Workers celebrated at Indianapolis’s Carrier factory Thursday when President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a deal to save more than 1,000 of their jobs.

Dawnn Kinnard is a second-generation Carrier worker whose father still works there too, after 44 years.

After listening to Trump speak, she says she was heartbroken when she first found out they’d lose their jobs.

“Today I’m elated, really just to get my dad to be able to retire when he wants to retire,” Kinnard says.

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After a promising Alzheimer’s drug failed a late-stage clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has announced it will be laying off workers around the country.

The news of layoffs follows last month’s announcement concerning the failure of Solanezumab, which Lilly hoped would be the first drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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A $6 billion healthcare bill making its way through Congress could have significant effects on health, industry and research in the Hoosier State.

The 21st Century Cures Act was approved by a wide majority in the House Wednesday. It offers up nearly $5 billion in research spending through the National Institutes of Health, which funnels the cash to schools such as Purdue and Indiana University.

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There are more than 140 Roman Catholic womenpriests worldwide.

But the Catholic Church doesn’t recognize them because of a longstanding policy that forbids the ordination of women.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Barbara Brosher reports, some hope a new commission Pope Francis formed will lead to change.

Indianapolis Congregation Embraces Inclusive Church  

John Cleary

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Douglas Fletcher, director of the Fall Concert Band, about the next Purdue Gold and Black Concert Bands performance, Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

Find out more about the concert here.

Fictional tales of the mysterious ocean are full of whimsical characters and great beasts. The ocean as we know it today, as described in this week's feature, is not as fictional as it may seem. Considering the vastness that is still undiscovered, author Hugh Aldersey-Williams guides readers through the scientific history of the oceans, as well as the stories told around the world about its wonders. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue University

Purdue University plans to build on its defense and security interests by creating a hub that'll focus those interactions.

University administrators Thursday announced creation of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation.

It’s designed to lure more investment from the likes of private companies such as Rolls-Royce – which builds engines for fighter planes -- to the federal government’s shadowy Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski talk frequently about how well they and their two cities work together.

It’s a key selling point for Greater Lafayette, in fact.

But on the county’s proposed needle exchange program the two appear far apart.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Mayor Dennis about a notable disagreement between the two administrations.

Also on this week’s show, what will West Lafayette’s reaction be to the type of white nationalist rhetoric that showed up in posters on the Purdue campus this week?

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  On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and Indianapolis-based Carrier announced a deal to keep 1,100 jobs in Indiana.

Trump unveiled the details of that deal at a press conference at Carrier's plant on the west side of Indianapolis Thursday afternoon.

Drought Affecting Parts Of Southern Indiana

Dec 1, 2016
Of the major corn and soybean states, Indiana was one of the worst affected by the 2012 drought. Assoc. State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa says this year's drought is not as serious.
Of the major corn and soybean states, Indiana was one of the worst affected by the 2012 drought. Assoc. State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa says this year's drought is not as serious.

 

More than half of Indiana is experiencing abnormally dry soil conditions and parts of 22 southern Indiana counties are experiencing moderate or severe drought.

But Ken Scheeringa, Indiana’s associate state climatologist, says the situation isn’t as bad as it could be.

“The timing is everything. Summer time is not good. Fall is not so bad,” says Scheeringa.

Summer drought conditions affect crop production, but since harvest has wrapped up, Scheeringa says the impacts of a fall drought are limited.

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The city of Frankfort long ago identified State Road 28 as an area of concern. The state department of transportation gave the road a topcoat of asphalt not long ago, but didn’t fix the underlying problems, pushing them off until 2019. Now the city is trying to plan for that construction, but should it be worried the state will again kick the can down the pothole-laden road? We put that to Chris McBarnes on this edition of Ask The Mayor. Also on this week’s program, the city council voted...
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Before the turn of the 20th century there was an American soprano, Lilian Norton who became internationally famous, and was called the “Yankee Diva.” She was given a stage name, Lilian Nordica, by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career, convincing her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, American name. Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is called the Yankee Diva these days – at least on her youtube and flickr accounts, and she has roots in the American Midwest. We’ll hear DiDonato’s artistry from her very first recordings to the latest release on Erato on this episode of What’s New!
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When a robotic probe finally lands on a watery world like Jupiter's moon Europa, what do scientists have to see to definitively say whether the place has any life?

That's the question retired astronaut John Grunsfeld posed to some colleagues at NASA when he was in charge of the agency's science missions.

For more than a quarter century, two legislative districts in the state of North Carolina have been ground zero in a fight over race and redistricting. In the course of that time, Republicans have taken control of the state legislature, and the two political parties have reversed their legal positions regarding the use of race and drawing district lines.

A lawsuit on behalf of Alabama's prisoners, claiming they're being denied mental health care, begins in federal court Monday. The class-action suit states that Alabama doesn't provide adequate mental health treatment for those behind bars.

Lawyers for the prisoners argue that the state provides little other than medication, and sometimes inmates are forced to take it against their will. The plaintiffs allege prison conditions are dangerous and discriminatory, which amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Debunked conspiracy theories have been making the rounds on social media lately, from the thoroughly unsupported claim that millions of people voted illegally in California to false assertions about paid protesters being bused to demonstrations.

Student parent.

Ever heard that term? It's used for a student who is also a parent, and there are nearly five million of them in colleges around the country. That's over a quarter of the undergraduate population, and that number has gone up by around a million since 2011.

It can be really, really expensive to be a student parent, especially if you need to pay for child care while you're in class.

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