General News
10:40 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Consumer Agency Opposes $2 Billion Duke Energy Upgrades

Part of Duke Energy's plan includes an upgrade to "smart meters."
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The state agency that represents utility ratepayers is asking another state department to deny Duke Energy’s $1.9 billion proposal to upgrade its systems. 

Duke Energy’s seven-year plan aims to upgrade its electric grid that services more than 800,000 homes and businesses in Indiana. Before Duke Energy can implement it, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must approve the plan.

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General News
10:34 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Republican Legislators Say Focus Will Be On Education In New Session

Education will be a priority for Indiana's Republican legislators in their upcoming session.
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When House Republicans unveiled their legislative agenda last month, increasing public education funding was near the top of the list.

During his address at the swearing in ceremony for House members, Speaker Brian Bosma told lawmakers the GOP will support initiatives to ensure dollars are spent in the classroom.

“And the first is an effort to compensate teachers without the administrative middleman and the second is an effort to cut administrative costs,” he says.

Bosma notes that for every dollar the state spends on education, 43 cents is spent on administration.

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4:20 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Ag Sec. Vilsack: Purdue Extension Data Could Help Fight Child Poverty

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (right) sits with Purdue President Mitch Daniels following Vilsack's two-day visit to the campus.
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has wrapped up a two-day visit to Purdue.

He says a mountain of data the school has collected on rural communities, many of them agrarian in nature, may help the government better target solutions to problems such as child poverty.

“The ability of Purdue to help us identify the common characteristics of counties and regions where child poverty is high is going to give us the ability to focus government resources more effectively at trying to address that issue,” Vilsack says.

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1:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Student Section Provides Important Boost For Purdue's Volleyball Team

The Block Party celebrates an ace during the Purdue Volleyball team's recent sweep of Northwestern.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / WBAA News

The Purdue volleyball team plays its final home match of the season tomorrow night at 7 against Rutgers.

The Boilermakers are ranked 16th in the nation with a record of 21-7.

Hundreds of students show up to every home match.

Known as the Block Party, many consider the enthusiastic student section to be the Boilermakers' secret weapon.

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Elections & Politics
1:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Clark Decides Against Run For Mayor Of Indianapolis


Former State Senator Murray Clark has ruled out a run for mayor of Indianapolis next year.

Clark says he got out of town after Greg Ballard‘s announcement he wouldn‘t seek reelection to discuss a possible campaign with his wife. He says he basically decided against it then, and finalized the decision after returning last week.

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