This week's book highlights the unique geography of these United States. He drives from coast to coast, noting different things about each part he goes through. Kaplan notes Purdue, among other universities in the modern Midwest and their impact on the Midwest. He talks about the Mormons culture, as he moves towards Utah and the West. He eventually makes it all the way to the naval base at San Diego, California. A beautiful cross country travel log by Robert D.Kaplan. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort has attracted some large employers in recent years, but still struggles to find college-educated employees to fill high-wage jobs.

So the city is taking a page out of the book of another Indiana municipality and offering grants to people who want to buy homes in the city.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about whether the city can find the cash to increase the grant amounts and whether the city budget should even be used in such a way, when there’s little cash to spare anyhow.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's guest soloists Lily Kostraba, violin and David Kim, cello performing in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The program includes Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 4, Shostakovich's Cello Concerto, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. There's more about the concert here.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Brahms 1 ”, features music from Brahms, John Williams, and the winners of the Keller Competition.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

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On Saturday mornings between May and October, a crowd converges on downtown Lafayette to visit the Lafayette Farmer's Market.

Though it doesn’t take them yet, it’s one of 75 markets in Indiana officially authorized to accept benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

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In this week’s elections in Tippecanoe County, Democrats fielded a candidate in just two of the seven countywide races. It’s the continuation of a trend of apathy from the party in recent years.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with the highest-ranking Democrat in the county – Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – about what that dearth of participation means for his party – especially in a year where Democrats were supposed to be energized.

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West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is one step closer to holding the highest law enforcement position in Tippecanoe County.

Dombkowski easily defeated incumbent Sheriff Barry Richard and Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John “Woody” Ricks Tuesday night, garnering almost 50-percent of the vote.

Dombkowski says he believes the specific issues he outlined in his campaign inspired residents to go to the polls.

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The Tippecanoe County Election Board Tuesday found a procedural way to release itself from investigating admittedly illegal cell phone use by Republican sheriff candidate Jason Dombkowski.

Dombkowski has paid the City of West Lafayette back for using his city-issued cell phone for duties not related to his job as police chief, but instead to his run for political office.

But despite that admission, Board chair Randy Vonderheide made it clear he considers the issue closed.

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Young voters could be the deciding factor in close political races across the country this year – if only they would show up to the polls.

Historically, voter turnout among those under 30 is low. That’s especially true for primary races.

Indiana has several congressional seats and a U.S. Senate seat on the ballot May 8, but it’s unlikely a large amount of young adults will cast a vote.

Most Young Voters Don’t Plan To Participate In Primary 

This week's book features a sleepy town, whose main interest is in the sport of hockey. A win at the junior  ice hockey championships seems like the only cure for this long forgotten town. Everything seems to be going right until a scandal sweeps the team. Accusations between one of the star players and a local girl spreads like wildfire. What will the town do?  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.