General News
1:37 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

Mayor McBarnes says as many as 20 landlords could soon be told their properties are slated for demolition if they aren't rehabbed.
Credit Courtesy City of Frankfort

A push by Frankfort’s mayor could help bring down blighted buildings in the city – but it might also force the people currently living in them to find a new home.

Chris McBarnes, speaking on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” says letters will soon go out to as many as 20 landlords whose properties have been deemed unsafe by the city.

If those landlords don’t agree to a plan to refurbish them, the city may raze the property and evict any tenants. McBarnes says the city can’t do much more for those evicted than put them in touch with Frankfort’s landlord association, though.

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5:44 am
Wed July 16, 2014

South Bend Council Rejects Smoking Ban After Businesses Object

The ordinance's author turned out to be the deciding vote against, not for, the measure.
Credit Raul Lieberwirth /

A smoking ban has been rejected by South Bend‘s Common Council.

The bill would have gone a step further than the state‘s ban by prohibiting smoking in bars and private clubs. The vote was 5 to 4.

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General News
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

As Archery Popularity Spikes, Indiana Inventor Finds His Target Audience

Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Sales of archery equipment have spiked in the last couple years – especially among fans of movie heroes wielding bows and arrows. That archery craze has helped bolster sales for a small Indiana company that builds its business around people shooting each other. It's a game that’s sort of like dodgeball and paintball meeting The Hunger Games.

One of the first things I did when I went to see Archery Tag played was get shot with an arrow. At close range. By someone who shoots arrows for a living.

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4:53 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Small Business Caucus of IN lawmakers gathering input

State lawmakers from the Lafayette area have a better idea of problems facing small business owners.

They held a town hall meeting Thursday to get input on issues entrepreneurs are facing and feedback on current laws and regulations. Several business owners say the unemployment insurance system is stacked against them.

Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) says she’s realized the same thing with the small business she and her husband run.

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7:53 am
Thu July 18, 2013

IN "Company to Watch" list includes one from Lafayette

A Lafayette based cyber security research and software firm is on the state’s “Company to Watch” list.

Emerging Threats is about three-years old, but the company has existed under another name since 2003. It sells threat intelligence for the online community.

CEO Ken Gramley says making it onto the list acknowledges the company’s hard work.

“It’s certainly an honor that helps show that we are on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the state and we’re proud to be there.”

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3:22 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Greater Lafayette Commerce partnering with U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy may soon get some of its equipment from companies in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Crane Division and Greater Lafayette Commerce have agreed to collaborate on the effort. GLC will facilitate connections between the Navy and technology producers in the area.

Brian Blackwell is director of engagement for the Center in southern Indiana. He says the Navy could get such things as sensors and radio transmitters from Greater Lafayette, but it won’t stop there.

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7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series

Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the featured speaker for the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with author and The Economist correspondent Vijay Vaitheeswaran about his new book "Need, Speed, and Greed," and his upcoming lecture for Purdue Libraries.

An award-winning correspondent for The Economist magazine and book author who writes about trends that will shape the future of business and technology and how to get away from the world's addiction to fossil fuels will speak Oct. 18 as part of the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series.

4:29 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Chinese delegation to visit IN, Lafayette area

Indiana will host a delegation of Chinese officials from the country’s ministry of commerce. The group will make stops in Indianapolis, Columbus, French Lick and the Lafayette area.

Purdue and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation are sponsoring the trip. Mark Van Fleet is the university’s executive director of global business engagement. He says Chinese executives often ask the officials making the trip to recommend good places for them to set up shop in the United States.

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5:02 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Grant money pledged to revitalize downtown Crawfordsville

Crawfordsville’s Main Street Program hopes to strengthen businesses downtown and lure more to set-up shop.

The organization received a  grant of $8,975 from the Montgomery County Community Foundation to do that.

Main Street President Jon Dantzig says the series of presentations and panel discussions were developed based on feedback from downtown business owners.

"Some weren't even members of Main Street at the time, but said if this is the type of thing the program would be doing, they'd join, because they see it as direct benefit to themselves."

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Election & Politics
3:50 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Gregg pushes corporate income tax plan

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg wants to eliminate the corporate income tax for Indiana businesses. He plans to make up the lost revenue by collecting taxes from online retailers.   

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