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Emilie Syberg / WBAA

The Tippecanoe County Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday fining residents who discard non-recyclable items at the county’s recycling drop-off sites.

Offenders are docked $250 for the first violation, $1,000 for a second violation within one year, and up to $2,500 for a third violation in 12 months.

“We’ve had electronics, water heaters, construction debris, scooters, bicycles, you name it—things have been left there that are just truly not recyclable,” Commissioner Tom Murtaugh says.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

A little less than 2,300 people live in Fowler. The town runs along U.S. 52, just northwest of Lafayette – but still, Town Council President Linda Brouillette says there’s not much outside investment.

“We’ve done a number of things in the past few years. Some have succeeded and some have not,” she says.

The town hosts regular events every year, including a wind turbine festival and a Fourth of July fair, and there are plenty of buildings in the downtown that could house businesses or people.

But many of those buildings sit empty. Brouillette says a few have even collapsed from neglect in recent years.

Anna Ridler

Monday, August 19th marks the opening of Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center with "Dreaming, Automated: Deep Learning, Data Sets, and Decay." The exhibit features artsist Anna Ridler and runs through September 27th. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kvam about the show.

Seth Tackett / WFIU/WTIU News

Thousands of people showed up at Showers Plaza in Bloomington for the reopening of the Community Farmers’ Market – including Schooner Creek Farm, the vendor with alleged ties to white supremacist group Identity Evropa.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Moms Demand Action and other gun control activists from across Indiana gathered at the Statehouse Saturday to demand state and federal policymakers pass legislation to reduce gun violence.

A bipartisan group of local and state officials joined the crowd to talk about what they and activists can do to reduce gun crime in Indiana – including passing federal red flag legislation and limiting access to firearms.

During his remarks, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett signed the Mayors Against Illegal Guns statement of principles from the gun control advocacy group Everytown. 

Book Review: In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond

Aug 16, 2019

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. According to local residents, the mythical sasquatch is a well-known creature of the woods. Author John Zada compiles their stories and more into In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond. 

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Shiny silver shovels turned a mound of ceremonial sand Thursday as West Lafayette officials commemorated the construction – already begun behind them – of the city’s new wellness and aquatic center.

West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission Chair Larry Oates says the project had been looked at as a goal for decades in the future – until a 2016 meeting with a consultant to discuss a parks master plan.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, with the opening of Prairie Creek Park in Frankfort on the horizon, special events are on the way—including the Hispanic Heritage Festival in October. How is the community responding to this first-ever event? And how else is the city reaching out to its Latino members?

Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital now has a second emergency room. The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback came to Evansville Wednesday for the grand opening.

The new emergency room is located in an upgraded section of St. Vincent Evansville’s ER. It includes seven private rooms dedicated to pediatric care.

Peyton Manning says he looks forward to continued growth.   

"The collaboration and the integration, those are the two words we keep stressing," he says. "It just provides more care for people closer to home."

Adam Pinsker / WFIU/WTIU News

The City of Bloomington announced Tuesday it will reopen the Community Farmers' Market this weekend, after a two-week suspension due to threats of violence and amid weeks of unrest over a vendor with alleged ties to a white supremacist group.

In a news release, the city says the market will include some new safety measures, including security cameras, increased presence of police and other public safety officials, "market ambassadors" and clearly marked flyering and expression areas. 

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