Lauren Chapman

Indiana has more children taken from their homes as the result of suspected child abuse or neglect than the national average. The Indiana Department of Child Services is in the process of reforming a number of policies related to these cases. 

A hate crimes bill clears the Senate amid outrage. House Republicans unveil their budget proposal. And the House approves an alcohol regulations bill.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hate Crimes Legislation

The Catholic Diocese of Evansville has released the long-awaited list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct involving children.

The Indiana Senate Chamber (FILE PHOTO: Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Senate passed legislation labeled a bias crimes law Thursday even as many supporters – and one of its co-authors – refuse to support it.

Book Review: The Art Forger

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The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro follows a young artist by the name of Claire Roth. Claire seeks fame and desperately needs a venue to hold her one woman show. As a result, she makes a deal with a powerful gallery owner to forge a famous Degas (de-gah) painting in exchange for using a venue. This particular painting had been stolen 25 years earlier, but has since been returned to the Boston studio. Things start to get puzzling as Claire realizes that this Degas is far from being the original. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The City of Terre Haute could get a casino, if citizens approve it in a public question. (WFIU/WTIU News)
Brandon Smith

A Senate committee Thursday tightened the reins a little on major changes to the state’s gaming industry.

Social, Emotional Learning Focus Of New Program

Feb 21, 2019
Fifth grade girls at Floro Torrence School in Indianapolis will participate in the pilot program. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Across the state, a growing number of school systems are adding mental health resources through social and emotional learning.  Two Indianapolis schools recently launced a new pilot program that addresses these needs. 

City of Frankfort

One of the main reasons Frankfort city councilman Lewis Wheeler is running against incumbent Chris McBarnes in this year’s Republican mayoral primary is a difference of opinion in how the city spends its money on the way toward possible economic development.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we quiz Mayor McBarnes about why he’s hired a new Community Development Director, and how her job might be different than what the Chamber of Commerce has already been doing.

Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) wanted the bill to require grocery stores keep their alcohol in one area. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The House easily approved legislation Thursday that would make dozens of alterations to the state’s alcohol industry.


This Sunday the Lafayette Master Chorale continues their 54th season at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with artistic director Michael Bennett about the concert Bach Cantatas.


Frankfort Community Survey

Frankfort Community Survey

WBAA wants to know what Frankfort residents want in their city. Click below to fill out our survey, and then join us for a March 5 forum at the Frankfort Public Library to see the results!

Anniversary Dinner with Robert Seigel

Celebrate WBAA's 97th Anniversary with Robert Seigel

Robert Seigel is coming to WBAA on May 30. Register for tickets now!

Arts & Culture


New Release: Morten Lauridsen At 75

The latest from Deutsche Grammophon with the Chamber Choir of Europe and Nicol Matt features world premieres and favorites by American composer Morten Lauridsen . Pianist, composer, and educator, Lauridsen recently spoke with WBAA Music Director John Clare about Lux Aeterna
The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen . Find out more here . This is a perfect gift for any music lover! Highly recommended and one of the finest releases of 2018.

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City of Frankfort

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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Are you an adult who has converted to a different religion? What motivated you? What challenges did you face?

For Weekend Edition's new series — "I've Converted" — we want to hear your stories of switching faiths. Maybe you were non-religious and decided to join an organized faith, or you wanted something you couldn't find in your previous religion, or maybe you converted after getting married.

Whatever the reason, we want to hear about your personal journey and some of the obstacles — and rewards — you encountered along the way.

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When you're filling out your Oscar pool, there are always a few boxes everyone checks. Maybe it's a performance that's swept every other awards show, or maybe it's a movie that seems to have every possible metric on its side. But when you check that box, you know you're virtually guaranteed to get at least one right.

This is the third episode in our series on antitrust law in America. Our first episode told the story of Ida Tarbell and how her reporting on John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil changed antitrust law in the early 1900s. Our second episode followed the turn that took place in the 1970s in response to Robert Bork's Antitrust Paradox.

President Trump is nominating Kelly Knight Craft as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. If confirmed by the Senate, Craft, currently U.S. ambassador to Canada, will succeed Nikki Haley, who announced her departure last fall.

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