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A bill passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly allowing cities to charge registration fees to those who rent property on sites such as Airbnb doesn’t appear to have hurt revenues in Greater Lafayette.

Airbnb officials say fans flocking to Purdue home football games this fall ballooned the profits of Greater Lafayette Airbnb hosts, who made close to $34,000 from the 370 guests staying for the Ohio State game alone, which amounts to an average of about $91 per guest.

Airbnb usage in Tippecanoe County has risen considerably in the past 12 months.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in October for the third month in a row. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Some key Indiana employment metrics continue to show positive signs for the Hoosier economy. That’s even as the state’s unemployment rate once again failed to improve last month.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet from Purdue Bands & Orchestras about their joint concert featuring the Purdue Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. It takes place Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

City of Frankfort

After the Gem City dealt with the first real freeze of the season, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes talks street preparedness when the storms hit. And with Thanksgiving coming up, the city is hoping to finish some repair projects before the holiday rush.

On WBAA's Ask the Mayor, McBarnes also discusses the city's rich history when it comes to the U.S. military, and how Frankfort recently honored veterans across the community. And aside from the holidays, how Frankfort serves those who served.

Pediatrician Emily Scott says raising the state tobacco tax will help reduce children's exposure to tobacco. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A coalition determined to get Indiana’s cigarette tax increased by $2 a pack will make another push in 2019.


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Ball State Study: Hoosiers Split On Legal Uses Of Marijuana

Nov 13, 2018

Only 16 percent of people taking a recent Ball State University survey think marijuana should remain illegal in Indiana.  But those that support legalization are split on how Hoosiers should get to use the substance.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

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Schools are getting letter grade ratings this year from both the state and federal government, and because of new education law, some schools will get two different ratings.

Deadly Deer Disease Nears Indiana's Borders

Nov 13, 2018

Officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are trying to keep a fatal deer disease from entering the state. Deer with chronic wasting disease have been found about 25 miles from Newton County near Illinois and about 35 miles from Steuben County near Michigan.

52 percent of Hoosiers say Gov. Eric Holcomb is doing a good job, compared to just 13 percent who disapprove. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A majority of Hoosiers approve of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s job performance in Ball State’s annual Hoosier Survey.


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Arts & Culture

John Clare

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Native American Education And Cultural Center

John Clare talks to Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center at Purdue about Native American Heritage Month . November marks a month-long celebration to recognize, honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples. The NAECC "serves as the focal point for campus and community events and sponsors an array of cultural presentations featuring traditional and contemporary Native American scholars, art demonstrations, educational tours, workshops and...

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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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When Amazon announced the locations for its second headquarters, it ended months of cities and states courting the tech giant with eye-popping tax incentives. A bunch of you wrote us and asked: Why are all these places offering this rich company huge tax breaks? Isn't Amazon rich enough? Does it make a difference?

For the first time since women have been allowed to apply, a female soldier is one step closer to becoming a member of the Green Berets.

The Army opened its special operations jobs to women in 2016 but none has ever made it passed the initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, a 24-day program designed to push soldiers to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion.

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Screenwriter William Goldman died last night at the age of 87. He's responsible for the scripts for more than 30 movies, including classics like "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" and "The Princess Bride." NPR's Neda Ulaby has our remembrance.

Washington, D.C., got its first snowfall of the season this week. And at Smithsonian's National Zoo, at least one animal was really, really excited about it.

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