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Craft beer now makes up a quarter of the beer market in the U.S., which means brewers are eager for ways to stand out. For some, that means buying hops locally -- even in Indiana.

It's encouraging more and more upstart Hoosier growers to invest long-term in the trendy crop.

Steve Howe is one of them. His Crown Point backyard doubles as Howe Farms. Past a pen of piglets and fluffy Scottish Highland cows, Howe is growing a tiny forest of hops.

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Representatives from business, hospitality, agriculture and construction industries are calling on Congress to reform the nation’s immigration system, and those groups want to bolster that call by highlighting contributions made by immigrants to Indiana.

Immigrants living in Indiana earned more than $8 billion in 2014 and paid more than $2 billion in taxes, according to a report released by the Reason for Reform Campaign, which works to underscore immigrants’ contributions to the economy.

Zika Not The Only Concern For Rio-Bound Hoosiers

Aug 3, 2016
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Hoosiers traveling to Rio for the Olympics should be aware of more than just one mosquito-borne illness. 

Two summers ago, seven Hoosiers contracted the chikungunya virus while traveling in Caribbean. Now some experts are pointing to the viral infection as another concern ahead of the Olympics.

Chikungunya can be confused with Zika because many of the symptoms are the same, but there is one difference, said Max Jacobo Moreno-Madrinan, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science at IUPUI’s Fairbanks School of Public Health.

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Some West Lafayette parks and recreation staff members drew a lot of stares and questions last week as they documented every city park and trail.

That’s because it’s tough to ignore city Trail Manager Nick Rawles driving an ATV while wearing the Google Trekker - a camera covered orb mounted atop a space-age looking shoulder harness.

Rawles, and Parks Director Jon Munn, learned how to operate the contraption to record every inch of trail and points of interest at every park.

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WBAA’s John Clare talks with Erin Easter and Mark Molter, organizing members of the Uptown Jazz And Blues Festival in Lafayette. They’ll discuss this year's musical acts, what you can expect to eat and drink, and how it has grown over the last 11 years.

The Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival is Lafayette’s last summer festival of the year. There is "cool jazz, smoking hot blues, and the smell of barbecue" as festival goers meet at the Historic Fifth Street Market District.

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The city of West Lafayette has hired a new development director to oversee the business investment the city will rely on to pay back the cost of its State Street overhaul.

Erik Carlson replaces Chandler Poole, who sat on the Joint Board that drew up the State Street redesign, but who left the city earlier this year to move back to his home state of Wisconsin.

Carlson has worked in economic development in Indianapolis and before that in Lexington, Kentucky, where he covered the beat as a reporter.

Central Indiana Glass & Glazing

Lafayette, one of the first cities in Indiana to write protections for sexual orientation into its human relations ordinance, is one vote away from adding gender identity to the law, which protects residents from discrimination in employment, business and housing situations.

The vote during Monday evening's city council meeting was unanimously in favor of expanding the ordinance, even though public commenters at City Hall, who numbered more than a dozen, were far less unified in their opinions.

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Access to Lafayette’s Columbian Park at South Street will significantly change next year in an effort to make the three-way intersection with Park Avenue and Scott Street safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Assistant city engineer Bob Foley says Scott Street will be closed permanently at South Street, eliminating the awkward angled junction with South just a few feet west of Park Avenue.

“It creates confusion with two roads intercepting at such a diagonal in such proximity to each other,” he says.

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It's fair season in Indiana. This means lots of 4-H activities happening around the state -- but they might not be the ones you're picturing.

Maddie Gearld and Haylee Drake are two stars of the Clay County 4-H robotics team. At this year's county fair, they showed a 3-D balsa wood frame they built from scratch.

It uses water and air pumped through syringes to make a wooden clamp lift a block onto a platform.

Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly will have a new CEO in January.

Lilly's retiring chief, John Lechleiter, led the company to new prosperity during his eight-year tenure.

 

His replacement, David Ricks, will have the challenge of keeping that going, according to experts like Indiana University corporate leadership professor Ken Wendeln.

 

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