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Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, in Tippecanoe County are learning to identify youths who are at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims. They’re also learning how to talk about the issue when red flags appear.

County CASA Executive Director Coleen Connor says human trafficking may not yet be a significant problem, locally. But she wants to prepare the volunteers for what’s likely to come in the future.

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Within a month of each other, two downtown Lafayette farm-to-table restaurants have announced they’re closing for good.

But experts and chefs alike warn against making too much of the coincidence.

Restauration, a downtown Lafayette restaurant that opened in 2015, was a dream years in the making for owner and chef Kirsten Serrano.  She and her husband, Paco, already had a steady business running La Scala on the courthouse square, but Kirsten wanted to try something new: A farm-to-tale concept that used only local, whole foods and could cater to people with food allergies.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Guest Director Todd Craven, trumpeter Eli Trout and Sam Craig, bass soloist in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at Jefferson High School.

Book Review: Lit Up

Feb 17, 2017

David Denby, acclaimed writer for The New Yorker, sat in classrooms for an entire academic year to see if literature was really dead with the Millennial youth. He read the books and poems that were assigned, and witnessed the students discuss each piece. What he discovered was that the passion for reading still can be ignited - with the help of great teachers and great literature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

City of Frankfort

Immigrants comprise a significant portion of Frankfort’s population – between a fifth and a quarter, according to the most recent census.

So on this “Day Without Immigrants,” is the city seeing an impact made by protests against the Donald Trump administration – and, by extension, against Mayor Chris McBarnes, who supported Trump in his election bid and said on WBAA that he thought his Latino constituents should vote for the real estate mogul?


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Purdue University's Division of Music presents pianist Matt Bengtson this Sunday afternoon. The program will include a world premiere by Allen McCullough, and music by Ravel, Albeniz, and William Bolcom. Music Director John Clare spoke with Bengston about the concert.

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Update: A Tip Line has been setup to receive  information regarding the deaths of Liberty German and Abigail Williams. Police ask anyone with information to call 844-459-5786.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department says two bodies found Tuesday belong to a pair of girls who went missing over the weekend.

Abigail Williams, 13, and Liberty German, 14, both of Delphi, had been dropped off to play near a bridge in the West Central Indiana county.

Their deaths are now being treated as murders.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Update 2/20/17: Adam Bodony will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Bands beginning fall 2017. Bodony will serve as the director of the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras and oversee the department’s Applied Music program.

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Cabaret, the musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff is coming up at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. John Clare spoke with Amy Lynn Budd about the Purdue Theater production opening Friday, February 17th.

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Just days after a federal judge shut down a $54 billion merger between health insurers Anthem and Cigna on anti-competitive grounds, a Valentine’s Day move by Connecticut’s Cigna seeks to dump the Indianapolis-based company once and for all.

 

Cigna officials announced Tuesday they had sued Anthem in a Delaware court seeking a judge’s affirmation that the company had lawfully ducked out of the merger agreement, and that Anthem couldn’t extend the merger’s expiration date.

 

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