General News



Measles Case Confirmed in Northeast Indiana

Apr 8, 2019

The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in northern Indiana.Health Department officials are working with local health agencies and healthcare providers in LaGrange and Steuben counties to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

For the third time, a large group of pigeons has been found abandoned in the same rest area off Interstate 65. 

Rest area attendant Edwin Hensley discovered the birds late Sunday night, as he had twice before, during his evening trash run. This time, however, the pigeons had been dumped directly into one dumpster, while the boxes in which they were transported were discarded in another. Of the 51 pigeons they found, five were already dead, possibly drowned in the several inches of sitting water in the receptacle.

Muncie Vending Machines Helping Homeless

Mar 28, 2019

As of today, two Muncie fire stations are home to special vending machines stocked with supplies to help the city’s homeless after-hours, when local service agencies aren’t open.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the machines are the first-of-their-kind in Indiana.

“Things like hygiene items, bottles for water, hairbrushes, combs, chapstick…”

That’s Karee Buffin, with Bridges Community Services.  She’s awaiting the placement of the organization’s second vending machine to serve the homeless.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Tippecanoe County residents got a glimpse into the past Thursday as members of the historical association and Lafayette Fire Department worked together to open a time capsule.

The time capsule was found cemented to the bottom of a boulder that has served as a memorial for the Spanish-American War since 1931. Construction workers were moving the boulder during renovations on other areas of the park.

Kim Hoover / Hoots to Howls Wildlife Rehabilitation Facebook page

Two-and-a-half months after 57 pigeons were found abandoned in a rest area dumpster near the Wolcott exit on Interstate 65, 88 more pigeons were found crammed into sealed boxes at the same location.

Wildlife rehabilitator Kim Hoover, who led efforts to ensure the earlier group of sick and starving birds found places to recover, says she never thought she would see this again.

“But you know what, this is a story—it’s one for the record books, I’m telling you,” Hoover says.

Chemical Probes Could Point To New Antibiotics

Mar 5, 2019

New research out of Indiana University is helping scientists understand how bacteria fights back against antibiotics. 

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.