General News

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Indiana is the round barn capital of the world, with more than 200 built between 1874 and the mid-1930s. The style became popular because it required less lumber and could therefore take less time and money to build.

But, fewer than half of the state’s round barns remain standing. The dwindling number has some calling for action.


Round Barns Become Well-Known Landmarks Along U.S. 31

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick called for more accountability on charter schools and private schools using taxpayer-funded vouchers during a forum Saturday.

The first-term Republican schools chief says her department is “pushing back” against the state’s free-market style of school choice that lawmakers began approving in 2009. McCormick wants all schools receiving tax dollars to face the same academic and financial scrutiny as traditional public schools.

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Pregnant women with opioid addiction often face obstacles in managing their treatment, including finding a doctor and battling with insurance paperwork. At a vulnerable time, they often stumble and relapse because of these problems.

While treatment for the disease is relatively straightforward, the communication between insurers and providers can be riddled with clerical errors and prone to delays.

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Construction of Lafayette’s new softball complex is set to begin this fall and city officials hope to complete it by next spring.

The park will have four fields outfitted with lighting, scoreboards and a sound system – plus a concession stand and press box. It’s designed to centralize the city’s softball teams. Previously, games have been split between two other sites. 

Lafayette Girls Softball League President Matt Teal says the area needs more space for youth softball – last season, the League held more than 160 games.

Sen. Donnelly Launches Re-Election Campaign

Aug 21, 2017

Sen. Joe Donnelly has made veterans issues a cornerstone of his first Senate term. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) launched his re-election campaign this weekend. His visit Sunday to a veterans headquarters in Indianapolis was the start of a six-day RV trip around the state.

'Drive for our Lives' makes stop in South Bend

Aug 15, 2017
Ben Wikler, with the organization MoveOn, talks to a crowd at the Old Court House in South Bend. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and community health care advocates shared stories about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
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A black RV wrapped with the slogan “Drive for Our Lives” parked outside of the Old Courthouse in South Bend. People gathered to hear stories about the importance of health care in the community and what advocates say is at stake if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced.

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It took just two years for Lafayette's Prospect League baseball team to win a title.

The team defeated Pennsylvania’s Butler BlueSox Sunday evening 12-0, thanks in part to a couple Indiana college players.

Purdue University’s Evan Kennedy – one of only a couple players to be an Aviator in both 2016 and 2017 -- hit a two-run home run early in the game that eventually proved the decisive blow.

Guilty Plea in Falsified Mental Evaluation Case

Aug 8, 2017
AJ Casey / WNIN

On August 2nd last year, Fink crashed his car into a tree outside Bloomington while on his way to testify in the Loving case.  ISP detective Stacy Brown was the first officer on the scene. Fink told Detective Brown that he crashed his car while trying to commit suicide. He had falsified mental evaluations and feared his crime would be discovered.

Wildlife in Need

The animal rights advocacy organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is threatening to sue a southern Indiana wildlife center.

PETA says it will sue Wildlife in Need, located near Louisville in Charlestown, Indiana, and its owner Timothy Stark unless the organization agrees to move its big cats to other sanctuaries.

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The Lafayette Police Department is asking residents to bring unwanted drugs and needles to them, instead of flushing them down the toilet or giving them away.

The LPD is hosting a ‘drug takeback’ event this weekend in an effort to keep substances like unused opioids off the streets and out of the water – but it’s not primarily addressed at the types of drugs Lafayette is having the most trouble policing, such as heroin.

Sgt. Matt Gard says even if a person brings illicit drugs or a prescription that isn’t theirs, they should feel safe to let the police dispose of it.