October State Revenues Continue Downward Trend

Nov 13, 2017

Total Indiana tax revenues have lagged in each of the four months of the fiscal year that began in July. And October didn’t help, with collections missing the mark by nearly $30 million.

That’s despite sales and individual income taxes which exceeded expectations for the first time this fiscal year – though just barely. And despite that positive month, collections for those two tax categories remain less than expected overall.

Azar Nominated For HHS Secretary

Nov 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former Eli Lilly executive as Health and Human Services Secretary Monday. Alex Azar is the latest Hoosier headed to Washington for a post in the federal health sector.

IU To Turn GHG Emissions Into Plant Fertilizer

Nov 13, 2017

Indiana University wants to improve its sustainability – and it’s turning to a novel way of recycling to do so. The school’s main campus will turn its greenhouse gas emissions into plant fertilizer with the help of a photobioreactor.

The machine is made out of PVC pipe and will sit on top of the university’s central heating plant. There, it will capture plant emissions, which will be used to feed algae, which project co-leader Chip Glaholt says will be turned into plant fertilizer.

The Indiana Commission On Improving the Status of Children is working to tackle one part of the shortage of mental health providers.

Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy executive director Cathleen Graham says the shortage of professionals comes from a number of factors: Indiana has almost doubled the number of children in the welfare system and the opioid epidemic contributed to longer stays in the system while parents and guardians get sober.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council, representing liquor stores and grocery stores respectively, have partnered to ask the General Assembly to legalize Sunday alcohol sales.

But they're also pushing against legalizing cold beer sales in convenience stores.

The partnership comes as members of Indiana’s Alcohol Commission prepare their final recommendation for state lawmakers.

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Drawing Resurfaced II features work from contemporary artists working in the drawing medium from across the United States. The new exhibition opens today at noon in Purdue's Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette. The reception takes place Thursday, November 16, at 5:30PM with comments by the jurors: Liz Erlewine, Eric Penington, and Christine Wuenschel. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erlewine about the exhibit.

Worker Injuries, Illness On The Decline

Nov 10, 2017

Indiana workplaces set a new low last year for on the job injuries and illnesses last year. Since 1992, the Indiana State Department of Labor has tracked the data that reports on Injuries and illnesses related to work incidents. There were more than 84,000 incidents in 2016 – a 5 percent drop from 2015 and a 69 percent drop from a 1994 high.

Grow With Google Training Launches In Indianapolis

Nov 10, 2017

Google’s Grow With Google initiative – a nationwide technology training tour – kicked off in Indianapolis Friday. The two-day conference is the beginning of a relationship between the tech giant and Indiana.

Nearly 2,000 Hoosiers registered for digital workshops and training with Google.

The initiative’s Community Engagement head Erica Swanson says Indianapolis is fifth in the country for growth in technology jobs.

Though seemingly stripped from political headlines from the past year, this week's feature was originally published in 1980 as a fictional spy thriller. The reprint is fitting for today's America, as it discusses a businessman's rise to political power and one spy's mission to prove he is working with the Soviet Union. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Vice President Mike Pence made his second official visit to Indiana in a month Thursday for a roundtable discussion with Gov. Eric Holcomb, Sen. Todd Young and a group of small business owners.

It was held on stage at TKO Graphix, a custom graphics manufacturer on the west side of Indianapolis.

Pence used the trip to continue a push for bipartisan support on tax reform. He says the administration wants to lower taxes on working families, small businesses and family farms.

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