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  A convincing win is uncommon but welcome as Purdue knocked off Penn State, 73-52, Friday night in Happy Valley.

With the win, the unranked Boilermakers (16-8, 11-6 in the Big Ten) have jumped into a tie for fourth in the Big Ten with No. 9 Iowa.  The top four teams in the Big Ten final regular-season standings receive two byes in the postseason conference tournament (March 10-14).

Duke Energy To Retire Gallagher Coal Plant Early

Feb 26, 2021
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Duke Energy announced it will retire its Gallagher coal plant in New Albany, Indiana, more than a year early. This comes about a week after the northern Indiana utility NIPSCO announced a similar plan for half of its Schahfer coal plant.

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Indiana Senate Democrats say Republicans haven’t focused on helping working Hoosiers in the first half of the 2021 session.

Book Review: Driving While Black

Feb 26, 2021

History is full of moments where the mobility of African Americans was limited. Whether it be the shackles on their feet or the Jim Crow laws for public transport, they have lacked the complete freedom of travel. In Driving While Black, esteemed historian Gretchen Sorin shows us that the introduction of the automobile helped to bring more independence to the lives of African Americans. Not only did it give African Americans the freedom of the open road, but it also presented an escape from the dangers of racism on the streets.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: legislation making its way through this year’s session could impact the decision-making power of local government officials, on everything from handling future pandemics to enforcing current wind energy ordinances. What’s the best balance between broader state guidelines and keeping some control in the hands of mayors, county commissioners, and public health officers?

Many Indiana educators say they're frustrated that they aren't being prioritized for vaccines as many parents and policymakers press for more in-person learning. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

One of the only options for Indiana educators who otherwise aren't eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has been shut down as the state enforces previously unknown rules on standby list eligibility. 

COVID-19 shut down school buildings last spring, resulting in the cancellation of standardized tests. (Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News)

The U.S. Department of Education, USDOE, says spring standardized testing will continue this year after being canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, but the federal government is offering states some flexibility in how those tests are administered and how the data is used. 

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the state regularly communicates with vaccine providers. She said it clarifies the guidelines and cautions sites from violating them before taking punitive action. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana officials announced Wednesday they’re cracking down on clinics that are vaccinating Hoosiers for COVID-19 who are not eligible under the state’s guidelines.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said while COVID-19 numbers are improving, it’s not time for a "mission accomplished" moment. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Hoosiers will live under a COVID-19 public emergency in Indiana for at least another month. That’s after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he will renew the emergency another 30 days, through March.

Purdue University on Tuesday confirmed five cases of the UK COVID variant connected to the campus community


Tippecanoe County Health officials say they believe NCAA championship games expected to be held on the campus of Purdue University can be carried out safely.


Under a Senate bill, the governor could only declare a widespread emergency – like during the pandemic – for a maximum of 60 days, with some legislative involvement. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)

The Indiana Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to severely limit the governor’s ability to declare public emergencies.

Indiana surpassed 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The state’s rate of newly reported deaths has continued its post-holiday slowdown. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana surpassed 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. The state’s rate of newly reported deaths has continued its post-holiday slowdown.

Sen. Mike Young said there are examples from across the country where prosecutors announced they categorically won't charge people for certain crimes. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana attorney general and special prosecutors would be empowered to take over cases that local prosecutors won’t charge under legislation narrowly approved by the Senate Tuesday.

Montgomery County commissioners passed a resolution on Monday opposing legislation that would create statewide standards for wind and solar farms.