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Kim Hoover / Hoots to Howls Wildlife Rehabilitation Facebook page

Two-and-a-half months after 57 pigeons were found abandoned in a rest area dumpster near the Wolcott exit on Interstate 65, 88 more pigeons were found crammed into sealed boxes at the same location.

Wildlife rehabilitator Kim Hoover, who led efforts to ensure the earlier group of sick and starving birds found places to recover, says she never thought she would see this again.

“But you know what, this is a story—it’s one for the record books, I’m telling you,” Hoover says.

Casey Abbett / WBAA

The Purdue men's basketball team entered Big Ten Tournament play as the number two overall seed, after winning a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

That mattered little to their opponent Minnesota as the Gophers defeated the Boilers for the second consecutive time, 75-73, following a loss near the end of the regular season that cost Purdue an outright title (rather than a share of it with Michigan State).

A decision by the Indiana Supreme Court regarding rental fees could cost the city of West Lafayette a large sum of money.

The court’s decision eliminates a carve-out that had allowed the cities of Bloomington and West Lafayette -- with their large, transient college populations -- to charge more than $5 per unit for inspections or to register the unit with the city.

Last year, the West Lafayette City Council redrew an existing rental inspection ordinance to streamline some of the fees charged to landlords for city-run inspections of their buildings.

Book Review: Underground

Mar 15, 2019

Author Will Hunt has been an urban explorer since his early childhood. In his book Underground: The Worlds Beneath our Feet, Hunt gives readers an exclusive look at all things below us. The catacombs of Paris, ochre mines of Australia, underground cities of Turkey, and subway tunnels of New York City are a few of the places the reader will explore in this book. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Wind turbines sit on farmland surrounding a home
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Wind energy is a growing industry in Indiana, but not every community is receptive to the development. Tippecanoe County is working on a proposal to ban wind farms, and Montgomery County is in the midst of an intense debate over two proposed farms.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Perhaps the most decorated Democrat ever to serve Indiana in Congress – Birch Bayh – has passed away.

He left a legacy for other Democrats – including Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – to follow, but is that sort of progressivism waning? Mayor Roswarski describes himself as a conservative Democrat, and he doesn’t have a challenger as he pursues a fifth term in office in this year’s race, which would seem to indicate popularity.

We inquire about the way forward for Democrats in Indiana this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

Birch Bayh Senate Office - Senatorial Papers of Birch Bayh, Indiana University

Former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, who authored two amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has died.

Bayh was the author of the landmark Title IX legislation, which leveled the playing field for women in sports and created penalties for gender-based discrimination in education.

Bayh was the Senate sponsor of the never-passed Equal Rights Amendment, but did succeed in adding the 25th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution, which created succession procedures in the event of presidential incapacitation and lowered the voting age to 18.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

On January 11, the last dry cleaner in Clinton County -- Frankfort Cleaners -- closed its doors.  

Becca Costello / WFIU News

Montgomery County commissioners have established a fund to improve overdose response and recovery methods. The money comes from a $25,000 award given to Montgomery County and IUPUI’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

County health department administrator Amber Reed says they’re working to provide care and resources for people who come to emergency rooms after an overdose.

Book Review: Sacred Spaces

Mar 8, 2019

No matter what religion, Christian Cathedrals continue to inspire and astonish all who have the privilege to walk in their chambers. Critically-acclaimed photographer Guillaume de Laubier takes readers on a journey to these churches in the visually pleasing coffee book Sacred Spaces: The Awe-Inspiring Architecture of Churches and Cathedrals. The book features unprecedented access to various religious landmarks around the European continent.

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