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Indiana Senate Republicans rolled out their legislative agenda Tuesday.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, the caucus’ top priorities include a long-term road funding plan, replacing the ISTEP test and addressing vaping liquid regulations.

On road funding, Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says debate will center on the type and level of tax and fee increases necessary to cover current costs.

In education, the Senate GOP wants to replace the state’s ISTEP test, as does every other caucus.

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Global Matrix IV is a contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world. This year’s exhibit presents a total of 96 images by 73 artists from 15 countries around the world. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries about the series.

Whose Line Is It? How Improv Helps Children With Autism

Jan 9, 2017
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Improv theater has a few main rules, such as think quickly and work as a team.

Those lessons have taken improv out of the theater and into corporate trainings and classrooms. 

Now, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports, improv is being used to teach social skills to children who have autism.

For children with autism, socializing can be hard. Because it involves things like taking turns.

"And waiting is very very very hard for people with autism and anxiety," says Jann Graff.

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Tippecanoe County officials may be coalescing around the idea of using a mobile unit to house the county’s recently-approved syringe services program.

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The following school corporations are on a 2-hour delay:

Covington

MSD Warren County

Southeast Fountain

First Baptist Church

FBI Agents Raid Muncie City Hall

Jan 5, 2017
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Federal Bureau of Investigation agents spent three hours Thursday morning in Muncie, searching an office in City Hall. 

Agents searching the city’s Building Commissioner’s office were part of the Bureau's public corruption unit. 

Muncie city attorney Megan Quirk says city officials did not receive an official copy of the federal search warrant when agents arrived around 9:00 a.m., despite asking for the document. 

Quirk was given an envelope of documents when the FBI finished its search and left the building.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg To Run For DNC Chair

Jan 5, 2017
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended weeks of speculation when he announced in a video Thursday he’ll run for Democratic National Committee chair.

“Right now, as Democrats, we’re at our lowest level of national, state and local influence in nearly a century,” Buttigieg says in the announcement. “It’s time to make a new plan for our future.”

City of West Lafayette

It’s no secret the city of West Lafayette aims to look significantly different in the next few years.

The State Street redesign gets underway in earnest this year, with a major portion of the road set to close this summer. But what about the buildings along the road?

City leaders have approved several new mixed-use developments – some of them so tall they may need special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration before ground is broken.

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John Clare talks to Lafayette Ballet’s Director Sandra Peticolas about the ballet’s activities this season, including the Nutcracker!

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Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz was named the next state auditor by Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb Monday.

The newly appointed statewide officer was announced at a press conference in Fort Wayne.

Klutz was named Indiana’s next chief financial officer because of a vacancy left by the state’s current auditor. Suzanne Crouch, who currently holds the position, was named the next lieutenant governor.

Holcomb says he chose Klutz to replace Crouch because they have both worked to increase government transparency in their respective offices.

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