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3:49 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Jobs Report: Almost 16,000 Positions Created In November

It's the most jobs the state has seen created in any month for a decade-and-a-half.
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Indiana’s private sector added more jobs last month than any single month in 15 years.  Yet the state’s unemployment rate remains unchanged.

The private sector added nearly 16,000 jobs in November, led by huge gains in the Professional and Business services sector. 

But the state’s unemployment rate held steady for the third consecutive month at 5.7-percent.  That’s because the additional jobs were largely offset by additions to the workforce – more than 12,000 people last month joined the job hunt. 

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Sports
2:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rangy Purdue Women's Team Makes Anteaters Look More Like Ants

Purdue guard April Wilson drives to the basket following a steal in the second half Friday.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

It's common when assessing a basketball player that coaches or scouts will care more about the person's wingspan than their height.

Though they also held a height advantage at every position against UC-Irvine, it was the long arms of the Purdue women's team that led them to a 69-44 victory. 

The Anteaters started a pair of guards who stand 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-4, respectively -- well shorter than Purdue's outside defenders. Consequently, the harassing style of Purdue's sideline trap made passing difficult for UCI -- but not impossible.

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Sports
2:06 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: December 19

Burke says a vote next month could change the way the largest conferences in the country operate.
Credit Purdue Athletics

Numbers released recently show Purdue’s football attendance dropped more than any other large-conference school this year.

It’s a worrisome statistic as the athletics department prepares to ask for tens of millions of dollars to refurbish Ross-Ade Stadium.

But it’s just one money-related topics on athletics director Morgan Burke’s mind as he prepares for 2015.

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Arts & Culture
7:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Book Review: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

A son of Indiana, Greenburg captures the look, the feel, the sounds of post Civil War Indiana with its characters taking up tumultuous lives right here in Lafayette.  A book that won a deserved place on Library Journal’s “Top Indie Fiction…Beyond the Best Sellers List” this Fall ,  Greenburg’s debut novel is one you’ll be glad you read!

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Government
4:13 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State Revenue Forecast Stable, But Gambling And Smoking Cash Evaporating

Governor Pence says he wants to use the state's revenue picture to push for more education initiatives.
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Indiana’s gaming revenue has been in free fall for a few years, and it’s predicted to continue its drop in the upcoming two-year budget cycle. 

That’s in large part because of increased competition from neighboring states. 

A legislative study committee is proposing changes to the industry that include moving riverboats on land, allowing live dealers rather than electronic table games at racinos, and tax incentives. 

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