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By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a "seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a self-confident African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. " It's the first production of Purdue Theatre's 2018-19 season.

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Board member resignations. Viral rumors on social media. Tax-paying citizens turning out en masse to demand answers. At the center of it all? The Clinton County Humane Society. What started out as a personnel dispute may turn out to be a harbinger of much larger financial problems in the county.

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Just how badly has the 2018 season started for the Purdue football team?

In their first three games, the Boilermakers have been outscored by a total of eight points.  They're 0-3.

The last two of those losses have come on field goals tried in the final five or fewer seconds of the 4th quarter.

And even Northwestern found a way to add insult to Purdue's season Saturday. Two weeks after a season-opening win over the Boilermakers, the Wildcats became the first Big Ten Conference team since 1894 to lose to Akron.

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Tippecanoe County Sheriff Candidate Bob Goldsmith says his plan for school safety, if he’s elected in November, is to keep doing what the county is already doing.

Goldsmith struggled Friday to say what would differentiate his plan from a current initiative at campuses across the county.

The program rotates two officers through 20 county schools, and students may not always be aware ahead of time which days School Resource Officers, or SROs, are in their building.

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Right now, Lafayette’s Five Points neighborhood looks like a twisted jumble of streets surrounded by businesses and homes in need of more than a little TLC.

But in a few years, city leaders think it’ll be a hub of rebirth, with developers sinking millions of dollars into replacing the old with the new.

What hasn’t been floated publicly in those talks is the G-word: gentrification. The neighborhoods surrounding Five Points have plenty of history, but also play host to many low- and middle-income Lafayette families. If investment comes in and raises the value of the property, would that drive some of those residents out of the market?

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  High school students are now earning money for getting good grades or visiting a college campus.

The national organization RaiseMe launched the idea of micro-scholarships five years ago. More than a dozen Indiana colleges and universities have partnered with RaiseMe to offer prospective students micro-scholarships. They can earn money in high school and then apply it towards their college expenses.

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In The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Mason Bates and Mark Campbell created an alternative and intimate perspective of a public life. It focuses on people and experiences that shaped Steve Jobs: his father, his Buddhist practice, his rise and fall as an executive, and his marriage. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke with Bates about the new recording on Pentatone and the upcoming performance at IU's Jacobs School of Music September 14-22.

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The Guerrilla Girls speak this Thursday at Purdue University. They are feminist activist artists who for over thirty years, have worn gorilla masks and used facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias, as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Their motto or tagline is "Guerrilla Girls could be anyone because they are everywhere."

WBAA's John Clare spoke with "Frida Kahlo," a member who has been with Guerrilla Girls from the start.

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Following outcry from a national professors group, Purdue University Global has begun the process of doing away with non-disclosure agreements for faculty.

The document, which forbids professors from speaking about or sharing course materials, was leftover from before the merger of Purdue and online educator Kaplan University.

City of West Lafayette

During last month’s Ask The Mayor show with West Lafayette’s John Dennis, one intrepid listener had time to measure how long it took him to travel the length of the redesigned State Street as he listened to the program. It’s a stretch of road that still frustrates drivers, and people have begun to ask whether the large price tag was worth it.

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