General News

Hoosier Loft

LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department officials say a fire that destroyed a large bird loft and killed the 2,000 racing pigeons inside could have been electrical in nature, though the cause is still officially undetermined.  

Detective Mike Raymer, who walked the site this week with a colleague from the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, says a circuit breaker box in the structure showed signs of damage. The box powered industrial fans and a heated floor designed to help keep the birds warm.  

Hoosier Loft

Two thousand racing pigeons burned to death in a bird loft in LaPorte County early Sunday. The fire, which destroyed the facility, housed birds from around the world.

On their website, Hoosier Loft owners Jim and Kelly Ward say they are “heartbroken” about the fire, which effectively ended this year’s final weekend of the Hoosier Classic Million Dollar Race. They also combat claims from some breeders that the fire had been purposefully set.

“It is the 9/11 of pigeon racing in the world,” says Jim Gabler, an Illinois pigeon breeder.

The window to file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2020 school year opened this month.

United Way Helps UAW Members On Strike

Oct 14, 2019

The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is approaching one month and one local organization is preparing for an increase in needs from union members.

All IN: School Dropouts

Oct 10, 2019

Students drop out of school for a variety of reasons - behavioral issues, truancy, or a lack of resources within the school to address a student’s particular needs. However, some Indiana schools are marking students that drop out as home-school transfers, which means the school’s graduation rate is unaffected.

Two programs that link health providers with on-the-ground experts will expand with help from the state. The work builds on the success of previous ECHO projects in Indiana. 

WBAA Staff Changes

Oct 8, 2019

This week WBAA says thank you and farewell to two employees. 

Music Director and classical music host John Clare is moving to St. Louis where he will become the General Manager of Classic 107.3 radio.  If you’re a Sirius/XM subscriber, you will still be able to hear John on Symphony Hall – Channel 76 from 6am till noon. 

Membership Director Rachel Lattimore is only moving across campus and will become the Director of Development for Purdue Convocations.   We know many of you are donors to both organizations and so will be able to keep in touch.

US Sen. Braun's Brother Suspends 5th District Campaign

Oct 8, 2019

The brother of Indiana US Senator Mike Braun is suspending his campaign for the 5th District Congressional seat because of an unnamed health issue.

In a written statement today, Steve Braun says he is “both frustrated and disappointed” to suspend his campaign.  The Republican filed his paperwork to run in 2020 in August.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Communities across the country celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month each year. This year in Frankfort, where more than a quarter of the city’s population is Latino, the city sponsored a first-of-its-kind festival to mark the occasion. The Latino community embraced the opportunity—but it’s only part of the conversation about their future in Frankfort.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened his new presidential campaign office Thursday night in South Bend.

A large crowd gathered outside of the new ‘Pete For America’ campaign office to show their support.