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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)
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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.  

Workers' Compensation Rates To Drop In 2019

Oct 17, 2018

  Workers’ compensation rates in the state of Indiana will continue to decline in 2019. The state Department of Insurance announced the change Wednesday.

The Indiana Department of Insurance will decrease how much employers should pay in workers’ compensation by an average of 7.6 percent, beginning in January of 2019.

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The kerfuffle concerning the Clinton County Humane Society and its finances has led at least one additional person to run for office.

J.J. Tate, son of fired Humane Society Director Jim Tate, plans to seek an at-large city council seat in next year’s municipal elections.

The younger Tate, who’s 28 years old, says attending public meetings after his father was pink-slipped caused him to believe the city needs new blood in office.

“You know, there’s a lot of things that are going on in the city that I really feel people aren’t just clued into,” Tate says.

A study committee tasked with exploring issues at the Department of Child Services pulled back from recommendations that would have guaranteed foster parents a voice in court. (Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
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A study committee tasked with exploring issues at the Department of Child Services pulled back from recommendations that would have guaranteed foster parents a voice in court.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, and Professor Scott Pazera about the next Purdue Jazz performance, Friday, October 19th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

Learn more about the concert here. Performing are the Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), and Guitar & Saxophone Ensemble. Concert starts at 8pm but there will be combo performances beginning around 7:30pm.


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Brubeck Brothers Quartet 10/18 Preview

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet returns to Indiana this Thursday at the Long Center for the Performing Arts . WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Chris Brubeck about the performance.

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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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The Department of Justice has launched an investigation of child sex abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church, sending subpoenas to dioceses across the state seeking private files and records to explore the possibility that priests and bishops violated federal law in cases that go back decades, NPR has learned.

Boston's pitchers held the Houston Astros to just five hits, and Red Sox third-baseman Rafael Devers continued his surprising postseason with a three-run homerun Thursday night as the Red Sox won the American League Championship Series.

Boston will advance to the World Series, where they'll face the National League series winner. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 in that series, and can wrap it up in Game 5 on Friday (Fox Sports, 8:30 p.m. ET).

A large group of mostly Honduran refugees, reportedly numbering into the thousands, has crossed into Guatemala in a caravan that is believed headed to the U.S. border.

Hundreds of migrants have arrived at the Guatemalan border town of Tecún Umán, along the southern border of Mexico, NPR's James Fredrick reports. Organizers of the caravan say they are waiting for thousands more to join them in the coming days, before attempting to cross the Mexican border.

Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant was dropped as a jury member from the Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles this weekend after backlash stemming from past sexual assault allegations against him.

The former NBA-phenom won an Oscar earlier this year for his animated short-film Dear Basketball, but under pressure from a group calling itself Women and Allies, festival organizers announced on Wednesday that Bryant would no longer participate in the second annual event.

Come Halloween there's usually one question that's top of mind: Trick or treat? But each year the devoted researchers at Chapman University dig deeper than that when they set out to discover what really haunts people's night-scapes and what sorts of things make us afraid of what may be lurking in the closet, hiding under the bed, or breathing (heavily) at the other end of the ringing telephone line?

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