General News

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

A major flood warning is in effect for the area around the Oakdale Dam, just south of Monticello, where heavy rain has flooded the Tippecanoe River.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers spent Wednesday morning out on boats, helping residents to evacuate. Several mobile homes along the water are submerged, and houses downstream flooded.

Conservation officer Dan Dulin says many residents opt to wait out the floods, but he’s concerned about more rain expected later this week.

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A completed review of the monetary misdeeds of a former Frankfort Parks Department chief includes an allegation he sold animals from a city petting zoo without prior authorization.

Joel Tatum was fired from his job late last year after city officials found thousands of dollars strewn about, with much of it stuffed into coffee cans in Tatum’s office.

Sunday alcohol carryout sales would become legal even earlier than expected under a legislative change made in a House committee Wednesday.

If passed, legislation to legalize Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 8 p.m. would have taken effect July 1, like most new laws. But Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor, says he’d rather see it take effect as soon as the governor signs it into law.

More than 12,000 people attended a moderated conversation with former First Lady Michelle Obama in Indianapolis Tuesday night.

The conversation covered a range of topics – from her roots in a supportive environment in Chicago to the potential positive impacts of diversity and civic action.

The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana hosted the event and provided 500 free tickets to women and girls who might not have been able to attend. Obama gave advice to young woman facing adversity.

The Lone Hoosier At The Winter Olympics

Feb 13, 2018
Ryan Sparrow


Olympic athlete Nick Goepper has a taller task than most winter Olympians. He will not only be representing the United States, but he is the sole Hoosier competing at the winter games.  But Goepper doesn’t give himself time to think about that while he waits for his chance to bring home the glory by staying busy as often as he can.

Indiana tax revenues surged ahead of the state’s revised, more pessimistic expectations in January. Yet seven months into the current fiscal year, total collections are still below target for the state budget approved last year by lawmakers.

Legislation to ensure ballots are counted even if the voters who cast them die won’t advance in the House.

The bill – which easily cleared the Senate – would require absentee ballots to be counted if the person who cast the ballot dies before Election Day.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Every year, during the last ten days in January, a federally-mandated survey of the homeless population takes place across the country. It’s called the point in time count, and it’s a way to establish the number of homeless people in a given area on one night. Tippecanoe County officials do their count a little differently than most, though. The count also serves as their chance to make a connection.

It’s 5:30 a.m on January 25. It’s dark, and it’s cold, and Kurt Harker is searching for someone. But he’s got a plan for where to look next. 

House Unanimously Votes To Legalize CBD

Jan 30, 2018

Cannabidiol, or CBD, would become legal for anyone in the state of Indiana under legislation unanimously approved by the full House.

There are several bills dealing with the issue this session, in both chambers. The measure approved Tuesday takes the simplest approach.

New Police Mental Health Awareness Law Celebrated

Jan 30, 2018

A Lebanon police officer will join U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Taylor Nielsen helped inspire a new law that grows mental health resources for officers. After responding to a 2016 murder of a mother and her young son, Nielsen displayed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“And then I was diagnosed with PTSD in July and that following October is when I attempted to take my own life,” says Nielsen.