Verma Promotes Medicare Changes In Indianapolis

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma visited a senior living facility in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
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Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, was in Indianapolis to promote changes to Medicare.  

Medicare open enrollment started last week.  Verma says new options include more plans and new supplemental benefits. 

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On a crisp autumn night 60,000 freezing college football fans piled into Ross-Ade Stadium. 

Some were expecting a blowout.

A hopeful few wanted at least a shootout.

And on a brisk night, the shock of the temperature getting as low as 38 degrees (with a wind chill registering even lower thanks to 18 mile per hour winds) was little compared to the shock of the Purdue Boilermakers coming up with a 49-20 victory over one of the best teams in the nation. 

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In September

Oct 19, 2018
Indiana’s private sector added jobs last month while the state’s labor force extended its growth streak. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana’s private sector added jobs last month while the state’s labor force extended its growth streak.

John and Mary Gribbin explain the history and innovation of science through the years using the fields most notable experiments. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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Before a crowd at Purdue University Thursday night, former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters spent time telling the college town crowd of the importance of education.

Laura Bush talked of her time creating a women’s council that promotes education for women in Afghanistan.

Jenna Bush, who’s been a teacher and is now an on-again, off-again TV contributor, says she, in her words, “wasn’t proud of the country” and decided to focus on education as a way of making change.

Groups Discuss Future Of Michindoh Aquifer

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Concerned Citizens of DeKalb County, or CCDC, hosted an informational meeting yesterday regarding the Michindoh Aquifer. Residents in the tri-state area are concerned about a plan to sell water from the aquifer to the Toledo suburbs. The Michindoh Aquifer, a portmanteau of the three states it touches; Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, is a prominent source of water for the corners of the three states.

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When IU Health took over Frankfort Hospital in June of last year, executives made it clear the facility needed retrofitting.

How, the company is reportedly considering building an all-new hospital in the city. So would it offer the same basic services as its predecessor, or is it a chance for the city to boast an amenity that might draw in more investment and residents?

Plans for a controversial recycling and waste-processing facility in Gary hit a snag this week. The city council reversed its decision to approve the project. 

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced plans to acquire West Lafayette-based Endocyte for $2.1 billion.

Opioid Task Force Hearing Highlights Solutions

Oct 17, 2018
The Legal Services Corporation Opioid Task Force met in Indianapolis Wednesday. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

An national Opioid Task Force held a field hearing in Indianapolis this week and provided a chance for the group to hear how legal interventions aid people with a substance use disorder.  

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WBAA Arts Spotlight: Chancel Players Of Lafayette

Chancel Players present Pilgrim’s Progress in October. For over 40 years, Chancel Players of Lafayette have produced thought provoking plays with moral and ethical focus from the Judeo-Christian perspective. Relying on good scripts, acting and directing, they often require little staging, and use of minimal settings/costumes. WBAA’s John Clare spoke with board member Ralph Rohrer about the group and their season. The shows take place October 19, 20, 26, and 27 at Immanuel Reformed...

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Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Parks, Apartments And Hot Dogs

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes about downtown revitalization. Frankfort is struggling to fill agribusiness and manufacturing jobs, so the city is trying to improve life outside of work, and focusing on parks and apartments to build a larger employee pool.

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An explosive device was found at the Westchester County, New York, home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros on Monday afternoon.

In a statement to NPR, the Bedford Police Department said an employee of the house found a suspicious package in the mailbox. They opened it, revealing what "appeared to be an explosive device." The employee placed the package in in a nearby wooded area and alerted authorities.

Hurricane Willa, downgraded slightly after briefly ramping up to a Category 5 storm — remains "extremely dangerous" and is poised to bring "life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall" to the Pacific coast of Mexico on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Willa, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, is about 85 miles from Las Islas Marias — or about 140 miles west of Puerto Vallarta — moving north at 9 mph, the latest NHC's advisory says.

The Supreme Court has temporarily shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to sit for questioning under oath in the lawsuits over a controversial citizenship question the Trump administration added to the 2020 census.

They've come a long way since "Lyin' Ted."

There they stood on stage before tens of thousands, President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, embracing each other, hands on shoulders, pats on the back here at the Toyota Center in Houston.

"In just 15 days, the people of Texas are going to re-elect a man who has become a really good friend of mine," Trump said of Cruz after their extended embrace.

A new portrait that is vaguely reminiscent of something painted by an old master is headed to Christie's New York auction block later this week, making it the first computer-generated artwork up for sale at a prestigious art house.

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