Stan Jastrzebski

News Director

Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member stations WFSU in Tallahassee, Fla. and WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis. 

Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Indiana Broadcasters Association. 

He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions.

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Indiana officials are investigating dozens of cases of identity theft and tax fraud perpetrated against doctors in the state. Since March, the Indiana State Medical Association has warned doctors their identities may have been compromised – prompting a flood of calls from physicians.

Spokeswoman Adele Lash says it’s unclear how the fraud may have started, but says billing statements are not necessarily the problem because they don’t contain information that’s sensitive enough.

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Though it’s unclear whether Purdue will get any federal funding from the deal, President Mitch Daniels inked an agreement with the U.S. Navy Thursday to jointly research energy projects.

Daniels was joined in West Lafayette by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who touted his branch of the military as a historical leader in energy initiatives – pointing out Navy ships have transitioned from wind to coal to oil to nuclear power in 238 years on the seas.

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A section of the Purdue campus was cordoned off for about two hours Wednesday morning as police disposed of a suspicious package found near Stewart Center and the Purdue Union. Purdue Police Chief John Cox says an x-ray by a bomb disposal robot showed a number of suspicious materials inside the package’s wrapping.

"Some different pieces -- there was a flashlight in there, some batteries," Cox says. "There was a high-vis belt, some other things like that. It looked like pieces of equipment that had been wrapped up to look like a device."

Tippecanoe County Council

Following a trend that extended to several Indiana statehouse races, a pair of incumbent Tippecanoe County leaders were stopped in their bids for re-election Tuesday.

County Councilman Jeffrey Kemper (R-3rd) was bested by former Tippecanoe County councilwoman Kathy Vernon, but the margin was slim. Vernon polled just 36 more votes than Kemper in a race where more than 3200 ballots were cast -- a margin of less than 1-percent.

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Here is a list of some of the contested races in Tuesday's primary election (party affiliations in parentheses). All winners are nominated to represent their party in November's general election. Full results are available at the county's website.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff (R)
Barry Richard 6008
Dave Heath     5583

Tippecanoe County Council Dist. 3 (R)
Kathy Vernon 1660
Jeffrey Kemper 1624

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10:00 p.m. Tuesday update:

With a majority of the vote counted, WBAA is projecting Democrat John Dale will be his party's nominee to challenge incumbent Congressman Todd Rokita in the November general election.

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Even before the first case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, turned up in Indiana last week, a Purdue team was trying to thwart the disease. Biology professor Andy Mesecar has been studying MERS for about a year. That’s on top of a decade trying to kill a fatal disease which caused a worldwide panic a decade ago.

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels took time Thursday to honor two men who helped evacuate residents from an off-campus apartment that was totaled by fire earlier this month.

Daniels gave the school’s “One Brick Higher” award to sophomore ROTC cadet Greg Cohen and to 28-year employee Kevin Thedans.

Both helped rescue people from the blaze, which took the life of 22-year-old Cody Day.

Daniels says he talked with both men in the days leading up to the ceremony, and neither sought praise.

Join WBAA, AM920, public radio from Purdue, for a one-hour special public affairs presentation "A Conversation with Our Astronauts," at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday (April 22) on AM 920 and www.wbaa.org. The highly anticipated forum was recorded April 12th at Elliott Hall of music and hosted by Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.

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