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This Friday, the Bach Chorale Singers are celebrating Indiana's Bicentennial with the "delovely" music of Cole Porter: "though he died over fifty years ago, this Peru, IN native continues to delight and inspire." Guest director Eric Van Cleave says, "As one of Indiana's favorite sons, you'll grow to love him even more through this concert!" WBAA's John Clare spoke with Eric about the concert Cole Porter and Friends.

Courtesy Indiana Senate Republicans

Today on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, we talk to State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) about her six-year effort to convince Indiana lawmakers to mandate cursive writing be taught in Hoosier schools.

This year, the General Assembly didn't approve Leising's long-sought after mandate.

But it did support her compromise plan requiring the Indiana Department of Education to ask teachers, school administrators and school board members whether they want mandatory instruction of cursive writing.

Ed Asner 4/30 Preview

Apr 25, 2017
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This Sunday, Ed Asner performs at the Long Center. A one man play that is based on a true-life experience, "A Man and His Prostate" is an unlikely comedy about a visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Asner about the performance.

Residents of the Town of Otterbein are under a water boil advisory for the next two to three days due to a water main break.

The water main broke around 10:30 a.m. Monday during the installment of a new water hydrant and caused water in the whole town to be shut off, according to Deputy Clerk of Otterbein Betsy Jones.

“They couldn’t isolate just that section so that’s why the whole town had to be shut off,” Jones says.

Otterbein Elementary School was released just after noon Monday due to the water shutoff.

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April, this week's features showcase two collections of prose by female authors. Carrie Newcomer, a beloved singer-songwriter based in Indiana, released an insider-look into her writing process and inspirations in A Permeable Life. And Lynn Emmanuel, a prominent poet, has collected pieces from her other collections and formed The Nerve of It. ​West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort is touting its ranking as the 50th safest city in Indiana.

But how do the calculations from the National Council for Home Safety and Security line up with the city's own data which showed a 12 percent increase in overall drug violation arrests and a 47 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2016?

Also, can the city's focus on downtown revitalization projects, such as a new public open space alongside the proposed Nickel Plate Flats apartments, stimulate needed improvements in other neighborhoods?

Three Die In Heroin-Suspected Overdoses In Vigo County

Apr 20, 2017
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Police suspect three Vigo County deaths could be the result of laced heroin. Authorities now say officers need to carry more of the overdose intervention drug naloxone.

Police say four people in Vigo County overdosed just this week and three of the overdoses were fatal. Officers started carrying one dose of naloxone in February of this year. Now some are carrying up to three doses. 

Sgt. Stephen Lockard with the Vigo County Drug Task Force says even that may not be enough. 

March For Science Lafayette

The focus of today's WBAA Wake-Up Call is on the increasing number of rallies and demonstrations organized by local people who want to shine a light on a particular issue.

The question is, do these public events simply provide a short-term forum, or do the gatherings inspire individuals to transform their behaviors, take action, and work for change in government and social policy?

Amy Austin, of West Lafayette, is spearheading the March for Science from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. 

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The season finale of the Purdue University orchestras is this weekend! The Purdue Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra are performing Sunday afternoon. Joining the groups is guest conductor Dan Whisler, Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, and Conductor of the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Indianapolis. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Adam Bodony about the showcase.

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A law signed last week by President Donald Trump allows states the ability to block federal funding for organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

However, thanks to a state law that prohibits state funding of abortion providers, public health leaders say so-called Title X funding in Indiana is largely safe from any state legislative attacks.

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