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Book Review: Angela's Quilt Arrived Today

Apr 19, 2019

Angela's Quilt Arrived Today is a collection of poems and essays written by the late Kathy Mayer. Mayer was a Lafayette, Indiana, journalist, freelance writer, and feminist who wrote about moments that touched her heart—memories, discoveries, family, and nature. The book weaves together Mayer's poetry and essays to commemorate her legacy. It is a sampling of her efforts, drawing on experiences when she grew up and lived in Albuquerque, where she graduated from the University of New Mexico, and from her later years in Lafayette.

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The only one of our four regular guests on Ask The Mayor to face a primary opponent this year is Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes. He’ll have a candidate forum opposite his challenger, city councilman Lewis Wheeler, at the end of this month -- just a week before Election Day.

Today on the program, we’ll talk about what might go down that night in the cafeteria of Frankfort Middle School, and whether it’s fair for the head of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce – with whom McBarnes has worked on many projects during his two terms in office – to be moderating the forum.

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An ordinance that would ban large-scale wind farms from Tippecanoe County is moving on to county commissioners for approval and implementation. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend its passage at a meeting Wednesday.

Meeting attendants argued both for and against wind turbines. That’s a change from previous discussions of the proposed ban, which were mostly opposed to wind farm development.

Those in favor of wind farms say the ban is a step back for Tippecanoe County and limits potential developments in sustainable, green energy.

Youth Resiliency Partnership of Montgomery County

Almost half of all Montgomery County middle school students grapple with the challenges of growing up with divorced parents, and a quarter have a parent or other adult at home who’s gone to jail or prison.

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The Austalian Chamber Orchestra ends it's 2019 tour in Indiana Sunday night. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Richard Tognetti about the tour, meals on the road, and the endurance of Beethoven.

Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are on the program tonight at The Palladium in Carmel. Learn more here.

Book Review: Sea People

Apr 12, 2019

The great islands of Polynesia are dispersed far across the pacific ocean from Hawaii to New Zealand. How did the very early Polynesians get to these places without metal tools or writing? How could they have known about these islands at all? In her book, Sea Peoples: The Puzzle of Polynesia, author Christina Thompson delves deep into these questions that have puzzled anthropologists, geographers, and others since the eightenthenth century. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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The 2019 lawmaking session has just a couple more weeks before legislators pass a new budget and put the finishing touches on a spate of other laws – some of which could affect Greater Lafayette.

For instance: if sports betting is again legalized in Indiana, what does that mean for locals who pay close attention to Purdue?

And what happens if teachers walk off the job because a plan to raise their salaries turns into a net loss for some?

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The Lafayette Children's Choirs perform Lullaby of Bradway this Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Leann Starkey about the show.

Learn more here. The concert starts at 4pm Saturday, April 13th. 

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Two days after the approval of Montgomery County’s first comprehensive plan for development, county commissioners released a draft zoning ordinance – under threat of a lawsuit. The proposed ordinance includes strict regulations for wind turbines, which have been the source of a contentious debate in the county.

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Teachers around Indiana rallied Wednesday in support of increasing teacher pay beyond what Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly have proposed.

Governor Eric Holcomb has led the push for adding two percent to what the state puts into its K-12 education budget, but educators like West Lafayette High School science teacher Andi Hipsher say that’s not enough.

“We feel that the two percent will barely even cover raises and they’re taking money from us in other places, so in some corporations, ours included, we might end up having a net loss,” she says.

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