General News

IPS Wins Back Donnan, Howe & Manual After 8 Years Of State Takeover

Jan 15, 2020

Three Indianapolis schools under state takeover will return to their home district after the State Board of Education reversed a decision and denied a private manager's intent to seek charter authorization for the schools.

The unprecedented move, described by one board member as "difficult, messy and not clean," effectively ends state control of schools in the city. It also divides members of Southside and Eastside neighborhoods, who want different outcomes for the schools.

South Bend Tribune News Staff Move To Form Union

Jan 15, 2020

Staff at the largest newspaper in South Bend announced Wednesday they hope to become the fourth in the state to unionize. Staff members of the South Bend Tribune requested the National Labor Relations Board oversee a union election next month.

The following schools are on a two-hour delay this morning due to dense fog: 

Carroll Consolidated School Corporation 

Clinton Central School Corporation

Community Schools of Frankfort

Crawfordsville Community School Corporation

Delphi Community School Corporation

Frontier School Corporation

Lafayette School Corporation

Lebanon Community School Corporation

North White School Corporation

Rossville Schools

Tippecanoe School Corporation

West Lafayette School Corporation

The End Of Takeover -- Again? State Ed Board To Decide Fate Of Indy, Gary Schools

Jan 14, 2020

An end to Indiana’s experiment in the takeover of failing schools could happen Wednesday -- again. For the second time, the State Board of Education will vote on the future of four schools, one in Gary and three in Indianapolis.

The heart of the issue is who can retain control of the schools -- the private companies operating them or the former school districts the schools were severed from.

WBAA Overall Excellence Entry

Jan 8, 2020
Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

WBAA's three-person newsroom was busy in 2019, spending much of its time on in-depth reporting.

We made a conscious effort to tell more stories from rural communities outlying Greater Lafayette than we had in the past, and it painted a rich, if sometimes complicated, picture of our neighbors.

Indiana environmentalists held a rally and met with lawmakers on Tuesday to demand better renewable energy policies in the state. 

House Republican committee members rejected an attempt Tuesday to spend excess state surplus dollars on teacher pay bonuses.


UPDATE (1:50 p.m.):

Lafayette Limo General Manager Amanda Florian says five buses were destroyed and another slightly damaged in the Dec. 30 fire.

That leaves the company with only three of its nine full-size buses in service, but Florian says the company has a total fleet of around 40 vehicles of varying sizes.

"So far, we're doing good. It's not necessarily the ideal time for it to happen, because obviously [Purdue University] students are returning next week," Florian says.

The Indiana State Department of Health ISDH confirms seven flu-related deaths this season in a report released Friday

Disease-Carrying Coastal Tick Found In Indiana

Dec 20, 2019

Indiana University researchers have spotted a tick rarely seen in the state. The Gulf Coast tick is usually found along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. But researchers say it's moving north — and climate change could be the cause. 

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA

Frankfort will return to weekly, citywide recycling collection next month. The switch comes after a July fire leveled local recycling facility Werner and Son, forcing the creation of a staggered pickup schedule that divided the city into four sections, with each quadrant collected one week a month.

The following schools are on a two-hour delay:

Benton Community School 

Clinton Central School Corporation

Crawfordsville School Corporation

Delphi Community School Corporation

Frontier School Corporation

Lafayette School Corporation

MSD Warren County

North Montgomery School Corporation

Rossville Consolidated Schools District

Southeast Fountain Schools

South Montgomery School Corporation

Tippecanoe School Corporation

Tri-County School Corporation

All IN: The Friday Pitch-In

Dec 13, 2019

We end every week with the Friday Pitch-In, where we catch up on some of the biggest Indiana headlines of the week with Digital Producer Lauren Chapman.

All IN: The HIV Modernization Movement

Dec 12, 2019

Public health experts, including the American Medical Association, are calling for an end to so-called HIV criminalization laws, which require people with HIV to disclose their status to sexual partners, IV drug users, and other specific groups.

For the second time this year, conservation groups have threatened legal action in an effort to list the lake sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Hoosier Environmental Council, Fishable Indiana Streams for Hoosiers, and others filed a notice of intent to sue against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.