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Even though the weather around West Lafayette was near blizzard conditions, the Purdue student section was full an hour prior to tipoff with their most hated rival, the 25th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers, coming to Mackey Arena. The fans and the home team rose to the occasion, as Purdue secured a 70-55 victory.

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As construction crews near the halfway point of Lafayette’s Combined Sewer Overflow project, they’re finishing off some big elements. Friday, the city opened a giant water tank, about the size of an NFL football field, for media tours before it’s sealed off.

To enter the tank on Friday morning, visitors including State Rep. Sheila Klinker and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski had to walk through a darkened pipe, nine feet in diameter.

“Can you imagine when the water’s flowing through here?” Roswarski says.

“Listen to that echo. Woo!” Klinker says.

Holcomb Names New State Veterans Affairs Director

Jan 18, 2019

Gov. Eric Holcomb has named a new director for the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs. This comes after the resignation of the former director following complaints about misuse of military relief dollars at the agency.

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More than a dozen Tippecanoe County streets would get state funding for improvements under a plan preliminarily approved by the county’s Technical Transportation Committee this week.

County officials will open the plan to public comment this spring, before submitting it to state officials. It includes numerous road and sidewalk improvements to be carried out during the next five years.

Lawmakers proposed new rules for Indiana’s poorly-rated virtual schools after years of failing letter grades and calls for them to improve. A measure heard in a House committee Wednesday would help, but many say it’s just a start.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, construction is officially underway on Frankfort’s Washington Avenue—one of several new projects in the city’s pipeline. How are residents responding to all the changes slated for the coming year?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes, we’ll talk about how communities spread information through social media, and how to handle the consequences when citizens dispute fact versus fiction. Set the record straight, or stay out of it?

House GOP Blocks Dem Effort To Strengthen DCS Bill

Jan 17, 2019
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Indiana House Republicans denied an effort Thursday to compel the Department of Child Services to meet legally-defined caseload standards.

A small group of federal employee union members gathered outside of the Birch Bayh Federal building in Indianapolis Wednesday. They organized to protest, and call for an end to, the partial government shutdown.

Rush Hails Progress In 2019 State Of The Judiciary

Jan 16, 2019
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivers the 2019 State of the Judiciary address. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush hailed better service for what she calls court “customers” during her annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday.

U.S. Supreme Court Could Hear Indiana Shoreline Dispute

Jan 16, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court could take on an Indiana legal dispute over who should have access to Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The State of Indiana and a community group both filed briefs on Friday urging the court not to hear the case. 

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WBAA Arts Spotlight: MLK Celebration

Author, journalist, biographer, and cultural Historian Wil Haygood delivers the keynote address for the Purdue University celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Haygood and Harry Brown , Associate Director of the Purdue Leadership & Professional Development Initiative about this year's celebration.

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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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For as long as he can remember, Tommy Tomlinson has understood his identity as inseparable from his body.

Sabrina Rubich shopped for milk, bananas and other basics this week at an Albertson's grocery store in Missoula, Mont., with her nine-month-old son, Kenny. When she got to the checkstand she paid for some of her groceries with money from the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP—which is issuing its February payments early.

Rubich is one of about 39 million people who are now spending their SNAP payments not knowing when the next one will come due to the federal government shutdown.

Dani Shapiro found out through a genealogy website that the man who raised her was not her biological father. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Shapiro about her book.

A rare total lunar eclipse begins Sunday night. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Pamela Gay, host of the podcast "Astronomy Cast," about what's been dubbed the "super wolf blood moon."

An unearthed archive of eyewitness accounts from the Warsaw ghetto forms the basis of a new Holocaust documentary Who Will Write Our History? NPR's Melissa Block interviews filmmaker Roberta Grossman.

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