Poetry seems to be lost in today's culture, but two Hoosier poets, Matejka and Boruch, aim to bring the art back. Cadaver, Speak examines the intricacies of life and the body, stemming mainly from Boruch's interesting trip to a morgue. The Big Smoke delves into the incredible story of boxer Jack Johnson and his struggles with racial predjudice. While the subject matter could not be more different, both authors tell thought provoking tales through beautiful poetry, and remind us that it may be an art we must rediscover.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton was unopposed in this month’s general election – usually a sign of a politician’s strength.

But it may also represent a high bar for him to clear in his next four years, especially as the city tries to make good on the promise of its Stellar Communities designation.

Today on Ask The Mayor, we find out from Mayor Barton whether he’s managing expectations about his next term in office.

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Indiana saw the highest voter turnout for municipal elections in recent memory during this month’s race, even though only 20.5 percent of all eligible voters made their way to the polls.

Because it was a municipal election, only about 60 percent of all registered people were eligible to vote -- about 2.7 million voters.

Angie Nussmeyer of the Indiana Election Division says in 2011, 15 percent al all eligible voters voted in municipal elections, and in 2007, only 14 voted. She says the number of contested mayoral races probably led to this year’s jump.

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Gasoline prices are once again plummeting across the nation, and in the Hoosier State, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline is sitting at $1.79.  

Jet fuel prices have been dropping as well. However, airline fares haven’t seen as drastic of a price drop.

About 30 percent of airlines’ operating costs are fuel. With the large dip in fuel prices, you might expect to see a dip in ticket prices, but that is not where the money has gone.

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The City of West Lafayette expects to roll out a new digital parking enforcement system in January, about eight months later than originally planned.

The project hit a roadblock earlier this year when the company that had been hired to provide the electronic monitoring system filed to liquidate its assets in federal bankruptcy court.  

City leaders say there was no way to predict the company’s financial problems, and the bankruptcy case was compounded by the fact that the corporation was originally formed in Canada.

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President Barack Obama awarded two Hoosiers the nation’s top civilian honor Tuesday night.

Lee Hamilton and William Ruckelshaus were recognized in the White House East Room Tuesday night, along with Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Willie Mays, to name a few others.

Hamilton served in Congress for more than three decades before becoming vice chair of the 9/11 commission.

Mayor-Elect Hogsett Wants To Address Crime First

Nov 24, 2015
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Even though Indianapolis Mayor-Elect Joe Hogsett has to wait until next year to be sworn in, he’s already making public safety a priority for a city he says has been witness to a violent crime wave.

Hogsett says he’ll at least name a public safety director and police chief before his term begins so they can start alongside him. As soon as he’s sworn in, he plans on convening a meeting of safety officials immediately.

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Indiana will request a five year extension for when high school teachers are required to hold a master's degree and additional college credits so they can teach dual credit courses.

But now state education officials and lawmakers have to figure a way for nearly 2,000 teachers to earn and pay for additional college-level credentials.

Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz says if lawmakers don't incentivise going back to college or teaching dual credit, educators could leave the profession.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Gov. Mike Pence to stop him from blocking federal funds that help Syrian refugees move to Indiana.

The ACLU is seeking a preliminary injunction on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, a nonprofit corporation that assists refugees with federal money funneled through the state.

Exodus Executive Director Carleen Miller refuted claims that accepting refugees from Syria poses a security risk, citing the minimum 18-month vetting process each refugee goes through to move to the United States.

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has been pondering a number of racially-charged issues in the last month.

He’s of Syrian heritage and has watched as his state has tried to deny refugees fleeing civil war from coming to Indiana.

And his campus was the site of a protest similar to one at the University of Missouri decrying racial disparities at Purdue.

Those are just two topics we cover on November’s Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels.


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