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Tippecanoe County officials hope to start an addiction recovery program focusing on treating individuals while they’re in jail.

Inmates whose case is pending would apply to participate, then spend at least 90 days in a quarantined area where they’d receive intensive therapy, according to Dearborn County officials – who say their own such program has been a success.

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More than three hundred students protested at West Lafayette High School today as part of the National School Walkout. Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School. Student organizers conceived and planned the event, and adults stayed on the sidelines to do one thing: listen.

Purdue Theater presents Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Clybourne Park through this Saturday. WBAA's John Clare spoke with two cast members, Brianna Lewings and Carly Christensen about their research, and what it means today.

This week we have two books. April, celebrates National Poetry month, and it is only right for us to talk about not one, but two poetry books. The first book features a little troublesome boy and the mischievous things that he is up to. To contrast that, we have a book of poems written by Suleyman, a very important and loved sultan in the 16th century Ottoman empire. Even though it is a translation, it is still interesting to compare and contrast it with the children's book.  West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

As development along Interstate 65 becomes a topic in Clinton County elections this year, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes finds himself between a highway and a hard place.

On the one hand, he had to forego his plan to annex land from the city limits out to I-65. On the other, he watched county officials begin to develop land near the State Road 28 interchange and now hears county commissioner candidates ask his city to extend its utilities westward to serve those new investments.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, about the next performance, Palermo Piano Trio, Sunday, April 22nd at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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The vacated building on the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue is on track to be replaced with apartments and a popular retail store.

The space – which now bears only a gutted neon sign of the bar it once housed and faded artwork featuring shadowy figures – has long been an eyesore, says West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson.

Purdue University

Purdue University’s trustees have extended President Mitch Daniels’ contract – but for how long is uncertain.

Starting in the 2021 fiscal year, Daniels will be on a year-to-year deal, with his compensation slated to stay at 2020 levels.

That includes a $300,000 “retention bonus” for each year he stays president.

Trustee Sonny Beck proposed the idea of continuing to increase Daniels’ annual bonus -- he’s currently in the third year of a five-year deal that will net him an extra $1 million in salary.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Lafayette Children's Choir's Director Leeann Starkey about the next LCC concert, Peace on Earth...and Lots of Little Crickets, Saturday afternoon at 4 at the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

 

If you’ve ever tried to make a call at a busy sporting event, you know how jammed up the cell phone network can get. Now, imagine having that problem if you’re a first responder, trying to get in contact during an emergency.

A nationwide cellular network aims to solve that problem.

One tragic event in particular led responders to realize they needed better communication tools.

Responders lacked communication during 9/11 events

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