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The cities of West Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Lafayette are among those in Indiana which have begun legislating to head off the effects of a bill giving sweeping new rights to cell phone companies.

The law, which Gov. Eric Holcomb has until Thursday to sign, allows so-called micro cell phone towers to be erected so cell phone signal strength doesn't wane as often.

West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson told his city's Board of Public Works Saturday that the technology is valuable, but that it has its share of problems.

Michael Conti

WBAA listeners know the music of BJ Liederman. BJ wrote the theme music for Morning Edition; Weekend Edition; Marketplace; Science Friday; Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!; and the Stump The Chumps theme from Car Talk! Liederman is a musician's musician. He's influenced by the Beatles, XTC, and his own vibrant personality. Backed by the Athens, Georgia-based Randall Bramblett Band, produced by Eric Sarafin a.k.a. Mixerman and featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, "BJ" is his debut album, and the culmination of three decades of writing and production. WBAA's John Clare spoke with BJ about this landmark release.

John Clare

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Please note that the Jazz on the Hill concert (Sunday, April 30 at 2:30pm) will now be at the Co-Rec Feature Gym, not Slayter Center. We have decided to move the concert to the Co-Rec Feature Gym due to rain.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, about the next Purdue Jazz Band performance, Sunday, April 30th at 2:30 pm at Slayter Center for the Performing Arts. Special guests include Chameleon!

One of the largest marches in recent history, the Women's March in January 2017 was an international event. Spanning two days, women, men, and children marched in all seven continents to support minority rights and equality. This week's feature is a collection of full-color photos, telling the stories of the individuals who were part of the movement. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has found himself up against some powerful competition recently.

He appears to have prevailed in a battle against the world’s largest company, Wal-Mart, in a battle over a road near the big box chain’s Crawfordsville location.

But he may also be up against several cell phone companies – and the lawmakers they appear to be bankrolling.

This week on WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, we quiz Mayor Barton about what he’s learned from his recent skirmishes. 

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Purdue University Trustees have announced the school plans to acquire the university wing of online educator and testing company Kaplan.

At a special meeting of the trustees Thursday morning, Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted the state’s brain drain – which he was unable to address as governor – continues, with one-in-three Hoosiers having no post-secondary education.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says they now expect to have power returned to customers on the near south side of Lafayette by 6 p.m. today.

Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Miles says a tree fell on power equipment near South 14th Street and Central Street.

“We do have crews that are working in that area to install a new pole and they’re working as quickly and as safely as they can,” she says.

Miles says because Duke has to replace equipment, it will take longer to fix than this morning’s original estimate.

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As the school year winds to a close, some top Purdue administrators have made plans to change jobs.

West Lafayette Provost Deba Dutta is on his way to New Jersey.

And, with IPFW set to become Purdue Fort Wayne, Chancellor Vicky Carwein is stepping down.

The people who take over those roles have some challenges ahead of them. The new Fort Wayne leader is going to have to reconstruct the campus. And the West Lafayette Provost’s office has faced persistent questions about whether it’s really committed to diversity.

TCMS

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlott, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and pianist Mary Heller about the next performance, 20th Anniversary Concert, Sunday, April 30th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Lafayette Children's Choir's Director Leeann Starkey about the next LCC concert, Saturday afternoon at 4 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

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