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The 12th Annual Art On The Wabash takes place this Sunday at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette and WBAA will be there! This juried fair features work from artists in a 15 county area and is presented by the City of West Lafayette. John Clare has this preview with artists Gail Johnston and Laura Ricks.

This week's feature highlights stories of Black Americans and beautiful African artwork from The Zamora Collection. Pieced together in full color side-by-side, the words and pictures gracefully depict the culture, experiences, and emotions of those Americans with African roots. Author Joe Barry Carroll will be visiting the West Lafayette Public Library on Sunday, September 24. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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For the third time in two years, a Frankfort police officer has left his post due to bad behavior off the clock. That’s an amount equal to an entire shift of patrolmen under the current scheme. So is it time for stronger words and actions from department leadership?

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Purdue Theater opens its new season with “The Mousetrap,” written by Agatha Christie and directed by Richard Stockton Rand. The play is the longest-running play in London history, and tells the story of a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm - one of them is a murderer! WBAA's John Clare spoke to Rand about the production.

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Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.

Purdue University

Another round of flyers posted by a racist group at Purdue University has called free speech rights on campus into question.

Supporters of the white supremacist group placed posters at several universities as part of a higher education-targeted campaign, and Purdue officials are once again condemning the speech they say doesn’t uphold university values.

President Mitch Daniels says Purdue’s notoriety may have made the West Lafayette campus a target.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has returned from the state’s economic development trip to Japan, where he visited with executives of two long-time Montgomery County employers.

Barton says city officials have begun trying to get other prospective Japanese investors with whom the mayor had contact to travel to Indiana.

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In recent years, several Indiana cities have made sports-related investments as a way of trying to lure athletic tourism dollars.

Now that Lafayette is building a softball park and a new Loeb Stadium, is it the latest municipality to try that tactic?

That’s one of the questions we pose this week to Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

The elegant and various styles of Chinese dim sum can be difficult to navigate, but this week's feature demystifies the tea-time eating experience. With beautiful black-and-white drawings covering over 70 varieties of dim sum, author Carolyn Phillips gives anyone the ability to choose new and exciting bites from their favorite Chinese restaurant. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Purdue is set to receive almost $20 million from the National Science Foundation to run a research center studying what its leaders are calling “bridge fuels” – in other words, fuel made from gas that's trapped in underground rock. It's extracted through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The researchers say it’ll be needed to satisfy the country’s demand for oil until renewable resources like wind and solar become dominant in the future.

But there was no mention of the “f-word” – fracking -- during a public celebration of the grant or in any of the promotional materials concerning it.

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