Lake County and East Chicago could have new affordable housing by 2020 as part of a state tax credit program called Moving Forward.

It’s how officials plan to fulfill their promise to help East Chicago residents displaced by lead contamination.

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority executive director Jake Sipe says Moving Forward tries to rethink affordable housing as about more than just a number of units.

Purdue Develops New Tool For Cancer Risk Prevention

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A new device developed at Purdue aims to more easily identify breast cancer risk factors. The so-called “risk-on-a-chip” that could help researchers figure out how cancer starts.

The chip is a plastic nano-tool that allows researchers to create a tiny controlled environment where they can study factors that play into the development of breast cancer.

Purdue cancer pharmacology professor Sophie Lelievre says her theory is that an increase in cancer cases is related to the environment.

Indiana will receive more than $3.5 million in federal funds to tackle the opioid epidemic. The money going to 21 health centers, will primarily be used to increase behavioral health services.

The Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, will disperse more than $200 million in grants to qualifying health centers around the country that serve patients regardless of ability to pay.

Indianapolis’s Raphel Health Center CEO Dee Roudebush says the funding comes just in time.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving East Chicago nearly $4.1 million to tear down a contaminated former public housing site.

The money must be used within a year – though HUD hasn’t officially approved the city’s controversial demolition plan for the West Calumet Housing Complex.

HUD classified the demolition as public housing emergency work as it issued the new grant money. The federal agency says it’s needed to prevent danger to human health “because of limited capital funding currently available to the housing authority.”

The Society of Wetland Scientists recently named Beanblossom Bottoms one of only two “Wetlands of Distinction” in Indiana.

Indiana has lost about 85 percent of it’s wetlands over the past 200 years, most of which were drained for agriculture. Sycamore Land Trust has managed and restored the 600-acre Beanblossom Bottoms since 1995. Communications director Abby Henkel says many Hoosiers are surprised to learn Indiana has wetlands at all.

Indiana’s unemployment rate last month took its largest single-month jump in more than eight years.

Four months ago, Indiana’s unemployment rate had its biggest one-month improvement in more than 20 years. That trend is now going the other direction in August, as the state suffered its largest single-month increase in the unemployment rate since March of 2009.

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In recent years, several Indiana cities have made sports-related investments as a way of trying to lure athletic tourism dollars.

Now that Lafayette is building a softball park and a new Loeb Stadium, is it the latest municipality to try that tactic?

That’s one of the questions we pose this week to Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

The elegant and various styles of Chinese dim sum can be difficult to navigate, but this week's feature demystifies the tea-time eating experience. With beautiful black-and-white drawings covering over 70 varieties of dim sum, author Carolyn Phillips gives anyone the ability to choose new and exciting bites from their favorite Chinese restaurant. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Purdue is set to receive almost $20 million from the National Science Foundation to run a research center studying what its leaders are calling “bridge fuels” – in other words, fuel made from gas that's trapped in underground rock. It's extracted through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The researchers say it’ll be needed to satisfy the country’s demand for oil until renewable resources like wind and solar become dominant in the future.

But there was no mention of the “f-word” – fracking -- during a public celebration of the grant or in any of the promotional materials concerning it.

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The fall 2017 Black Cultural Center theme is “Gumbo in the Big Easy.” Throughout this semester the BCC hosts events which highlight the intersections of history and culture, to aid understanding in why "New Orleans is often described by scholars of the African diaspora as the most African city in the United States." WBAA's John Clare spoke with Chef Kevin Belton about his upcoming visit to Purdue.

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Have you ever been surprised to run into someone you know while travelling or not where you normally expect to see them? Coincidence can be a real delight. These days you might expect to see someone or even plan it, with social media tagging our location. Long before facebook or yelp, composers and performers connected in person and through letters. We’ll hear some cool connections, made in the salon of Heinrich von Herzogenberg, and talk with violinists Renaud Capuçon and Cecilia Zilliacus on today’s What’s New.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton is focusing a lot these days on fostering cooperation. He’s hosted the first of what he hopes will be a series of meetings with business leaders, he’s brought together multiple parties to complete a long-stalled road project and he’s working with the state on Stellar Communities projects.

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Withholding final judgement on GOP legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and remake the Medicaid system, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday morning on CNN that it's "difficult to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill" and indicated she will make a final decision on Monday after the Congressional Budget Office provides a report on the legislation.

When it comes to brownie recipes, one would usually expect to hear ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs and chocolate. But one woman dished out a most unusual addition – a heavy serving of infidelity. It all started when The New York Times published Katharine Hepburn's Brownies Recipe two years ago.

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