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11:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Grants Help Nonprofits Improve Their Effectiveness

The Indiana Youth Institute is offering grants to help nonprofit groups that serve children improve their effectiveness.
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In a boost for children's programs, more than a dozen Indiana nonprofits have the chance to enhance their practices and serve more residents around the state.

The "Capacity Building Coaching" grant is being offered by the Indiana Youth Institute, which consulting program manager Carolyn Langan says is an opportunity to help organizations overcome some of their basic day-to-day challenges.

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General News
5:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Future Of Americus Quarry In Question After Commissioners Approve Ordinance

Dozens of members of the Americus Area Community Coalition show their support for an ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given final approval to an ordinance that bans a new quarry if 100 residences are within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The move puts the future of a proposed limestone quarry near Americus in question.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda reports.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ethics Committee Could Settle With Bennett Over Possible Campaign Violations

Tony Bennett was accused of campaigning for reelection during his office hours as state superintendent.
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An ethics committee investigating charges against former state school superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement

The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012. 

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General News
4:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

BMV Commissioner Asks State Supreme Court To Stay Vanity Plate Ruling

Plates like this one have been approved, but others -- like one saying "0INK" -- were rejected.
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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will ask the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court order to restart the state‘s personalized license plate program.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis says a notice of appeal will ask the justices to overturn the May ruling of Marion County Superior Court Judge James Osborn. Osborn’s ruling says the BMV violated the First Amendment rights of some of those whose personalized plates had been denied.

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General News
1:10 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Commissioners Approve Ordinance Designed To Stop Americus Quarry

Dozens of members of the Americus Area Community Coalition show their support for an ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas.
Credit Kristin Malavenda / http://wbaa.org/

Tippecanoe County Commissioners have given final approval to an ordinance that bans a new quarry if 100 or more residences are within a two-mile radius of the proposed operation.

The move puts the future of a proposed limestone quarry near Americus in question.

More than 100 members of the public attended a public hearing at this morning’s Commissioners meeting.

Five spoke out against the ordinance that establishes a buffer zone between quarries and residential areas. All were associated with Rogers Group— the company seeking to establish the quarry.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Rokita Says Tone Of Town Hall Meetings Is Changing

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) addresses a crowd in downtown Lafayette.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) visited Lafayette Friday for the latest in his "Congress On Your Corner’"series of town hall meetings.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski caught up with the congressman after the talk to ask about the tone of the discussion and about whether his likely re-election in November changes the way he speaks to constituents.

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General News
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Veterans Group Warns Of Unexpected Fireworks Effect On Those With PTSD

This photo has helped the campaign get its message out about how unexpected explosions may affect veterans.
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Well in advance of Independence Day, fireworks were going off in many Indiana neighborhoods. And that can pose a big problem for some military veterans.

Now there's a campaign that’s trying to change that  with photos, signs, and a little help from the internet.

The post has gained over a million “Likes” this week on Facebook: a man with a yard sign that reads “Combat Veteran Lives Here -- Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.”

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Thu July 3, 2014

WBAA Arts Spotlight: Purdue Convocations

Jan Simon talks to Todd Wetzel, Director of Purdue Convocations about the organization’s mission and activities, including a preview of the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

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General News
6:29 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hoosiers Encouraged To Display Old Glory, But Do It Properly

As Hoosiers celebrate the 4th of July, they are being reminded to properly display the "Stars and Stripes."
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As Hoosiers honor the country this Fourth of July, they're being encouraged to follow proper flag etiquette when flying "Old Glory."

Mike Buss, a deputy director with the American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, says the American flag represents the nation's freedom and should be honored by all citizens, regardless of their political views.

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Election & Politics
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tippecanoe County Democrats Fill Some Spots On The November Ballot, Leave Others Open

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Tippecanoe County Democrats have slated six candidates for the November General Election.

At their caucus June 28th, Democrats slated Judge Tom Busch for Circuit Court Judge, Eric Grossman for county assessor, Ashley Smith for Fairfield Township Board, Larry Funk for Lauramie Township Board, Michael Childress for Wea Township Board, and Michael Oxenrider for Wabash Township Board.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with party chair Heather Maddox about how the candidates were chosen…and why the party historically has had difficulty filling all the spots on the ballot.

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