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When we spoke last month with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton on Ask The Mayor, we parsed a proposed ordinance cracking down on bad behavior by landlords.

But in the intervening month, a WBAA investigation has uncovered even more fraud than the mayor or county officials appear to be aware of.

Also on this week’s program, nearly half of all Montgomery County voters chose the straight-ticket voting option at the polls in this year’s general election.

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Like many other places around the country, Purdue played host to protests in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

These were peaceful demonstrations which ended with supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shaking hands after airing their feelings.

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One of every five of the 38 compliance officer positions at the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or IOSHA, are currently vacant, and its staffing issues could be contributing to the agency’s struggles with meeting its enforcement goals.

A federal audit insinuates staffing problems are behind what it calls the agency’s “consistently poor performance” in many crucial areas.

Indiana is one of 22 states with its own OSHA plan, and thus is subject to an annual audit from federal OSHA, called the Federal Annual Monitoring and Evalution, or FAME, report.

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After Dave Buck resigned from his job as West Lafayette city engineer and public works director in September, he went to work for private engineering firm Butler Fairman & Seufert – a company that’s done a significant amount of business with the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. 

The move raises the question of whether Buck’s new position creates an advantage for his new employer or either city. 

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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted Monday to endorse a plan to establish a syringe exchange and services program aimed at reducing the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

But Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski vented his frustrations after the vote.

One by one, doctors, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, church leaders and a captain from the Fort Wayne police department stepped to the podium to tell the commissioners why Tippecanoe County should create a syringe services program.

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Governor-elect Eric Holcomb has chosen Earl Goode as his administration’s chief of staff.

Holcomb says filling the chief of staff position is the most important decision he’ll make as governor-elect.

And he says Goode’s perspective on past accomplishments will help the team to move forward. 

“He brings with him unequaled qualifications, both in the private sector and in the public arena, having already served as a Chief of Staff to former Governor Mitch Daniels," Holcomb says. "His experience, his intellect, his insights will prove invaluable.”

The police report that serves as the basis for sexual assault allegations against four Purdue football players shows the interaction started with electronic messages sent by the women making the claims.

Two female Purdue students allege four football players engaged in unwanted sexual activity with them at an off-campus house in October.

But their interaction began with the women sending explicit messages to at least one of the players, including on Snapchat, a social media app where content disappears once it’s been viewed.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

More than 110,000 Hoosiers suffer from some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. 

There's currently a growing trend to use more personalized therapy options for patients.

In Indianapolis, a handful of Butler University students work with residents who have Alzheimer's and dementia at an assisted living facility.

They are crafting a personalized therapeutic tool – a music playlist.

Ninety-one-year-old Bessie Mays talks about growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Many writers have come and gone through Indiana, and the state itself claims both natives to the state as well as adopted Hoosiers born elsewhere. This week's feature is an anthology of Hoosier writers throughout time, commemorated for the bicentennial anniversary of the state. Writers highlighted in this book include Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Marianne Boruch, and Dan Wakefield, among many others. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

The city of Frankfort long ago identified State Road 28 as an area of concern.

The state department of transportation gave the road a topcoat of asphalt not long ago, but didn’t fix the underlying problems, pushing them off until 2019.

Now the city is trying to plan for that construction, but should it be worried the state will again kick the can down the pothole-laden road? We put that to Chris McBarnes on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

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