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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has returned from the state’s economic development trip to Japan, where he visited with executives of two long-time Montgomery County employers.

Barton says city officials have begun trying to get other prospective Japanese investors with whom the mayor had contact to travel to Indiana.

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In recent years, several Indiana cities have made sports-related investments as a way of trying to lure athletic tourism dollars.

Now that Lafayette is building a softball park and a new Loeb Stadium, is it the latest municipality to try that tactic?

That’s one of the questions we pose this week to Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

The elegant and various styles of Chinese dim sum can be difficult to navigate, but this week's feature demystifies the tea-time eating experience. With beautiful black-and-white drawings covering over 70 varieties of dim sum, author Carolyn Phillips gives anyone the ability to choose new and exciting bites from their favorite Chinese restaurant. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Purdue is set to receive almost $20 million from the National Science Foundation to run a research center studying what its leaders are calling “bridge fuels” – in other words, fuel made from gas that's trapped in underground rock. It's extracted through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The researchers say it’ll be needed to satisfy the country’s demand for oil until renewable resources like wind and solar become dominant in the future.

But there was no mention of the “f-word” – fracking -- during a public celebration of the grant or in any of the promotional materials concerning it.

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The fall 2017 Black Cultural Center theme is “Gumbo in the Big Easy.” Throughout this semester the BCC hosts events which highlight the intersections of history and culture, to aid understanding in why "New Orleans is often described by scholars of the African diaspora as the most African city in the United States." WBAA's John Clare spoke with Chef Kevin Belton about his upcoming visit to Purdue.

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The city of West Lafayette has canceled its plan to block off State Street and Northwestern Avenue after blowback from local businesses.

After the announcement of the closure, dozens of State Street business owners signed a petition to stop the closures that would’ve taken place on Purdue’s homecoming game day.

The owners, including John von Erdmannsdorff of Von’s Shops, say it would’ve made customers avoid the area.

He says it would be plausible for a special outdoor event like a festival, but not for Purdue’s homecoming football game.

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The Tippecanoe County Council will consider adding positions to the Public Defender’s office to counter rising costs in the county’s juvenile court.

To deal with an influx of cases over the past few years, the juvenile court has hired local lawyers to represent clients. When all local attorneys had been tapped, Judge Faith Graham says the court went to surrounding counties.

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The Purdue University Senate is taking additional actions to scrutinize the school’s decision to purchase online educator Kaplan University.

At the Senate’s first meeting of the academic year Monday, members announced creation of a special committee to serve as a fact-finding body about the deal and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Frank Dooley took almost 20 minutes of questions about the agreement.

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An Indiana Court of Appeals decision on rules surrounding gender changes in legal documents could make transitioning more private – and arguably much safer – for transgender Hoosiers.

This week's feature delves into the complicated, sometimes violent, often beautiful life of author Sherman Alexie's mother. After her passing, Alexie revisits his tumultuous childhood, highlighting the strange but loving relationship he and his mother had. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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