Some books find us at the perfect moment in our lives, when we need their words the most. Author Will Schwalbe takes readers through some of the most impactful in his life in this week's feature. Spanning decades from the classics to today's bestsellers, each chapter explores the life lessons he discovered in the pages. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The FDA has approved a device developed in Indiana that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a nerve-stimulating device placed behind the ear which sends electrical pulses to the brain.

It’s been shown to reduce severe effects of opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting. Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the technology fills a gap in treatment.

Indiana Senate Democrats Unveil 2018 Agenda

Nov 16, 2017

Indiana Senate Democrats’ agenda for the upcoming legislative session is a retread of many past agendas: expanded voter access measures, a proposed minimum wage increase, and a push for a bias crimes law.

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It turns out it might cost more than originally planned to retrofit what Frankfort’s police chief calls the city’s “1970s” police department. The city has already raised utility rates and at least one tax, so how much further is Mayor Chris McBarnes willing to go before he thinks he’ll encroach on his fiscal conservative bona fides?

We put that question to Mayor McBarnes on this edition of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “We Love the 80s ”, features music from Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel, Mozart, Michael Jackson, and more.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

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A transgender inmate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction for denying her request for hormone therapy while in prison.

Anthony Loveday was diagnosed with gender dysphoria – conflict between a person’s physical gender and their gender identity -- while in prison, and says the Indiana State Prison’s denial to provide hormone therapy is unconstitutional.

Opioids Impact Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate

Nov 15, 2017

The Indiana Department of Health marked five years of its Labor of Love summit, an annual event aimed at reducing the state’s infant mortality rate. The rate of infants dying before their first birthday has risen steadily since the campaign began, mainly because of substance use disorders.

When the initiative kicked off in 2012, 556 babies lost their life – last year that number was 623. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box says any progress the state has made has been overshadowed.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, November 19th, and features America’s vocal and choral traditions from colonial times to the present. On the program is music by Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, and Libby Larsen. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a long time coming, to include three "Fathers' of American Music: William Billings, Edward McDowell, and Charles Ives". WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “In the American Grain” at the WBAA studios.

Alcohol Commission Recommends Sunday Sales

Nov 14, 2017

A special panel studying Indiana’s alcohol laws recommends the legislature legalize Sunday alcohol laws – with some limitations. The commission Tuesday postponed any other recommendations.

The alcohol commission voted in support of a preliminary draft for legislation to allow Sunday alcohol sales. The proposal would give liquor, grocery, and convenience stores the ability to sell alcohol for carry-out between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

The head of a special study commission isn’t entirely on board with a recent deal struck between grocery and liquor stores in the ongoing debate over changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws.

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Missing You 11/18 Open House

A family friendly open house/reception for Missing You: Navigating Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight and Enduring Legacy takes place this Saturday. The exhibit at Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) offers activities for kids and a chance for individuals to visit the “Missing You” exhibit before it closes next month, which is typically only open weekdays. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Tracy Grimm about the special event. Find out more about the open house here . The...

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There aren’t that many movies staged and shot in Crawfordsville. And probably only a small subset of those involve replica firearms. So when a Crawfordsville police officer encountered what looked like a robbery earlier this week and fired a bullet at an actor carrying an air gun, people began to formulate questions.

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On Thursday and Friday, five women testified before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and demanded an investigation regarding sexual torture at the hands of Mexican police forces. The abuse happened in May 2006 following a clash between protesters and state forces in the state of Mexico.

The Western U.S. is just starting to recover after a prolonged, 16-year drought. A lack of water can force people to take a hard look at how they use it, and make big changes. That's what happened in southern Colorado, where farmers have tried a bold experiment: They're taxing themselves to boost conservation.

Colorado's San Luis Valley is a desperately dry stretch of land, about the same size as New Jersey.

This week, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke with NPR's Michel Martin, promoting his new book that reflects on his late son Beau's battle with brain cancer. During the interview, Biden also told NPR he has "no plans" to run in the 2020 presidential election.

Although Martin and Biden's conversation touched on many topics, it was apparent Beau's memory and presence continue to be at the forefront of his mind.

Along with his book, family and 2020 election prospects, NPR asked about Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Justice Clarence Thomas.

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