Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Giraffe Dies

Jul 12, 2018
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In the social media post dedicated to her memory, zoo officials said "Zahra was loved by all, and her loss is felt deeply. We share this heartbreak with our animal care professionals, who cared for her every single day of her life. We thank them for their outstanding work, not only with Zahra, but with all the animals here at the Zoo."

 

Jay County Schools To Buy Guns For Some Staff

Jul 10, 2018
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A rural Indiana school district that plans to give some staff members access to guns says it could purchase them within the next month.

Nearly 50 Jay School Corporation employees volunteered to have access to the guns.

Indiana hasn’t updated its rules on energy efficiency and safety measures in several years. Environmentalists hope a proposed change to the building code leads to a greener Indiana.

School Financial Indicator Committee Meets This Week

Jul 10, 2018

Under a bill passed earlier this year, the state plans to keep closer tabs on financially struggling schools. A committee meets this week, to discuss which financial risk factors the state might monitor as part of that plan.

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President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has many eyes turning to Indiana –  incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is a key vote in the Senate.

Donnelly’s statement says only that he’ll carefully review Kavanaugh’s record and qualifications. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is more direct – he praises Kavanaugh as an “originalist.”

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The Sixties: A Decade of Triumph, Struggle, and Change is the latest exhibit at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University.  WBAA's John Clare spoke to Outreach Archivist Adriana Harmeyer and Carly Dearborn about the center and their latest exhibit that includes artifacts of Purdue's 100th Anniversary, Protests and Astronauts!

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If a meeting Monday night is any indication, Greater Lafayette residents want a replacement for Chauncey Hill Mall that both caters to students and includes local restaurants that don’t rely on a student clientele.

That’s part of the challenge which the land’s owners, Lafayette-based Trinitas Ventures, and a team of architects must overcome following a sensing session that’ll last all this week.

Even though at least one of the companies providing Affordable Care Act insurance in Indiana temporarily saves money from a recent Trump administration move, company officials say the decision create more questions about the future of health coverage for Hoosiers.

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

State Offers All Schools Handheld Metal Detectors

Jul 9, 2018

Earlier this year, lawmakers made $35 million available in the common school fund so schools can take out loans to pay for safety upgrades, and set aside more dollars for the state’s school safety grant program.

Now, in a video update shared online, Gov. Eric Holcomb says another way the state wants to make schools safer is by helping control what gets inside.

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The Purdue Summer Band performs at Riehle Plaza this Thursday evening at 6:30pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to directors Matt Conaway and Jon Sweet about the concert.

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Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes On Parks, Apartments And Hot Dogs

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes about downtown revitalization. Frankfort is struggling to fill agribusiness and manufacturing jobs, so the city is trying to improve life outside of work, and focusing on parks and apartments to build a larger employee pool.

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Counting cats, much like herding them, is a complicated proposition.

But a coalition of groups in Washington, D.C., is giving it a shot.

PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society, the Humane Rescue Alliance and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating on a project called the D.C. Cat Count, which aims to create a more accurate estimate of the city's entire cat population — including both feral cats and pet cats.

A new report out Thursday by the federal government's auditing arm raises big concerns about how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles employees who report wrongdoing and managers found to have committed misconduct.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's report says VA whistleblowers are far more likely than their colleagues to face discipline or removal after reporting misconduct.

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