Sarah Fentem

Reporter

Sarah comes to WBAA from Bloomington, where she worked as a reporter and producer for NPR affiliate WFIU and its sister PBS station, WTIU while completing her master's degree at Indiana University. Her responsibilities at WBAA include pitching stories and project ideas, writing and producing dayturns and longer features, serving as an on-air host and newscaster and basically doing whatever her editor Stan tells her to do. She reports indiscriminately, but she has a soft spot for stories about agribusiness, city infrastructure, the environment and scientific research. 

Sarah's dream is to one day win an award for having the world's cleanest refrigerator. However, she is 100 percent more likely to win the "Most Likely To Wreck The Mood At A Karaoke Bar By Singing A Bummer Song By Bob Seeger And The Silver Bullet Band" award.

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Lafayette’s Loeb Stadium, the 75-year-old 3,500-seater in Columbian Park, is home to the Colt World series, American Legion baseball and Jefferson High School’s team. But when it comes to professional ball, things have never quite worked out for the ballpark.

As was announced this week, a consortium that owns several Midwestern collegiate teams is ready to try again.

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Lafayette city leaders made it official Tuesday: a summer league baseball team will call Columbian Park’s Loeb Stadium home, starting next summer.

The city has been in negotiations with Milwaukee-based sports marketing firm MKE Sports and Entertainment since spring, and this week inked a deal that leases the city’s stadium to the firm,  which will develop a new team to become part of the collegiate wooden-bat Prospect League.

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Last summer, a restless black bear wandered into northern Indiana, inciting a flurry of media coverage and even a parody twitter account.

The bear eventually returned to Michigan, but representatives from the Indiana DNR say in Indiana, when it comes to homesteading bears, it’s not a matter of if, but when they arrive.

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During the first quarter of Saturday’s Purdue-Bowling Green matchup, things didn’t look promising. Right out of the gate, the Falcons executed an uninterrupted 14-play drive that put the team up seven points just four minutes into the game.

However, Purdue answered back. Junior linebacker Andy Garcia recovered a fumble, beginning a drive that culminated with quarterback David Blough -- who'd taken over as the starter for the turnover-prone Austin Appleby - plunging into the end zone to tie the game.

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The Lafayette Police Department is hoping new initiatives to increase visibility and effectiveness in the community will help crack down on an increase in drug-related crime.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says the amount of drug-related crime has increased along with the statewide surge in heroin and methamphetamine use. As the police pointed out Thursday, hardly anyone robs a convenience store or commits fraud against their friends family in order to buy a family dinner.

International Society of Arboriculture

In a university town, September usually means one thing: college football. But there’s another sport at Purdue you probably won’t catch on the Big 10 Network. Every fall, arborists from across the country immerse themselves in the world of competitive tree climbing.

Yes, it’s an actual thing. The winner of Indiana’s championship gets a lot of aboriculture swag – a fancy water bottle and a handsaw is included in the prize package – and a chance to compete at the international tree climbing finals next spring.

Purdue Research Foundation

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to build a 40,000-square foot facility at Purdue. The company is the first tenant in the university research park’s newly-established Aerospace District.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive

Subaru of Indiana Automotive announced today the Lafayette plant will be increasing its workforce and production by nearly a third -- and adding 1,200 new jobs -- as part of its plan to increase its production output.

SIA is investing $140 million dollars to up production by nearly 100,000 thousand vehicles a year.  SIA currently produces about 300,000 cars each year.

The expansion will take place over the next two years, and most of the jobs will be on the production line.

SIA Vice President Tom Easterday expects the new hires will come from within Indiana:

Arne Duncan
Courtesy Purdue University

During his visit to Purdue Wednesday as part of his annual “Back to School” bus tour, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wove together the university’s recent initiatives with his own vision for education accessibility and affordability.

Duncan praised recent moves by the university and President Mitch Daniels such as instituting competency-based degrees, planning to open a charter school and offering a freeze on tuition.

State of Indiana / http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/

Indiana Attorney General and congressional candidate Greg Zoeller is worried about potential reverberations among America’s allies in the wake of the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran.

Senate Democrats blocked a resolution to reject the deal Thursday afternoon, solidifying the agreement between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern country.

Zoeller, who has not read the agreement in its entirety, says he knows members of Congress have access to information the general public doesn’t, and so declined on making a definitive statement on how he would have voted on the deal. 

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