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 R. Byron Pipes keeps a Tupperware box of carbon fiber knick-knacks inside his office at Purdue Research Park's Indiana Manufacturing Institute—a building so new it doesn’t even show up on Google Maps.

Apart from a large orange blob, (an interesting polymer-experiment-gone-wrong, he says), the knick-knacks—hinges, chains and molds—are all made of the same feather-light, stormy-gray material: carbon fiber composite.

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A bill planned for the upcoming legislative session aims to bring more film business to Indiana. It would create the Indiana Film and Media Production Incentive program, offering tax breaks to productions made in the state.

Now, filmmakers and lawmakers are ramping up lobbying efforts to back the bill. Jon Vickers, the founding director of the Indiana University Cinema, said it wouldn't be the first program of its kind for Indiana -- another version lasted from 2007 to 2012.

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Indiana Republican governor candidate Eric Holcomb says State Auditor Suzanne Crouch will be his running mate on the November ballot.

Holcomb, who in March was sworn in as lieutenant governor, was nominated this week by the Indiana Republican State Committee to run for governor after Pence accepted Donald Trump's invitation to run for U.S. Vice President.

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Voluntary conservation farming practices are measurably decreasing nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin, and this good news: from the Midwest, all the way down the Mississippi River in the Gulf of Mexico. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Nick Janzen reports, the Indiana trend in conservation is reducing the pollution that creates harmful algae blooms and the gulf’s dead zone.

The Indianapolis Zoo, as part of the dolphin exhibit, has a video of dolphins swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. They’re swimming near a boat, pushing air through their blowholes.

  Poetry month in April celebrated many great titles, including One Today by Richard Blanco, Digest by Gregory Pardlo, and The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. Each are prize-winning pieces, covering a multitude of subjects like fatherhood, progress and hope, thankfulness, and more. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.   

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A new piece of legislation to address the country’s addiction to opioid painkillers still has a big hurdle to clear before that money comes to Indiana.

Earlier this month the president signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, but critics have said the bill is all bark and no bite.

The legislation opens up $181 million for states to fund treatment and education programs and expand access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, but it still has to be approved separately when Congress convenes later this fall.

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More Hoosiers are now completing college in a timely fashion, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

But black and Hispanic students are still far less likely than white students to graduate on time.

About two-thirds of Indiana students now receive a bachelor’s degree within six years. 

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Like a lot of Indiana cities, Crawfordsville has seen an increase in drug crime in recent years.

The city has taken some steps, such as increasing patrols, but is there more Todd Barton’s administration could do to wield the power of big data in the city’s favor?

We put that question to him today on Ask The Mayor.

Also on this week’s program, the city has some unexpected budget issues to clear up – everything from putting off new power company improvements to figuring out how someone embezzled enough money from the city’s golf course to put it in the red.

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As the race to replace Mike Pence on the Indiana heated up, many eyes turned to Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

How many talks did he have with Republican party insiders who wanted him to walk back into the governor’s office?

You’ll get that answer on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with him.

Also on this month’s program, an interesting hypothetical from the state’s former governor:

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The 1940 GOP party nominations were done from the floor of the party convention, because the primary election season wasn’t what it is today.

And so, candidates could be plucked, seemingly from obscurity, to have their names put in contention. And if you had a friend like then-Indiana Congressman Charles Halleck, so much the better.

Halleck stepped to the podium in Philadelphia and, in a somewhat shrill, high-pitched, excited tone, entered his friend Wendell Willkie into the fray.

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