John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge
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The City of Lafayette has been struggling to reopen the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge for the last two months, but has been thwarted by uncooperative weather, structural issues and delivery problems.

Now, it can add sub-par workmanship to that list. Sloppily-made railings for the bridge arrived two weeks ago, and it was immediately apparent they couldn’t be installed until they were repaired, pushing the opening date to mid-October at the earliest.

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State education and legal officials are looking into a potential problem with the law that mandates schools receive annual A-through-F accountability grades.

The law that mandates the state gives schools A-F grades each year has been around since 1999, but the law has been tweaked several times over the last few years, as policy changes around standards and testing arose.

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The National Guard has helped a Lafayette family reunite with their daughter who was killed in a car crash over the weekend.

Aubree Kramer had enlisted with the guard just days before a vehicle in which she was riding crossed the center line of a Florida highway, killing the 19-year old.

An online fundraising campaign and donations from the Lafayette hot dog stand where she’d worked have helped to raise money for Kramer’s funeral. The Guard paid for her body to be flown back to Indiana to be buried.

State To Expand Rural Health Care Classes

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Indiana will soon get help from a federal grant to help train more rural doctors.

A program from the Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network will include classes at Ivy Tech campuses aimed at teaching doctors how to overcome challenges unique to medicine practiced outside an urban environment.

Indiana Rural Health Association Executive Director Don Kelso says the program is similar to one that’s teaching information technology to Ivy Tech students.

A survey of 30 participating hospitals showed there wasn’t enough training available for rural doctors in Indiana.

City of West Lafayette

The I-65 kerfuffle has caused many Greater Lafayette residents to think more about traffic lately – what causes it to back up, what makes it dangerous and what might make it flow more smoothly.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we let West Lafayette’s John Dennis have a crack at solving the problems brought about by infrastructure that’s uncoordinated in some places and failing in others.

Also this week: A look at Mayor Dennis’ third term in office, which is assured in November’s election. Is there a sore spot he still wants to address?

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Leaders of an effort to repatriate an endangered salamander to Indiana's Blue River say they're ready for the next step -- attempting to make the state's waterways habitable to the animals once again. 

While area conservationists' educational materials frequently paint the hellbender as a cute, smiling cartoon amphibian, the real deal is less adorable but arguably more intriguing.

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Legislation Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) authored – and a companion bill sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) – would create a federal task force to combat drug abuse. 

Brooks says it would marshal the efforts of several federal agencies to help identify best practices -- including ways to reduce the over-prescribing of medication.

“80-percent of the heroin users in the country start out as prescription drug users,” Brooks says.

Indiana is one of only 13 states that prescribes more than 100 painkiller prescriptions per every hundred citizens. 

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Purdue University investment officials say they’re waiting for an upswing in world stock markets to help offset some huge losses in recent weeks.

As world financial markets have been racked with instability recently, Purdue acting Chief Investment Officer Scott Seidle estimates the school’s holdings have shed 2-to-3-percent of their value. With an estimated $2.4 billion under management, that means Purdue’s wealth has declined about $60-70 million in the last few weeks.

Jan Simon talks with Steve Koehler, Managing Director of Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette, who previews the upcoming season and offers a look at the theater’s learning opportunities for children.

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When most of us start a new job, we don’t typically buy hundreds of dollars’ worth of office supplies for our colleagues and ourselves. In fact, most of us would be outraged if that were expected.

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