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A couple of towns and a city in West Central Indiana are among a majority of Indiana municipalities focusing the most recent round of Community Development Block Grant funding on water system improvements.

The Town of Oxford, in Benton County, is focusing its funding on a stormwater program to prevent flooding in residential areas.

The state granted $500,000 each to Oxford and the Cass County town of Royal Center, as well as $550,000 to Attica.

City of West Lafayette

The summer construction season is now in full force and you, the listeners to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, have many questions about it.

This week, we put those to West Lafayette’s John Dennis and ask him whether he’s surprised that a project as talked about as State Street is still creating as much consternation as it is.

Also on this week’s program, will West Lafayette join the list of hundreds of other cities standing opposed to President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement?

With a bee population that continues to decline of late, the fruits and vegetables grown to feed the world may be in jeopardy. The Xerces Society works to encourage the general public to reincorporate bees into their lives, and have released a guide to plants that can attract them. With a lengthy index and detailed information about each plant, gardeners all over the country can find things to grow that are native to their region. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Indiana’s state-run local food label hopes a new influx of cash from the legislature will help to court more businesses that sell local products.

It’s the first direct state funding the Indiana Grown program has received.

The state Department of Agriculture scraped the program together from existing funding the last two years, says commissioner Ted McKinney.

They recruited 800 members, he says. Nearly all of them are local producers.

The 44 remaining Marsh stores will go to auction Monday, June 12, as the Indiana company’s bankruptcy process continues.

The Fishers-based grocery chain received multiple bids for its assets as of Wednesday’s deadline, triggering the auction.

The winning buyer may choose to keep some Marsh stores open, convert them to another chain’s brand, or close the stores entirely.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s latest report card on the state economy’s race to the top shows some progress. But a lot of obstacles remain.

The Vision 2025 Plan is basically the Chamber’s policy platform. Chamber president Kevin Brinegar says it lays out the ways Indiana’s economy should succeed.

“We believe, if we can be best of class in each of these areas, that Indiana will have the best chance for competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st-century global economy,” he says.

A group of current and former inmates from Dearborn County Jail talked about their experiences in the Jail Chemical Addictions Program. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says the state’s treatment options for drug addiction are inadequate. Now he’s formed a coalition of government, healthcare and law enforcement leaders to make the case for reform.

A group of current and former inmates from Dearborn County Jail spoke at the Public Safety Coalition’s first meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Indiana State Board of Education approved four private schools with a history of low performance and academic failure to accept publicly funded vouchers to cover tuition for incoming students during a meeting Wednesday.

The schools had lost their ability to enroll new students in the Choice Scholarship Program because they had been rated a D or F on the state’s accountability system for at least two consecutive years.

Indiana may not join the next wave of states that legalize medical or recreational marijuana, but it doesn’t mean Hoosiers can’t partake in the booming business.

That was the message from national Marijuana Business Association founder Dave Rheins at a forum in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

In a cigar smoke-filled room at a downtown social club, he told a small crowd other states’ up-start marijuana sectors need lawyers, marketers, investors and agritech experts to get involved.

John Clare

Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association (TMTA) provides many educational and performance opportunities for area piano students through events such as the Sunday Showcase Recitals, Achievement in Music Festival, and Indiana Music Teacher's Association District Auditions as well as continuing education opportunities for members. The 2017 Monster Concert, a grand piano extravaganza, is Thursday, June 8 at 7:00pm at Long Center for the Performing Arts.  It features piano ensemble music, performed on ten pianos by over 175 pianists, grade 3 to adult, playing in groups of up to 20 at a time. WBAA's John Clare spoke to TMTA member and teacher Nadya Dubikovsky about the group.

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