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While the country's attention is fixed on the rollout of the vaccine and the arrival of a new administration, the coronavirus pandemic rages on. In many parts of the U.S., case counts and deaths are still sky-high. And new variants of the virus are worrying scientists and prompting new restrictions across the globe.

While it's only 2021, a major question facing Democrats this year and next will be what to do about the presidential nominating calendar and whether Iowa, in particular, should retain its prized place at the front of the calendar in 2024.

The acting CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media continued her sweep of federally funded international broadcasters to remove leaders linked to former President Donald Trump.

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  Staggered by the news of losing one of its leading scorers earlier in the day, Purdue was already on the ropes when the Boilermakers played No. 7 Michigan, and the Wolverines provided the knockout punch with a 70-53 victory Friday night.

The Boilermakers (11-6, 6-4 in the Big Ten) played without junior guard Sasha Stefanovic (11.1 points per game) who tested positive for COVID-19 early on Friday. Stefanovic is the conference's best percentage shooter from three-point range this season, converting on 45 percent of long range attempts.

Book Review: How I Built This

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You ever start a lemonade stand as a kid and then wonder how you're supposed to make it in the cuthroat business world with Big Lemonade pulling the strings? Maybe this book will help. How I Built This by Guy Raz is a collection of stories on how succesful entreprenaurs made it. Based upon the NPR podcast, Guy Raz has interviewed hundreds of entreprenaurs and has the tips you need for success (doesn't have to specfically be in the lemonade market). West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

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Health officials at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette say coronavirus cases at their facility are on the decline, following national trends.



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The limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines is causing tension as states roll out plans for who should get shots first, and school advocates in Indiana are pressing for more access for teachers.

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20-year-old Luis Vazquez lost his job constructing barricades in March, right before COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Like tens of thousand of Hoosiers since then, he considered applying for unemployment insurance.

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Indiana surpassed 600,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday. While the state’s daily case count has slowed down, so has its testing.

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The Trump administration’s failure to produce a national stockpile of the COVID-19 vaccine is preventing Indiana from moving its vaccine distribution plan further forward.

2020 Marked Another Year Indiana Was Hotter Than Normal

Jan 21, 2021
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According to NASA, 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record globally. Though it was only the 14th the hottest year for Indiana, it marked the sixth year in a row that temperatures were above normal.

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Indiana's high school graduation rate held steady in 2020, according to new data from the State Department of Education. 

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Clinton County re-entered the state’s orange COVID-19 category this week after spending some time in the red. How can residents maintain this progress in the weeks and months ahead?


This I Believe Essay Contest for High School Seniors

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