Crews begin tearing down a portion of the West Calumet Housing Complex on April 2. They drench the debris to prevent the spread of lead and arsenic contamination to the surrounding neighborhood. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Demolition began Monday afternoon on East Chicago’s West Calumet Housing Complex, but the U.S.S. Lead Superfund site still leaves former residents concerned for their future.

An excavator slowly tore down a duplex at the corner of Magnolia Lave and Aster Avenue as water canons sprayed onto and surrounding the building to prevent any contamination.

American Pianists Association

Pianist Drew Petersen is one of four recipients of this year’s Avery Fisher Career Grants, and performs this Friday, April 6th at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse inside Stewart Center. Petersen also won the 2017 American Pianists Awards after a rigorous 13-month competition comprising solo and chamber recitals, concerto performances, and community outreach activities. His debut album for the Steinway & Sons label, featuring music by all American composers, will be released in early summer of 2018. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Drew over the phone about winning awards and his upcoming concert.

Provided by Purdue University

Purdue University officially launched its controversial joint venture with what was formerly known as Kaplan University Monday. Officials say the newly-rebranded Purdue Global is targeted toward ‘working adults.’

A steel coil is rolled out and slit to various widths for different customers at Mill Steel. (FILE PHOTO: Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs are designed to make U.S. workers more competitive in the international economy. That could have a big impact on a manufacturing-heavy state like Indiana.

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. (U.S. Air Force)
Brandon Smith

A new Indiana law requires school coaches to undergo training for heat-related medical issues. The measure’s author says it’s the “last piece of the puzzle” to help coaches protect student athletes’ health.

Gary Mayor: Lawmakers Need To Stay Out Of Our Schools

Apr 2, 2018
The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should let the current emergency management process function without further interference. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Jeanie Lindsay

 

Lawmakers worked on a controversial school financial management bill this year, but it died in the last minutes of the regular session. The mayor of Gary says lawmakers should avoid more community specific mandates during the special session.

Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Severe Bleeding

Mar 30, 2018
(Public domain/U.S. Marines)
Lauren Chapman

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, issued a warning this week about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after severe bleeding was associated with cases in Indiana and Illinois.

Two cases have been recorded in Indiana, more in Illinois. ISDH Deputy Health Commissioner Pam Pontones says there are numerous chemicals in these illegal substances that are not regulated.

Under Indiana law, you have to provide a reason you can’t vote on Election Day to get an absentee ballot. (Daniel Morrison/Flickr)
Brandon Smith

A bill to expand Indiana’s absentee voting law couldn’t make it over the finish line in 2018 as House Republicans blocked the bill from a hearing.

And House GOP members have conflicting explanations for why the bill died.

Breastfeeding Boost Attributed To Affordable Care Act

Mar 29, 2018
(defense.gov)
Lauren Chapman

An Indiana University researcher says there was a significant increase in the number of children breastfed and the recent study links the increase to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Sales Tax On Food In Vending Machines Eliminated

Mar 29, 2018
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Lawmakers this session eliminated what they saw as a quirk of state law – sales tax on food sold in vending machines.

Most food bought at the grocery store is exempt from the state sales tax, says Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

“But some of those same items, if they’re purchased through a vending machine, are charged the seven percent tax,” Ober says.

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Moms and composers have calmed listeners for centuries. Singing, lilting melodies…even inducing sleep – on purpose! Most composers write a lullaby, and may or may not believe you might fall asleep while listening. We’ll hear from a composer who wrote a work with the express intention for the audience to sleep! Ahead Max Richter ’s Sleep , plus more of his music for the stage and screen on this episode of What’s New .

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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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In the annals of American culture, Kendrick Lamar's unprecedented Pulitzer win in music for DAMN. will stand alongside a recent influx of hip-hop firsts: Jay-Z's 2017 induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, LL Cool J's 2017 Kennedy Center Honors and the entire slew of artists who — to paraphrase a George Clinton classic — helped paint the White House rap during Obama's presidency.

The felony invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens can continue, Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled in St. Louis on Thursday. Many of Greitens' fellow Republicans have urged him to resign; he has refused.

"Burlison announces he will not dismiss" the case in response to a motion from Greitens' defense team, reports St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum.

Crank "Up The Street" to a volume that shakes the dust from your creaky bones. Made stiff from years of rock and roll neglect, you are now redeemed by the nasty howl and stomp of Rat the Magnificent. Hallelujah and hot damn.

Room 615 in Vladivostok's Hotel Gavan is a cramped, two-room "business suite" with green wallpaper and carpeting. Yet when former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled to Russia's Pacific coast in 2002, the modest digs served as his presidential suite.

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