwest Divisions, among others.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Extended Interview: Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry.
Credit Courtesy / City of Fort Wayne

2013 is already in the history books, but before we leave it behind, we wanted to survey the year gone by with the man at the center of some of Fort Wayne’s biggest stories.

WBOI’s Sean Bueter recently talked to Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry about some of the city’s victories and challenges in 2013, and asked him to look ahead to the new year.

This is the extended interview with Mayor Henry, including portions of the conversation not included on-air.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Best Music of 2013: Popular, Underground, and Local

Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records (left) and Bob Roets of Wooden Nickel Records (right) talked to WBOI's Julia Meek about their favorite music of 2013.
Credit Courtesy / Morrison Agen / Bob Roets

For Bob Roetz of Wooden Nickel Records and Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records, both in Fort Wayne, music is a passion and a profession.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the year's music and get their opinions on some of the best.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently invited Roetz and Agen to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the best music of the year: some popular, some obscure, and a few local picks, as well. 

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Education
3:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Zoeller to Push for More Officers in Hoosier Schools

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Indiana’s attorney general will work with the state’s congressional delegation in the new year to try to secure more federal funding for police officers in schools.  But some criminal justice advocates say hiring new school resource officers won’t necessarily make schools safer.

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Arts & Culture
8:18 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The President, The Comic, and The Man in the Santa Claus Hat

Comedian Vaughn Meader, in a publicity photo for his Kennedy-themed album, "The First Family."
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In the early 1960s, comedian Vaughn Meader recorded a satirical album in which he poked some gentle fun at President John F. Kennedy. He wasn't the first person to imitate a sitting president, but Meader was the first to add such a satirical bent to his work. It was ground-breaking at the time, and his first JFK recording, The First Family, became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history up to that point.

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5:47 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Listen Now: "WBOI Talks"

Audio from our inaugural episode of WBOI Talks is now available! Click below to listen to each hour of the show.

In hour one, Bob Caylor from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel joins WBOI's Sean Bueter for a conversation with outgoing Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York. York is retiring from his position to become the new public safety director for the City of Fort Wayne.

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