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Global Fest is a street festival around the Morton Community Center (Columbia at Chauncey Street in West Lafayette) celebrating 23 years this September. Explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Bess Witcosky, Director of the Morton Center about this year's lineup.

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As Purdue University students complained on social media about overcrowded living spaces, Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials visited the West Lafayette campus this week to ask questions.

Still, Purdue officials insist there was no “investigation” of the living space crunch.

If This Isn't Nice, What Is? by Indiana native Kurt Vonnegut, is a collection of many of the famed authors commencement speeches. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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The same guy who threw a bowl game-saving touchdown on the final drive of last season started the 2018 season opener for the Purdue football team. But he was not the guy who finished the game for the Boilermakers.

Elijah Sindelar threw three first half interceptions, two on head-shaking mental mistakes, Northwestern talled 21 points off of those turnovers, and the Boilermakers couldn't recover as a rare season-opening Big Ten game went to the Wildcats 31-27 Thursday night at Ross-Ade Stadium.

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Most construction firms in Indiana say they’re having a hard time filling trades positions, according to a report released Wednesday. It’s part of a national shortage of qualified construction workers. 

The Associated General Contractors of America surveyed construction firms across the country.

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Money is a common topic on WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, and this month is no stranger to such talks.

On this month's show, we address with Purdue’s President the decision – after a longer period of time than some schools took – to finally to part ways with the founder of Papa John’s over his use of a racial slur.

We’ll talk about Daniels’ recent editorial claiming states like Connecticut that are in dire financial straits could look to Indiana for help. A couple newspaper editorials disagree with his assertions and say Connecticut – and other states – deserve more from Indiana than they get.

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The Frankfort City Council has put the final stamp on an application for a costly railroad overpass project.

The city – in partnership with Clinton County – is hoping for money from the state’s Local Trax Program, a matching grant fund designed to separate railroads from roadways. The overpass is estimated to cost at least $10 million. If awarded the grant money, the city and county would be responsible for contributing about $1 million apiece, with the state picking up the remaining 80-percent of the cost.

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Frankfort residents spilled out of a meeting room at city hall Monday night to speak out against what they say is mismanagement of the Clinton County Humane Society. The crowd demanded the shelter’s governing board be held accountable.

After complaints were raised about the shelter’s disrepair and lack of animal care – as well as the firing of longtime director Jim Tate – Mayor Chris McBarnes faced an angry horde demanding answers.

“If this gets out of hand or anyone starts yelling, I’m shutting it down,” McBarnes warned.

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An increasing number of Indiana school districts are turning to truancy courts to address issues with chronic absences. But, the focus isn’t on punishing students.

The state defines chronic truancy as a student having at least ten unexcused absences during one school year. Many districts across the state are adopting policies that aim to connect students and their families with resources before they reach that number.

Merrillville Truancy Court Focuses On Empowering Families

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Indiana localities have only a week left to apply for the state’s matching grant program designed to separate roadways from railroad tracks.

To receive part of the Local Trax grant, local governments have to pitch a safety enhancement project for a highway-rail intersection. The applications are scored based on factors including how many cars and trains cross per day. If a project is chosen, the state will cover 80-percent of its cost.

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