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Indiana collected about $4.3 million more than expected in taxes last month. The state has still brought in far fewer dollars than projected through the first five months of the fiscal year. November marks the first time this fiscal Indiana’s tax collections have met or exceeded projected levels. But despite November’s gains, the state’s collections are still off by $71 million for the year. And the state brought in $56 million fewer this November than it did a year ago—essentially erasing...

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is doubling down on its anti-Alzheimer’s disease efforts. Even though a high-profile Alzheimer’s drug failed its most recent trial, the pharma giant is still holding out hope the science behind the therapy can work. Solanezumab would have been a Prozac-style blockbuster for Lilly. Instead, a late-stage clinical trial found it didn’t work the way scientists hoped. Lilly hoped the drug, which targets sticky proteins in the brain called amyloids—would slow the...

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2016’s Statehood Day celebration looked a lot like those in years past: there was the choir singing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” an actor playing President Benjamin Harrison, and a student reading her winning submission from the annual essay contest. This time, it was Jillian Stemler of New Albany, for her entry “Bicentennial Travels.” “It was fun to celebrate Indiana’s birthday by traveling," Stemler says. "In the future, there might be a new state park to explore or maybe Indiana’s first...

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Despite objections from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners have voted to move ahead with trying to create a needle exchange program in the county. This week, on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Mayor Roswarski if there’s a way his community can fight both the spread of communicable disease and the rise in drug-related crime it’s seen in the past couple years.

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“Wintry Mix” is a week-long series of free lunchtime events and concerts by local performers at the Fountain Gallery . From Monday, December 12th to Friday, December 16th activities will take place from 12 to 1pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin , director of Purdue Galleries about the series.

Included in The New York Times top 10 books of the year, this week's feature explores one of the art world's greatest mysteries. It follows a bookseller that was obsessive over his chance purchase at an auction, which he firmly believed was a long-lost portrait by Diego Velazquez. The bookseller was chased by aristocrats accusing him of fraud, and the still-missing painting led to his eventual demise. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Biologists studying dung beetles at Indiana University have won an award celebrating a 3-D image illustrating their work. The researchers' winning picture displays the metamorphosis of an adolescent beetle’s nervous system. Three scientists were behind the colorful, award-winning image, which last month was declared a winner in the Federation for American Societies for Experimental Biology’s BioArt competition. Armin Moczek is one of the scientists behind the image. He says dung beetles are...

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Two opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with the Bach Chorale Singers and the Lafayette Children's Choir in sacred and secular music in this weekend at First Baptist Church. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Leann Starkey about the programs.

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The Indiana State Department of Health has announced the recipients of $13 million in grants aimed at stemming Indiana’s high infant mortality rate. The money comes from the departments Safety PIN grant program, which the state legislature created in 2015 as a response to the concerning trend. In, 2014, the state’s infant mortality rate was 7 per every 1000 births, compared with the national average of 5.8. IDSH Director of Maternal and Child Health Martha Allen says infant mortality—which...

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The Department of Child Services wants the legislature to help improve the process of reporting child abuse and neglect to the agency. Department of Child Services legislative director Parvonay Stover says state law requires anyone to report potential child abuse and neglect without delay. And she says the agency wants state law to help ensure that when it comes to schools’ internal policies. “That means employees should not be talking to the guidance counselor first before they make that...

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