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WBOI Presents: February News Roundup 2020

IDOE, Justin Hicks/IPB, Doc West, Norwell Middle School

This week, our news team is looking back at some of the biggest stories from February.


We’ll hear the latest in politics from Andy Downs and Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Annacaroline Caruso in South Bend after Mayor Pete Buttigieg has ended his presidential campaign. We’ll begin our show with a look at Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, who visited Fort Wayne this past week. That’s all ahead on the February News Roundup.

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A parent advocacy group for Northwest Allen County Schools continued a series on education by bringing in Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick. Her presentation was recorded for a future episode of WBOI Presents. WBOI’s Ella Abbott profiles McCormick in her last year as superintendent before her successor is appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb.


Five years ago, Indiana experienced one of the nation’s worst HIV outbreaks. Mike Pence was governor then, and he approved a needle exchange to keep the problem from spreading. Now state leaders are debating whether that exchange — and others — can stay open. 


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The morning and afternoon collaborated for an update on local stories including Norwell Middle School’s victory in the Future City competition, plus the latest from Electric Works and city council. WBOI’s Zach Bernard spoke with Ben Clemmer.



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Voter registration, hold harmless legislation, and other issues have been put in the spotlight by the 2020 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics joined WBOI’s Rebecca Green to discuss the month in politics and where politics overlaps with public health.


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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential bid at the beginning of this week. With a difficult to pronounce last name, the candidate referred to often as Mayor Pete was an outlier in many ways. He and Tulsi Gabbard were the youngest candidates, both under forty. Mayor Pete was also the only openly gay candidate seaking the Democratic nomination. For more perspective on how the South Bend mayor’s community viewed his rise to national prominence we are joined by Annacaroline Caruso, a reporter for WVPE and Indiana Public Broadcasting.




Communities across the Midwest have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. But there's still a lot of misunderstanding about how opioids affect our bodies. Side Effects’ Carter Barrett reports how an unusual museum exhibit tackles this issue. 




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High school students from around Indiana met in Indianapolis for the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. Two area students placed second and third in the competition. WBOI’s Ella Abbott talked to them about their experiences.


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96.3 XKE's legendary Doc West has been rocking Fort Wayne's music scene since 1979 and promises never to stop. For his take on how things have shaped up over the decades and what direction the scene is heading these days, WBOI's Julia Meek invited West into the studio to share his perspectives and the secret of his passion.





Special thanks to the entire WBOI news team for making this roundup possible. Our theme music is by Mark Waldick. Additional music comes from Mark Waldick, Noah Campodonico, and Kurt Roembke. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship and Mikaela Veltum.