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The Purdue Boilermakers traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday to try to double their win total on the year. Their opponent, Nebraska, had not won a game since they beat the Boilermakers 25-24 last year.

The Cornhuskers did themselves no favors trying to secure their first win on the season. They are one of the most penalized teams in the country, averaging 10 a game. On this day they had 11 for 136 yards, many coming on crucial plays -- plays that ultimately made the difference in a 42-28 Purdue victory.

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Today’s nurses may be using outdated materials that keep them from training future moms how to properly breastfeed. But Purdue engineering students are unveiling a device to aid them.

The device uses a plastic baby doll, equipped with sensors, to simulate a newborn. The doll interacts with a model of a female torso and gives feedback to health professionals whether the nipple is placed correctly for the child to nurse.

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Purdue University researchers are developing ways to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans to better detect breast cancer. But they haven’t tested their theories on humans yet. 

Biomedical engineering professor Joseph Rispoli says currently, scans are limited to a one-size-fits-all approach to detecting tumors. But he says his team’s efforts could allow an MRI scan to adjust for differing tissue density by using higher-strength magnetic fields.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students read one of their favorite written works and then write a letter to the author, describing how the work has affected them personally. The book Letters About Literature features letters penned by the contests 2017 winners. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Jay Gephart and Jonathan Sweet from Purdue Bands about their concert Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Find out more about the concert here.

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When Crawfordsville State Representative Tim Brown was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this month, it caused many questions to come to the fore, even outside concern for his health.

But in the city he’s represented in the Indiana General Assembly for the last 24 years, who’s waiting in the wings if he’s unable to resume his position as a state lawmaker?

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A weekend music festival in Greater Lafayette aims to raise money for children hoping to learn music.

“We want to be able to raise enough money to give back to kids who want to learn more about music, but don’t have the resources to do so,” says Ouibache Music Festival organizer Scott Freeman.

Freeman says cuts to funding for art and music programs across the country are minimizing youth exposure to such subjects.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Director of Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm at Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music.

Find out more about the concert here.

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Quite a number of journalists took issue recently when Purdue President Mitch Daniels attempted to argue in his regular column for the Washington Post that there was too much scrutiny of government allowed by public records laws and attempts at transparency.

On this month's conversation with him, he says he’s in favor of those types of laws in principle, but do his actions – including using processes that restrict transparency in the State Street and Purdue Global deals – match up with his rhetoric?

Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns to solve another chiling murder case in J.D. Robbs 46th novel Dark in Death. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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