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While Purdue University celebrates 150 years of Giant Leaps, this year the Purdue All American Marching Band is celebrating 100 years at the Indy 500. WBAA’s John Clare spoke with Dr. Jay Gephart, director of bands at Purdue about the performance.

As "Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon,"  they explore the settings, themes, and characters popularized by Arthur Conan Doyle. Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, this collection from multiple authors showcases a wide variety of forms, eras, and adherence to source material.  West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Monroe Co. court documents

Monroe County and its plan commission are taking a private property owner to court over what they say is unauthorized development along the shores of Lake Monroe.

Joe Huff owns nearly 250 acres of property between Shady Side Drive and the lake’s shores.

The county says that land is within an Environmental Constraints Overlay Zone, which requires certain permits for excavation and construction. Court documents say all development proposals must include plans to minimize erosion and runoff.

City Environments Attract and Strengthen Rainfall

May 22, 2019
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A recent Purdue University study says rainfall in populated areas is strengthened by the heat generated by the people below.

Dev Niyogi, a professor in Purdue’s earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences department, says it’s not merely a downtown area that can add energy to a storm -- commuters and highly trafficked areas contribute as well. Niyogi says, “So even going in and out of that city you’re going to have pollution around that city, so now suddenly the footprint of the city is much bigger than what we see in terms where we have those buildings present.”

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North Montgomery High School hopes to keep its staff longer and increase college credits earned by students through a new program that’ll subsidize Master’s degrees for teachers.

The school corporation will pay teachers five-hundred dollars per credit hour to earn the degrees necessary for them to teach dual-credit courses. The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits many colleges, says teachers must have a masters to teach high schoolers classes for which they’ll also earn college credit.

John Clare

What does a classical music director do on vacation? WBAA's John Clare spends a "bus driver's holiday" in Chicago for part of this week. His travels included speaking with some of the top classical musicians on Tuesday. 

First, at Northwestern University, John spoke with Giancarlo Guerrero about his return to his alma mater, and leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

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Indiana Communities are debating the future of their historic buildings as state and local leaders push for economic development and city expansion.

Some small towns are struggling to maintain these structures in the face of sometimes confusing and conflicting rules and regulations.

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The Tippecanoe County Election Board and Clerk Julie Roush have met stiff opposition upon beginning a conversation about whether Purdue University ID cards will continue to be considered valid voter IDs in future elections.

At an election board meeting Friday, the chair of the county Democratic Party, an official from the League of Women Voters, the Democratic co-chair of the county’s Election Division and a Purdue official all questioned why Roush was thinking about making a change.

Book Review: The Penguin Book of Hell

May 17, 2019

For over 2 thousand years, human civilization has been obsessed with the idea of Hell. In a Penguin Classic book called The Penguin Book of Hell, author Scott G. Bruce scares readers through a history on the stories of the underground afterlife. From the Bible to the stories of Dante, this book gives a comprehensive look at the Underworld. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

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Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes easily won his primary election earlier this month, collecting nearly three-quarters of the vote. So, barring a last-minute challenge, he’ll head into a third term in January that he once wrote off as an impossibility. And he’ll do so in a city that he thinks is on a precipice – an estimation that might be right in several ways.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk about what the next four years might hold and whether McBarnes feels he now has a mandate to change the way the city raises and spends money.