DNR Proposes Allowing Trapping, Hunting Bobcats

Mar 16, 2018
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The Department of Natural Resources is proposing to change several fish and wildlife policies, but one in particular is causing heated controversy.

The organization wants to allow the hunting and trapping of bobcats, a species considered endangered in the state until 2005.

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Animal control workers could be required to euthanize certain nuisance animals under proposed changes from the Department of Natural Resources.

The fish and wildlife policy change would require workers to kill raccoons, coyotes, and opossums.

Mike Meservy, owner of Advanced Pest Control, has been doing animal control work for 14 years. He says many residents use his service because he traps and relocates most animals. He also questions the morality of such a policy. 

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort recently received half-a-million dollars in donations for a park that Mayor Chris McBarnes hopes will revitalize downtown and bring new, long-term investment to the area.

But some detractors at a recent meeting say it’s as though the mayor is trying to buy a new car at a steep price when he could have fixed up the existing vehicle – the city’s other parks that some see as run-down – for far less money.

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6:20 p.m. update:

Purdue President Mitch Daniels has released the following statement regarding Sumire Negishi’s death:

“Purdue University and the world have lost a dear friend in the death of Sumire Negishi. Throughout a lifetime of love and loyalty, she supported her husband in a career of tremendous contributions to science and to the teaching and training of subsequent generations of top scientists.

We're for sure you're going to love this new release! 

Pianist Lara Downes celebrates Leonard Bernstein with her new album For Lenny that includes "special friends and family tribute to the man behind the music." Lara has quite a diverse group of artists: beatboxer and Pentatonix member Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, folk/roots singer Rhiannon Giddens, baritone Thomas Hampson, and clarinetist Javier Morales-Martinez.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Downes about the new release, and how she put together the music and the musicians.

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This story starts with a meeting Purdue Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Bill Sullivan called with a man named Tim Werth.

“When I sat down with Tim, the first thing he did after introducing himself was to say ‘I want to tell you something about my background,'" Sullivan says.

It related to Werth’s time at a now-defunct company called Adelphia Communications.

“Before I even asked, Tim offered up: ‘I have this issue and I want to tell you about it and it’s going to stick with me for life and that’s the cross I have to bear,’” Sullivan says.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a final version of legislation to help schools improve their safety.

The agreed-upon language delivers a $5 million funding request made by Gov. Eric Holcomb for the state’s school safety grants. That money goes toward equipment and school building safety upgrades.

State Estimates Fewer Hours For New Standardized Test

Mar 12, 2018

The standardized test that will replace Indiana's ISTEP will take students significantly less time to complete, according to estimates from the Indiana Department of Education.

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It’s been about six months since the Trump administration declared a nation-wide public health emergency due to the opioid crisis, but many are wondering what’s changed.

Trump says federal leaders will roll out a policy plan in the next few weeks, and local advocates hope to see less talk, and more action. ​

‘Keep doing the good work’

In Indiana, 42 percent of women say they have experienced some form of violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.  New data captures some of the challenges of prosecuting domestic violence cases.

The report from the Domestic Violence Network focuses on cases filed in Marion County. Executive director Kelly McBride says the data assessment is valuable.