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3:22 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor says he wants to see as many competitive races in next year's election as possible -- even if it means he has a challenger.
Credit City of Frankfort

It’s no secret that Indiana winters are tough on roadways.

But consider the city of Frankfort’s streets, which Mayor Chris McBarnes has said are an embarrassment to the city – can they survive another winter without additional financial support? And just where might that large windfall come from?

Mayor McBarnes has announced he’s running for re-election next year, but is the Frankfort he’s running to helm for another four years the same one he started with?

Also, what, if anything, can the city do to fix the failing grades of a number of schools in the community?

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Business
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Large Crops Not Translating To Large Bankrolls For Farmers

It makes sense that large harvests should lead to large payouts -- but not this year.
Credit David Wright / https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhwright/14934151279

The truck traffic at Kokomo Grain Company is constant.

"We will process between 400 and 500 trucks a day in the 12-14 hour day at this facility," says Senior Grain Merchandiser Mike Silver.

He says all of the truckloads of corn and soybeans can add up to 750,000 bushels per day. Trucks dump the grain quickly, but a long line soon snakes around the Kokomo Grain’s entrance.

Indiana and several other Midwestern states are poised to break records with this year’s yields, so the grain elevators here are already halfway full.

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Sports
9:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Mistakes Down The Stretch Doom Boilermakers

Purdue senior forward Liza Clemons goes up for a shot vs Green Bay. The Boilers lost 81-78 in double overtime.
Credit Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News / http://wbaa.org/

“Green Bay outplayed us, outhustled us, and they wanted it more.”

That was the assessment of Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp following tonight’s 81-78 double overtime loss to Green Bay at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked  Boilermakers missed 7 of their last 9 free throws down the stretch, including one at the end of the first overtime that would have given them a 72-71 win.

Senior forward Whitney Bays had a double-double for the Boilers with 18 points and 18 rebounds, but she characterized her play as “horrible” overall.

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Education
3:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Indiana Superintendents Meet With President Obama On Tech

The school district leaders say technology allows students to reach beyond the classroom to learn.
Credit Brad Flickinger / https://www.flickr.com/photos/56155476@N08/5326220288

Eight Indiana school superintendents are meeting with President Obama to spotlight the ways they‘ve incorporated technology into the classroom.

The superintendents are among 117 nationwide invited to a White House summit to compare notes on how they‘ve used computers and other devices to make teaching more effective.

Yorktown Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says her district is using software in areas from teaching kindergarteners to read to advanced-placement chemistry.

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Education
1:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: India And At-Risk Pay

Purdue's president says he'd like more students to intern in countries with radically different cultures.
Credit Purdue University

Purdue’s President is teaching a class for the first time this semester. But recently, it was he who got a grade – an 88%, about a B+ -- from the university’s board of trustees for the metrics which affect his merit pay.

On this month’s conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask if his grade was fair and how he evaluates his own performance.

We also chat about India – it’s a huge market and one Purdue already has connections to through its student base and some of its top administrators. But not that many American students intern there.

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