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Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

WBAA News capped off a successful award season by adding nine more awards to the three regional Edward R. Murrow awards the newsroom won earlier this year.

At the group's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) named WBAA the national winner in its division in two categories:

Newscast, for work done on January 25, 2018.

Book Review: Animal

Jun 14, 2019

Since the beginning of time, humans have had an innate fascination with the images of various animals. From our cavemen days, to modern children-book illustrations, animals have been a captivating part of our art. The coffee table book Animal: Exploring the Zoological World depicts carefully selected images of the creatures of our planet. Author James Hanken combines science and art to give the full breadth of the animal kingdom through pictures. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

It’s not often that cities turn down all the bids they receive for a project, but that’s just what Lafayette’s Board of Works did this week on a road paving and sidewalk improvement job.

And to hear Mayor Tony Roswarski tell it, this story might be more common in the coming years, because it’s a seller’s market in the construction trades. A lack of qualified workers means companies don’t have the manpower to do all the available jobs at once, and they can pick and choose only the most lucrative projects – and charge more for the work than they used to.

Steve Burns / IPBS News

 

Dry weather last week allowed Hoosier farmers to make progress planting their crops, but this season still lags far behind previous ones.

According the United States Department of Agriculture, 67 percent of Indiana’s corn crop was in the ground as of June 9. That compares with 98 percent this time last year.

Purdue University professor Bob Nielsen says he estimates there are about 2 million unplanted acres of corn left across the state and soybeans also lag far behind previous years.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

After months of meetings and public hearings, Montgomery County has its first zoning ordinance. County commissioners approved the proposal Monday.

Steve Burns / WTIU/WFIU News

 

Farmers who claim preventative plant coverage on their crops likely won’t be getting aid from President Trump’s tariff payments.

Preventative plant coverage is for farmers who are not able to get a crop in the ground.  Much like other types of insurance, it allows farmers to purchase a level of coverage that protects them against losses. Farmers have only planted a third of Indiana’s corn so far this year, compared to 94 percent this time last year.  

Dozens of lamps sitting on tables
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

The first phase of renovations at the Purdue Union Hotel is well underway as workers are cleaning out nearly 200 hotel rooms for the furniture liquidation sale this weekend.

The sale will include televisions, framed artwork, furniture, and miscellaneous items ranging from Bibles to showerheads. The sale will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Memorial Union Senior Director Zane Reif says anyone hoping to make a purchase should plan on arriving early.

Book Review: Bedtime Stories for Managers

Jun 7, 2019

Are you a leader who has trouble sleeping at night? This may be the book for you! Scholar Henry Mintzberg presents 42 essays in his book entitled Bedtime Stories for Managers. Each story presents interesting ideas on how to best manage people. From business to family, this book will make leading so easy you could do it in your sleep. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

City of West Lafayette

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, listeners weigh in on the recent closure of West Lafayette’s recycling drop-off site. With less than favorable reviews rolling in for Lafayette’s Ninth Street drop-off location, what new recycling options should these West Lafayette recyclers expect from the city—and when?

The Planetary Society / planetary.org

Contributions from private citizens through donation platforms like Kickstarter helped fund the innovative technology behind two solar sail satellite missions launched by the non-profit group The Planetary Society.

Purdue University’s David Spencer, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics, is the team lead for an upcoming satellite launch on June 22. The organization saw the launch of its first test satellite equipped with solar sailing technology in 2015.

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