Fast-Growing Invasive Vine Found In Indiana

May 21, 2018
Mile-a-minute vine (USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Plant Protection and Quarantine)
Rebecca Thiele

A new invasive vine that can grow up to six inches a day could be spreading in the state. Experts found the mile-a-minute vine in Monroe County. It’s dead now, but they say it likely won’t be the last we see of the plant. 

John Clare

A family friendly open house/reception for The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change takes place this Wednesday. The exhibit at Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections (ASC) offers activities for kids and a chance for individuals to visit “The Sixties” exhibit after hours from 5 to 7pm, which is typically only open weekdays 1 to 4:30pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adriana Harmeyer and Carly Dearborn about the special event.

State Releases New ILEARN Sample Questions

May 21, 2018

The State Department of Education (IDOE) has released sample questions for Indiana’s new standardized test that rolls out next year.

Elementary and middle school students will first take the state’s new ILEARN assessment in Spring 2019, and the sample item release offers a first look at the new exam created with test-writer group American Institutes for Research.

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Prince Harry is marrying the American actress Meghan Markle in Windsor, England, almost 4,000 miles away from downtown Indianapolis. But at the Circle City's Skyline Club, more than 80 people have gathered to see the ceremony, reflect on the deeper meaning of the union...and drink mimosas.

On every widescreen TV in the room, at 7 a.m. Eastern Time and 1 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, Markle emerges from a Rolls Royce and onto the steps of St. George’s Chapel beneath a 16-foot long wedding veil.

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In April

May 18, 2018
The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana's unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. Before this year, it hadn’t been that low since late 2000.

This week's book highlights the unique geography of these United States. He drives from coast to coast, noting different things about each part he goes through. Kaplan notes Purdue, among other universities in the modern Midwest and their impact on the Midwest. He talks about the Mormons culture, as he moves towards Utah and the West. He eventually makes it all the way to the naval base at San Diego, California. A beautiful cross country travel log by Robert D.Kaplan. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Indianapolis, state and health officials announce a syringe exchange program for Marion County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Hepatitis C cases in Marion County are up so much, the public health department in Indianapolis declared an epidemic. A syringe exchange program is part of the county’s answer. 

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine spelled out a proposal for a syringe exchange program Thursday. 

Indiana used to have to post public notices in newspapers when a company applied for a permit to put pollution into the air. But the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to move away from paper ads.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort has attracted some large employers in recent years, but still struggles to find college-educated employees to fill high-wage jobs.

So the city is taking a page out of the book of another Indiana municipality and offering grants to people who want to buy homes in the city.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about whether the city can find the cash to increase the grant amounts and whether the city budget should even be used in such a way, when there’s little cash to spare anyhow.

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Purdue AAMB 99th Performance At Indy 500

The Purdue All American Marching Band (AAMB) performs at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) this Sunday. It marks the 99th year the band has participated. WBAA's John Clare spoke with the band's director, Jay Gephart about the tradition. There's more about the race here . The AAMB is scheduled: 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:05am - "On the Banks of the Wabash" performed by Purdue University Band 11:46am - "America the Beautiful" 12:11pm - ...

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Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On Seeing Video Of A Movie Shooting

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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Each year, malaria kills about half a million people around the world. Health officials say a fast, cheap, accurate way to test for people infected with the malaria parasite would be extremely helpful in combating the disease. Now some engineers in California say they've invented a device they someday will do just that.

The device takes advantage of the fact that the malaria parasite produces tiny crystals inside infected red blood cells. These crystals have a magnetic property. Put a magnet next to a drop of infected blood, and the crystals move toward the magnet.

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Johanna Humphrey has a crayon problem.

The Philadelphia resident ordered 24 boxes of crayons to hand out at her son's third birthday party. But retailer Amazon accidentally sent her twice that many and doesn't want the extras back.

"Parents don't need this many crayons in their house," jokes Humphrey as she takes photos of the boxes with her smart phone to list them on her local "Buy Nothing Project" Facebook group. Humphrey wants to give the extra crayons to a local teacher.

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