Less than two months after they were wounded in the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman took center stage at the Noblesville Fourth of July Parade.

Whistler and Seaman served as the parade Grand Marshals.

Community members lined the parade route and gave the two a standing ovation.

WBAA Screenshots

The race to represent West Lafayette in the Indiana House of Representatives began to heat up last week after the incumbent tweeted a personal attack at her opponent. But the challenger in the race insists she’s not worrying about it.

After the announcement that Democrat Chris Campbell was running for the Indiana House seat, Republican incumbent Sally Siegrist questioned Campbell’s involvement in the community on Twitter. The tweet has since been deleted.

Jae Lee / WBAA News

In the last few years, Purdue has spent significant time and resources on trying to improve its recognizability in the global defense industry. The school now has its own defense research institute, but it was recently informed it did not win a bid to run the nuclear weapons-researching Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This month on WBAA’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we ask whether the bid was designed as a profile-raising exercise as much as anything else.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The city of Crawfordsville recently celebrated the return of the Montgomery County Courthouse Clock Tower after 70 years – you can see it well down US-231, but local leaders say it’s more than just a physical marker.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re talking visibility.

More Emergency Responders In Indiana Relying On Drones

Jun 25, 2018
Barbara Brosher / WFIU/WTIU News


An increasing number of Indiana police and fire departments are using drone technology to help navigate emergency situations. It’s part of a growing national trend.

According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased more than 80 percent in the past year.

Their success has other industries looking to drones for solutions.

Drones Cheaper, Faster Than Planes In Emergencies

Book Review: Renee

Jun 22, 2018


"Renee" is a suspenseful sci-fi novel about a woman who travels 1,000 years into the future. The books author, Jessica Eise, is a Ross Fellow in the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication doctoral program. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes about downtown revitalization. Frankfort is struggling to fill agribusiness and manufacturing jobs, so the city is trying to improve life outside of work, and focusing on parks and apartments to build a larger employee pool.

This weekend the 46th Annual Indiana Fiddler's Gathering gets underway. Jazz host John Zimbrick spoke with jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein about his sets on Saturday.

Innova Records

Dolce Suono Trio and guest artist Lucy Shelton have really done it! American Canvas is picture perfect: beauty, composition, and playing! It features music by Jenifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Andrea Clearfield, and Zhou Tian that is inspired by art (Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and Jackson Pollock); the natural world (Canadian Rockies) literature (Spanish medieval hero El Cid); and the past (a companion piece to Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire).

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

For Indiana cities, having a good relationship with railroad companies can help generate a lot of business. But trains can also clog cities, making drivers wait at blocked road crossings. Mayors have begun to fight freight railroads, who they say have too much power and not enough accountability.