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Why This Indiana School District Is Going Completely Solar

Dec 12, 2016
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Earlier this year, people across Indiana got word energy prices were going up - leading school districts to scramble to budget for the increase.

But, as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports, the news led one rural district in the heart of central Indiana to a unique solution – become one of the state’s first completely solar powered school systems.

Sheridan Community Schools has taken a unique approach to managing energy costs. It's now one of the state’s first completely solar powered school systems.

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The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents Holiday Brass Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm in St. John's Church. Bruce Knepper and Kyle Knepper, trumpet; Jason Ausban, horn; Bill Kisinger, trombone; and Jay Gephart, tuba will play sacred and secular songs. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Margot Marlatt and Jay Gephart about the concert.

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Indiana collected about $4.3 million more than expected in taxes last month. The state has still brought in far fewer dollars than projected through the first five months of the fiscal year.

November marks the first time this fiscal Indiana’s tax collections have met or exceeded projected levels. But despite November’s gains, the state’s collections are still off by $71 million  for the year. And the state brought in $56 million fewer this November than it did a year ago—essentially erasing October’s year-over-year growth.  

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly is doubling down on its anti-Alzheimer’s disease efforts. Even though a high-profile Alzheimer’s drug failed its most recent trial, the pharma giant is still holding out hope the science behind the therapy can work.

Solanezumab would have been a Prozac-style blockbuster for Lilly. Instead, a late-stage clinical trial found it didn’t work the way scientists hoped.

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2016’s Statehood Day celebration looked a lot like those in years past: there was the choir singing “Back Home Again in Indiana,” an actor playing President Benjamin Harrison, and a student reading her winning submission from the annual essay contest.

This time, it was Jillian Stemler of New Albany, for her entry “Bicentennial Travels.”

“It was fun to celebrate Indiana’s birthday by traveling," Stemler says. "In the future, there might be a new state park to explore or maybe Indiana’s first female governor – me.”

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Despite objections from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners have voted to move ahead with trying to create a needle exchange program in the county. This week, on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Mayor Roswarski if there’s a way his community can fight both the spread of communicable disease and the rise in drug-related crime it’s seen in the past couple years.

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“Wintry Mix” is a week-long series of free lunchtime events and concerts by local performers at the Fountain Gallery. From Monday, December 12th to Friday,  December 16th activities will take place from 12 to 1pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries about the series.

Included in The New York Times top 10 books of the year, this week's feature explores one of the art world's greatest mysteries. It follows a bookseller that was obsessive over his chance purchase at an auction, which he firmly believed was a long-lost portrait by Diego Velazquez. The bookseller was chased by aristocrats accusing him of fraud, and the still-missing painting led to his eventual demise. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Biologists studying dung beetles at Indiana University have won an award celebrating a 3-D image illustrating their work.

The researchers' winning picture displays the metamorphosis of an adolescent beetle’s nervous system.

Three scientists were behind the colorful, award-winning image, which last month was declared a winner in the Federation for American Societies for Experimental Biology’s BioArt competition.

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Two opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with the Bach Chorale Singers and the Lafayette Children's Choir in sacred and secular music in this weekend at First Baptist Church. WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Leann Starkey about the programs.

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