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4:42 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Tony Bennett To Pay $5,000 For Ethics Violations

His lawyer says Bennett was on vacation Thursday, so he couldn't appear to accept his penalty in person.
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The State Ethics Commission today approved a settlement regarding former state superintendent Tony Bennett’s unethical practice of using state resources during his 2012 re-election campaign.

When Bennett adjusted the A-F grading formula for 2012 grades, more than 160 schools received higher grades, including Christel House Academy, which is run by a Republican donor.

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General News
2:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.
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Some questions from this week's show:

Wednesday, the state said it wouldn’t honor the same-sex marriages performed last month. What’s the city’s position on that question?

You and John Dennis have advocated the creation of a single-entry agency which could help address homeless issues in Tippecanoe County. Where might you find the money that would be needed to pay for running such a thing? What do you think it’ll cost?

Does the city plan to change its fireworks ordinance to change the number of days (or the hours during the day) it's legal to fire them off?

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General News
1:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Transportation Panel Lists Top Priorities

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A blue ribbon panel Governor Mike Pence assembled to study Indiana’s future transportation needs has identified four top priorities for the state’s road construction projects.

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General News
1:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Indiana State Fair To Serve Alcohol For First Time In More Than Six Decades

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About 40 Indiana craft brewers and wineries will be the first to serve alcohol at the State Fair in nearly 70 years.

The fair began accepting applications for the new wine and beer garden in the fairgrounds‘ Grand Hall last month, three months after legislators lifted a longstanding ban on alcohol at the fair.

Spokesman Andy Klotz says the fair received interest from all across the state in occupying the newly-authorized wine and beer garden in the fairgrounds‘ Grand Hall.

He says the lineup will vary from day to day.

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General News
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Tippecanoe County Coroner Discusses Increase In Deaths, Future Of Her Budget

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Earlier this week, the Tippecanoe County Coroner requested, and received, and additional $80,000 for her budget.

WBAA’s Kristin Malavenda spoke with Donna Avolt about the problems she says are contributing to the increase in deaths in the county and whether the corresponding increase in the budget is a trend that will continue.

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Government
2:50 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Won't Recognize Gay Marriages Issued Last Month

Hundreds of marriages have been invalidated -- at least temporarily -- but there is one union that will be recognized.
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Indiana will not recognize same sex marriages performed between a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban and an appeals court order halting that decision. 

Federal judge Richard Young ruled Indiana’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional in an order handed down late last month.  Two days later, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of that ruling, halting its effects. 

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General News
10:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Indiana State Museum Looking For Artifacts That Represent The State's Jewish History

Indiana State Museum
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The Indiana State Museum is looking for items related to the experience of Indiana‘s Jewish community. Senior vice president Susannah Koerber says the museum is in search of objects from everyday Jewish life, from sports equipment to items families brought along when they first came to America.

"They could be objects other immigrant families brought with them that maybe helped them link their original home and their new home," says Keorber. "Things that people used as part of their everyday activities."

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General News
9:55 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Purdue Replacing Bleachers At Ross-Ade With South End Zone Patio

Bleachers in the south end zone of Ross-Ade Stadium are temporarily being replaced by a patio area.
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Purdue University will sell more beer and wine at football games this fall, but only in one section of Ross-Ade Stadium.   The bleachers have been removed from the south end of the stadium, and while permanent plans are still being drawn up, the area will feature the South End Zone Patio this season.

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Science
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Video Games Could Identify, Train Better Vet Surgeons

A student participating in the study plays an archery game requiring the same sorts of dexterity and coordination used in laparoscopic surgery.
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Video games have long been known to improve hand-eye coordination. Now, a Purdue study shows that may be of particular use to veterinary surgeons.

The research suggests video games may be better tools than the so-called “box trainers” vets currently use to learn laparoscopic surgery.

A box trainer is usually made from PVC pipe that's covered by a cloth to hide what's inside (usually rings which students are told to put on posts). The catch is that has to be done using two arms with mechanical fingers on the end.

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General News
1:07 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Coroner Says Increased Caseload Prompted Request For More Money

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The Tippecanoe County Council has appropriated an additional $80,000 for the Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Donna Avolt says they have already spent more than $78,000 on autopsies this year, compared to roughly $64,000 for all of last year.

She says she doesn’t expect the caseload to ease up at all.

Avolt says this has been a rough year, with numerous drug-related deaths, fatal fires, and a homicide.

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