General News

Events at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds could soon be more comfortable.

Commissioners are planning to have air conditioning installed in at least the Home Economics building, and possibly the Exhibition Hall as well.

Dave Byers says the county is losing out on a lot of rental revenue such as wedding receptions and auctions because the buildings are too hot in the summer.

He says the project is expected to go out to bid in May.

Now that 911 recordings show how a white Florida man continued to follow a 17-year-old black boy even after police advised him not to — and captured the sound of the man killing the unarmed youth with a shot to the chest — Trayvon Martin's family wants the FBI to take over the investigation into his killing.

The gunman says it was an act of self defense during a Neighborhood Watch patrol.

Douglas Eberle Board Governance Series

Mar 19, 2012

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is supporting leaders of local nonprofits.

The Douglas Eberle Board Governance Series kicks off its second session Tuesday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Foundation President and C.E.O. Greg Kapp says it features a talk from Barb Coury with the Community Health Network Foundation.

"Barb will give a good overview of that whole process and help board members feel comfortable about the fact that they should help raise money for the organization if they're on the board, but they don't necessarily have to ask for gifts."

TEDx PurdueU conference

Mar 19, 2012

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with TEDx PurdueU conference organizers Freddy Solis and Jeff Peters about the inaugural event.

You can find more information about the event HERE.

Long Center volunteer wins Crystal Bison Award

Mar 16, 2012

A Lafayette area resident is being recognized for his contributions to the community.

Former Long Center Board President Dave Lahr is the sixth recipient of the Crystal Bison Award.

Bison Financial Group gives the prize to an individual from a nonprofit organization based on volunteerism. Lahr says he is surprised and humbled to receive the award.

CityBus sees positive return on hybrid investment

Mar 15, 2012

The number of miles covered by CityBus during the past five years has increased 12%, but fuel use grew only 9%.

The transit service's 25% increase in fuel efficiency is attributed to hybrid technology. Twenty busses in the CityBus fleet are hybrids, at a total cost of $3.8 million. The local share was just $760,000. Government grants paid for the majority of the cost.

While they cost more than standard diesel fuel busses, they also save more money in the long-run. Data from the transit service shows fuel consumption has been basically stable over the past six years.

WBAA has completed our 90th Anniversary pledge drive. Thanks for helping us raise more than $115,000. If you were one of the more than 800 listeners who pledged your support, thank you very much! If you missed our pledge drive, there's still time.Click here to Give Now!

Our spring pledge drive is a team effort.   More than 30 dedicated volunteers and WBAA staff worked to raise funds to support the programs on WBAA AM920 and 101.3FM.  The most important member of our team is you, thank you for supporting radio that matters.

Indiana Adds 13K Private Sector Jobs in January

Mar 13, 2012

Indiana’s Governor points to a recent jobs report as reason for optimism.

Mitch Daniels says figures released from January show the state is making progress in recovering from the recession.

Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs that month, which is the most since January of 2011.

The state’s unemployment rate hit a six month low at 8.6-percent.

The rate in Tippecanoe County’s is 7.4-percent.  The City of Lafayette is at 7.6 and West Lafayette is at five-percent.

Wired magazine says it "sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia."

Purdue students helping Indiana tornado victims

Mar 12, 2012

Residents of tornado ravaged areas of southern Indiana will be getting help from some Purdue students this week.

A group of more than 100 international students is spending Spring Break in Marysville and Henryville, two of the hardest hit communities.

They will primarily be picking up debris and sorting donated items.

Steve Cain is a Disaster Communication specialist with Purdue Extension.

He says more than 2,500 people put in nearly 20,000 volunteer hours in the area over the weekend.

Cain says the total value of those efforts is roughly $376,000.