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11:09 am
Mon August 18, 2014

As New School Year Begins, Teachers Cope With Education Changes

Teachers around the state are trying to adjust to new standards and anticipate the unknown assessment students will take this spring.
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When the final bell rings at the end of a school year, students have a lot to celebrate: two months of uninterrupted swimming, biking, ice cream trucks and of course, freedom from school and homework.

But for Indiana teachers, this summer wasn’t much of a break, and many still had their minds stuck in the classroom.

It’s July and Tami Geltmaker, an administrator in the Crawford County School Corporation, joins dozens of other school administrators from southern Indiana for a professional development session focused on the new standards.

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General News
10:15 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Report Details The Plight Of Indiana's Food Insecure

A new study shows 260,000 Hoosiers in central and southeast Indiana receive emergency food each year through Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
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Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Feeding America say the hunger issue has hit the crisis level in Indiana.

More than 260,000 Hoosiers including 97,000 children in Central and Southeastern Indiana receive emergency food each year through Gleaners.

That‘s according to their joint report released today.

Gleaners CEO Cindy Hubert says that more than one third of their clients must choose between food and other necessities like rent, utilities and medical care every month.

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General News
10:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Indiana's First Female Chief Justice To Be Sworn In Today

Former Tippecanoe County judge Loretta Rush will be sworn in today as the first female chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.
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New Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be sworn in today, two weeks after her selection as the state's first female chief justice.

The former Tippecanoe County judge was appointed to the high court by former Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012.

Rush will replace current Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Governor Mike Pence will administer the oath of office to Rush at the court's Statehouse law library.

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General News
9:58 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Business Tax Commission Won't Meet Until Mid-September

Indiana Statehouse
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A legislative study committee charged with taking an in-depth look at Indiana’s business tax climate won’t meet for the first time until mid-September. 

That’s fueling concerns among some that the commission won’t be more than a superficial examination of the issue.

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General News
5:56 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Purdue Research Aims To Give Dogs The Best Start In Life

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A two-year project at Purdue aims to ensure dogs get the best start in life.

The director of the university's Center for Animal Welfare Science, Dr. Candace Croney, talks about the effort to develop nationwide animal care standards for the commercial breeding and raising of dogs.

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General News
1:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski
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Some questions from this week's show:

There have been several armed robberies in the city this month. Is this just an anomaly or should residents be concerned about a rise of these types of crimes in Lafayette?

Since the last time you were here, it seems the future of the Amtrak line from Indy to Chicago has become more uncertain. What are your thoughts?

Has there been an increase in the homeless population in Lafayette? If so, why?

Are you happy with the development of businesses downtown?

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Sports
6:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Theologian And Coach's Wife Talks 'Touchdowns For Jesus' In New Book

Among other topics, the book touches on how sports interact with religion and what expectations are placed on a coach's wife.
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It’s no secret many sports fans have an almost religious affiliation with their teams. But when does the interaction between faith and big-time sports run into trouble?

That’s the subject of Marcia Mount Shoop’s new book, Touchdowns For Jesus And Other Signs of Apocalypse.

She’s a theologian and the wife of the Purdue football team’s offensive coordinator.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski visited a Purdue football practice recently to chat with her about the book.

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Business
3:36 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Local Booksellers Unhappy About Purdue-Amazon Partnership

A pair of philosophy textbooks inside University Bookstore, which sits across the street from the Purdue Union -- future site of an Amazon storefront.
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At least one West Lafayette textbook retailer says he’s not happy with Wednesday’s announcement of an agreement between Purdue University and Amazon.com.

Tom Frey runs University Bookstore, which sits across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union, but isn’t the school’s official textbook retailer. In the spring, Amazon will open a physical storefront in the Union.

Frey says it’s the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between the internet company and the National Association of College Stores, of which he’s a member.

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General News
11:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Indiana July Tax Collections Lower Than Expected

Indiana Statehouse
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Indiana is beginning the new fiscal year with tax revenues below projected levels, weighed down by poor performance from corporate tax collections. 

The state struggled through much of the 2014 fiscal year that ended in June, coming in below expectations most of the year before finishing strong. 

But Indiana’s momentum stalled to begin the 2015 fiscal year, with tax collections in July a little more than five million dollars less than expected. 

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General News
9:34 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Report: Too Many Young Athletes “Taking One For The Team”

A new report finds a staggering number of young athletes hide their injuries or feel pressured to play while hurt.
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As young athletes are taking to the field, track and turf in Indiana for the beginning of fall sports, a new survey finds a growing number will likely face an injury during the season.

According to the research from Safe Kids Worldwide, an alarming number of young people are injured as a result of aggressive play, hiding injuries to stay in the game and parents who pressure coaches to keep them on the field.

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