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On last month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we chatted about the way the school is now tracking incidents involving electric scooters and motorized skateboards. Now, the school has convened a task force to determine whether new rules need to be made regarding their use – to keep both riders and drivers safer.

We cover that on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, as well as how the school’s interest in bulking up its contracts with global defense companies aligns with a newly-announced directive by Governor Eric Holcomb to triple the number of federal dollars coming to Indiana for defense.

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is retracting and apologizing for a comment in which he called African-American scholars, in his words, rare "creatures.”

The apology was addressed to five campus organizations, all representing students or faculty of color.  One of the organizations receiving his apology is the Purdue chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. Purdue NAACP President Carey Walls says he and other students shouldn’t have had to ask for an apology.  

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy prohibiting students and staff from wagering on Purdue sports teams.

This decision comes following the legalization of sports gambling in Indiana on September 1. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says athletes could have been influenced if their peers or teachers were placing bets on them.

“If people around them or their classmates were betting for or against them or their team that it might make them feel very apprehensive maybe intimidated,” Daniels says.

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Out-of-state Purdue University students who want to vote in local elections will soon have a free way to get a valid Indiana ID without giving up other forms of identification.

Speaking Tuesday on WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, Purdue’s president says the school will waive the fee normally charged to students to get a new ID – which now have expiration dates and comply fully with Indiana’s vote ID law. But he notes the plan only applies to non-Hoosiers.

For months, Purdue faculty have sparred with President Mitch Daniels about his desire to make passing a civics test a graduation requirement – even if both sides broadly agree students don’t know enough about government.

Next week, incoming freshmen will set the baseline for what Purdue students know by taking a voluntary questionnaire as part of Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue’s orientation program. WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Purdue Senate Chair Cheryl Cooky to find out about the test – which was still being written with less than a week before students arrive, and which she’s hesitant to call a “test.”

A decade-long legal battle between the state and tech giant IBM is nearing its conclusion.

Some of the state and country’s foremost political figures gathered with more than 1,000 Hoosiers Wednesday to remember and praise the life of Richard Lugar.

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Long-time Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is being remembered as a giant in Indiana politics. The Republican died Sunday at the age of 87.

Lugar served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis before joining the senate in 1977. He served until 2013.

Along with Democratic Senator Sam Nunn he led the effort to help the former Soviet states dismantle their weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arsenals.

Lugars’s longtime colleague and friend former Indiana Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton says Lugar was known for his commitment to bipartisanship.

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One day after Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced university employees earning $75,000 or less would receive a $500 dollar one-time bonus this spring, WBAA asked people across campus exactly how they felt about the extra money -- and how they'd spend it.  Listen to responses from six of those employees below. Some full names have been withheld at the request of the interviewee.

Purdue To Give Select Staff $500 Bonus In Spring 2019

Feb 18, 2019
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Purdue University plans to give one-time, $500 bonuses this spring to employees making less than $75,000 annually. President Mitch Daniels announced the initiative at the University Senate meeting Monday.

Daniels calls the bonus a “modest gesture” meant to thank staff for the work they do. He says that work allows the university to operate without raising tuition, which he announced will remain the same through the 2020-21 academic year. Tuition hasn’t gone up for Purdue students since 2012.

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