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FBI Searches Another Muncie City Department Property

May 18, 2017
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Muncie officials say the city is cooperating with an FBI investigation that searched a Muncie Sanitary District property Thursday morning.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler says the city had not been told why the property on Kilgore Avenue across from the former BorgWarner factory is being searched. 

Tyler says the city was only informed of the search from media reports, when reporters from The Star Press newspaper were told to leave the property being searched.

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Purdue Aviation has entered a deal with a regional commercial airline to start training pilots.

Students in the PSA Airlines Cadet Program would spend a year taking classes and accruing hours of flight time through Purdue Aviation, which is separate from Purdue University’s teaching core. At the end of the program, pilots would receive certifications.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra,  about the next performance, The Present of the Past, Saturday, May 2oth at 7:30pm at the Long Center in Lafayette.

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The Frankfort Police Department has reintroduced a mobile alert system in hopes of reaching more residents more quickly.

Police chief Troy Bacon says the department used the technology – called Nixle – before, but it was dropped when the force moved to a centralized dispatch system.

Bacon says through Nixle, the police force can send out alerts, and residents can send in tips.

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A potential challenger to U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Lafayette) held a vigil in Lafayette Tuesday night to decry the House's passage of the American Healthcare Act.

Democratic 4th District candidate Sherry Shipley gathered with Greater Lafayette residents to hear concerns about the proposed replacement for Obamacare.

Many attendees spoke out about what they feel was a lack of representation from incumbent Rokita as the bill was crafted.

Shipley says both diversity and medical professionals are missing from the conversation in Washington.

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Environmental group leaders spoke Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s proposed cut in EPA funding. They highlighted the EPA’s role in hazardous waste removal.

The Trump administration proposes reducing EPA funding in 2018 by 31 percent – the largest proposed cut of any Cabinet departments or major agency.

Indra Frank, policy director at the Hoosier Environmental Council, spoke Tuesday in front of the Williamson industrial site in downtown Indianapolis. The building was abandoned one year ago, full of leftover toxic waste.

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Federal legislation aimed at increasing mental health care access for law enforcement officers is one step closer to passage.

The bipartisan bill – authored by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Todd Young (R-IN) – cleared the U.S. Senate with a unanimous vote.

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Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton says the country should be alarmed by reports President Trump shared classified information about an ISIS plot with Russian officials.

Purdue University

Faculty members are poring over past academic records to investigate whether grade inflation occurs at Purdue.

Agriculture professor Levon Esters says the investigation came at the urging of Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Esters says besides GPA records, the investigative committee has to consider other factors that could be affecting grades – such as Purdue’s changing approach to student academic services, or increased parent involvement.

John Clare

Purdue University Galleries has opened two new exhibits: BIJIN, KABUKI, & SUMO, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints from Purdue University Galleries' collections; and 50/300: Art Inspired by the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, celebrating the 50th annual Feast and the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kvam, Fountain Gallery Coordinator at Purdue Galleries about the shows.

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