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A bipartisan task force to address jail overcrowding kicked off the first of three meetings with local law enforcement around the state Monday in French Lick.

State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) proposed legislation creating the task force earlier this year, after hearing about jail overcrowding problems in each of the seven southeast Indiana counties he represents.

“Building a new jail will accommodate more prisoners, but it doesn’t solve the problem, it’s more about treating the symptom,” Frye says.

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The 55th season of the Lafayette Master Chorale opens Saturday, October 12th. Artistic Director Michael Bennett speaks to WBAA's John Clare about the season that includes Cathedral Classics, Handel's Messiah, and music close to the group's history, Bach.

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When she leaves office at the end of next year, Indiana education superintendent Jennifer McCormick will become the last person to be elected Indiana’s top educator. The position will be appointed by the governor starting in 2021 – a choice no longer afforded to the voters.

McCormick visited West Lafayette recently and WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with her to talk about choices – including how parents choose schools and how she crafts the next step in her career.

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Saturday began with literal dark clouds hanging over Ross-Ade Stadium. By the time night fell, the Purdue Boilermakers football season was under a dark cloud of its own after a loss to Minnesota.

Injuries to two offensive starters, the resulting exploitation of a lack of depth and experience and a comeback that came up short all factored into a 38-31 defeat. 

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Tenants of West Lafayette’s high-rise apartment complex the Hub are considering filing a class action lawsuit unless the building’s owner, Core Spaces, addresses safety and quality concerns. That’s after multiple controversies, including a delayed move-in and a shooting earlier this month.

It all started with a mistake. The earliest known human, Lucy, fell from a tree and died. It doesn't get much better from there in Humans: A Brief History of How We F***ed It All Up by Tom Phillips. This comedically thought provoking book looks at the messy mistakes caused by our human nature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about wide, open spaces in Clinton County – and we address some of those issues this week with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

Prairie Creek Park won’t be open in time for the city’s inaugural Hispanic Heritage Festival, but it will be a site that alcohol sales and consumption will be allowed in the future.

Speaking of the festival, we’ll ask Mayor McBarnes how he defines success – and what the city is doing to quell fears in the Hispanic community nationally that they’re being targeted.

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Democratic members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are launching a formal impeachment inquiry over a conversation between President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.

The conversation at the center of the controversy involves Trump asking Zelensky to look into allegations connected to former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Proposals to extend local roads came under fire at a Montgomery County Plan Commission meeting Wednesday evening. Residents voiced concern over eminent domain, safety and other infrastructure needs as the commission considered a drafted thoroughfare plan.

The plan includes several areas for improvements or changes, including some new roads that would add more connections to existing ones.

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Two topics come up time and again on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels: food and money.

Faculty have opposed the opening of a Chick-Fil-A location on campus, in part because the company’s founders oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. So is making the proprietor sign boilerplate language about inclusivity and non-discrimination enough to quiet those concerns? And what’s the difference between this and giving money back to the founder of Papa John’s Pizza after he made insensitive remarks?

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