General News

House Easily Passes Second Trimester Abortion Ban

Feb 22, 2019
Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) is the author of a bill that largely bans a second trimester abortion procedure. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation to largely ban a second trimester abortion procedure is headed to the Indiana Senate.

The measure easily cleared the House this week.

The Catholic Diocese of Evansville has released the long-awaited list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse or misconduct involving children.

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In January, protesters at a Lafayette nail salon alleged that its African-American customers had been the targets of ongoing racial discrimination. The salon owner says that’s not true. But behind the opposing she said/she said stories, a more complicated narrative emerges about stereotypes, perception, and bias.

Controversy surrounding alleged racism at a nail salon isn’t unique to Lafayette. In 2018, salons in New York and Florida made headlines after their own clashes between customers and staff.

WBAA News conducted an experiment of sorts in 2018. With a news staff of just three full-timers and a couple student interns, and with several local competitors in the market, we knew we had to find a way to do news that few others were doing. So we shifted our emphasis to long-form conversations and investigations, choosing to believe in our audience and its ability to follow along with a story over time.

Jet's Animal Services website

Officials with a non-profit animal control operation made their case to county commissioners Monday morning for taking over from the Clinton County Humane Society.

Jet’s Animal Services, run by former CCHS director Jim Tate, has already begun running a trap, neuter, release program for the City of Frankfort. Jet’s board member Kim Harris told commissioners the group would save the Humane Society what she called the “headache” of simultaneously managing the shelter and animal control.

This week, lawmakers renew a gun debate. A House panel advances electric scooter regulations. And Republicans block an expansion of absentee voting. 

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

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The following is a list of closures and delays that have been reported to the WBAA newsroom. This list will be updated.

Purdue University classes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 31


Lafayette School Corp - CLOSED

West Lafayette School Corp - CLOSED

Tippecanoe School Corp - CLOSED

Rossville School Corp - E-learning day

Hanna Community Center (Lafayette) - CLOSED

League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette -- Environmental issues meeting CANCELLED

National Weather Service

This list will be updated as we receive official confirmation of closings and cancellations.


PURDUE WEST LAFAYETTE (classes cancelled 1/30, but University still open)

Lafayette School Corporation (1/30)

Tippecanoe School Corporation (1/30)

West Lafayette Community School Corp (1/30)

Lafayette Catholic Schools (1/30 e-learning day)

Lafayette Christian School (1/30)

Attica Consolidated School Corp (1/30 e-learning day)

Benton Community School Corp (1/30)

Indiana House Adopts Sexual Harassment Policy

Jan 24, 2019
The Indiana House adopted a new sexual harassment policy Thursday. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House adopted a new sexual harassment policy Thursday.

Investigators still don’t know the cause of a fire that engulfed two buildings, and threatened a third, on Frankfort’s courthouse square Tuesday morning.

“I don’t think they come any more serious than this,” says Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.