Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says CBD regulations are burdensome and will drive up the cost for Hoosiers. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, is one step away from legalization after lawmakers gave final approval to such legislation Wednesday.

The measure legalizes CBD oil as long as it has 0.3 percent or less THC, the ingredient in cannabis that creates a high.

General Assembly Approves Single Diploma Bill

Mar 15, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The General Assembly passed legislation to create a single high school diploma structure in Indiana.

It still allows for students to add distinctions for academic or technical honors to their diplomas.

(Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

Disparity Among Indiana Counties Impacts Health

Mar 14, 2018

The ninth annual County Health Rankings report shows that where you live impacts a person’s health.  This year’s data also includes a look at how racial disparity plays into health across Indiana.

The report finds black people have lower life expectancy and quality of life than white or Asian people in Indiana.  The rankings account for measurements including healthy behaviors, access to care, social and economic factors and environment. 

Andrew Hancock / Purdue University

6:20 p.m. update:

Purdue President Mitch Daniels has released the following statement regarding Sumire Negishi’s death:

“Purdue University and the world have lost a dear friend in the death of Sumire Negishi. Throughout a lifetime of love and loyalty, she supported her husband in a career of tremendous contributions to science and to the teaching and training of subsequent generations of top scientists.

Students Stage Walkout Across Indiana

Mar 14, 2018
Bethany Christian students gather in the gym lobby for a walkout in remembrance of the Parkland shooting, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools. (Jennifer Weingart/WVPE)
Lauren Chapman

Students across Indiana joined a national walkout movement to protest federal inaction on preventing school shootings. They left classes at 10 a.m., for 17 minutes in recognition of the 17 students and faculty members who died in the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

The day of action also marks the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

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This story starts with a meeting Purdue Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Bill Sullivan called with a man named Tim Werth.

“When I sat down with Tim, the first thing he did after introducing himself was to say ‘I want to tell you something about my background,'" Sullivan says.

It related to Werth’s time at a now-defunct company called Adelphia Communications.

“Before I even asked, Tim offered up: ‘I have this issue and I want to tell you about it and it’s going to stick with me for life and that’s the cross I have to bear,’” Sullivan says.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety.

The agreed-upon language delivers a $5 million funding request made by Gov. Eric Holcomb for the state’s school safety grants. That money goes toward equipment and school building safety upgrades.

State Estimates Fewer Hours For New Standardized Test

Mar 12, 2018

The standardized test that will replace Indiana's ISTEP will take students significantly less time to complete, according to estimates from the Indiana Department of Education.


Arts & Culture

New Release: For Lenny, For Sure!

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola , folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens , baritone Thomas Hampson , and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez . WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

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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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Join WBAA to see John Williams Conduct the CSO

Tickets include Charter Bus, Dinner, and your seat at the concert on 4/26/18.

This I Believe

McKenna James

This I Believe: I Believe We Can

Throughout your life, you may have been asked questions you don’t quite know how to even begin to answer. Maybe it’s a toughie, like, “Who was the sixteenth emperor in China?” Other times, it’s as simple as “How are you feeling today?” Questions provoke thoughts, which provoke answers, which provoke emotions, but how can you configure a response to a query you don’t fully comprehend? Personally, the question of beliefs has always been difficult to answer. What do I believe in? Had I ever given this question more thought, maybe I would have realized earlier that I have always had the answer. Not in my brain, but in my heart; my spirit.

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The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year with a record number of animals killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency as scientists estimate these whales could become extinct in just 20 years.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude': Trejo says that his experience standing in the San Quentin prison yard waiting for a riot prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you have to pretend you're not."

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