WIth Indiana lifting its statewide mask mandate on Tuesday, local officials are making decisions about how to proceed, as the number of COVID-19 cases trends upwards across the state. 


On Tuesday Indiana will lift its statewide mask mandate, even as COVID-19 cases trend upwards. 


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Legislation headed to the governor’s desk would allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session during a public emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Anti-racism organizers from across Indiana and the Midwest gathered in Auburn Saturday in response to a Ku Klux Klan rally on private property. 

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Teachers could be required to take extra steps to keep their union membership if legislation headed to the House floor advances after it passed a committee vote last week along party lines.

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The Indiana Department of Health reported 50 additional confirmed deaths over the last week. That brings the state’s total to 12,667 confirmed deaths. The state also reported nearly 6,900 new cases in the last week.

Book Review: You Can't Always Get Where You Want

Apr 3, 2021

Do you know much about Guinea? No not the Papua version, but the small country on the Western coast of Africa? No? Well, you have a lot to learn. In You Can't Always Get Where You Want, Nicholas DeMassi discusses the interesting culture he experienced during his time with the Peace Corps in Guinea. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Medicaid Work Requirements May Be Gone For Good

Apr 2, 2021
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The Biden administration appears to have begun the process of rolling back Medicaid work requirements. But some worry this may mean conservative states will reject Medicaid expansion altogether.

With COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened up to all adult Hoosiers, school leaders are encouraging staff to get their shot, but it's unlikely schools will make COVID-19 vaccines a requirement for employees.

Legislation is inching forward that tells employers they must respond to pregnant workers when they submit written requests for accommodations, but doesn’t require them to grant them. Advocates for pregnant women actively oppose HB 1309 that is headed to the Senate floor following a 6-4 vote in the committee. 

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Hoosiers got likely their last chance this session to testify on the new, two-year, $36 billion state budget Thursday.

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Lawmakers may have reached a compromise in a controversial bill regarding where renewable energy projects can be built in Indiana. A new amendment in House Bill 1381 allows counties that have restrictive wind farm ordinances to keep them, but also encourages them to allow wind farms in special districts.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb and the legislature appear headed for a court battle over a bill that would allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: mask mandates are back up for debate in Indiana after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an end to the statewide order starting next week. In West Lafayette, the local mandate will remain in place. How will area residents navigate different rules in different places in the coming months?

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Parents giving consent for their child for an abortion would have to get that consent notarized under legislation approved by a Senate panel Wednesday.