(Left to right) Fulcrum President and CEO Jim Macias, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and Gov. Eric Holcomb celebrate Fulcrum's  announcement. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
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The saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” well defines Fulcrum Bioenergy's business. In the next few years, Gary, Indiana, will be home to a new facility planning to turn trash into biofuel.

The Book of Hidden Things, Francesco Dimitri's debut English novel, is an intriguing and mystical fantasy following four old friends and the secrets they keep. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Deadline Nears

Dec 13, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

  

Hoosiers have until midnight Saturday Dec. 15 to sign up for health insurance on the marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act.  Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1 for coverage that starts January 2019. 

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Ever since the beginning of the great Bird invasion of 2018 – we’re referring here to the dropping of hundreds of electric scooters in Greater Lafayette – cities have been struggling with how to regulate the two-wheeled vehicles and their operators.

The city of Lafayette today announced creation of a pilot program that seeks to do just that with the three companies that have, so far, sent scooters to town. But what happens if – some might even say when – the rules are broken? We ask that this week of Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski on Ask The mayor.

As coal plants close around the country, the demand for natural gas is going up. But an expert says it likely won’t have a big effect on Hoosier’s heating bills in the long run. 

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) sounded warning bells for America’s future in his final floor speech (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
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U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) sounded warning bells for America’s future in his final floor speech this week.

Shooting At Richmond School, Teenage Shooter Dead

Dec 13, 2018

Indiana State Police say the mother of the shooter at a Richmond middle school called in a tip to police – preventing others from being hurt.

Indiana’s state schools superintendent says state lawmakers have told the Indiana Department of Education that the next state budget will be tight and there will be less money than expected for education.

Jennifer McCormick says since the Department of Child Services has asked for hundreds of millions more dollars a year, that means less for other agencies.

The 2019 legislative session gets underway January 3. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Department of Child Services delivered its funding request earlier this week – asking for $286 million more a year, for the next two years.

Holcomb To Push For Short- And Long-term Teacher Raises

Dec 12, 2018

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants to raise teacher salaries in the long and the short term. Last week, Holcomb drew criticism after saying he may delay the issue until 2021. 

"We’ve got to identify hundreds of millions of dollars and the means to get it into teacher paychecks," Holcomb says, "It's going to require a multi-budget effort and I'm committed to addressing the short-term and solving the long-term issue at hand."

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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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Nearly 200 countries have agreed on a set of rules to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, a crucial step in implementing the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The rules describe in detail how countries will track their emissions and communicate with each other about their progress in the coming years and decades. But it stops short of committing them to the more ambitious emissions reductions necessary to slow climate change.

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