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12:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: April 17

We ask if colleges can use their academic backgrounds to provide useful data to sports leagues -- who might pay for it.
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We close out the first season of Off The Field With Morgan Burke today and as we do so, we take a look ahead.

Changes are coming to two of Purdue’s stadiums. Change may also be coming to how fans get to and from Purdue sporting events.

And if the campus hopes to change how diverse it is, could athletics lead the way?

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General News
12:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Happy Hollow Construction To Cause Traffic Headaches

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West Lafayette drivers who use Happy Hollow Road on a regular basis might want to find an alternate route starting next week.

Public Works Director Dave Buck says the road’s reconstruction project includes new utility lines, curbs and gutters, as well as a new pedestrian trail.

He says beginning Monday, Happy Hollow will be closed between River Road and Catherwood Drive to replace a culvert.

Buck says when that phase is done near the end of June, crews will be closing the busy intersection of Happy Hollow and River Road.

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Education
11:26 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Study: No Academic Difference For Voucher Students

A new report finds statistical differences in academic outcomes for Indiana students using school vouchers versus their public school counterparts.
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New research has added fuel to one of the most heated debates on Indiana’s education scene- the validity of the state’s voucher program.

Indiana has one of the biggest school voucher programs in the country, with close to 30,000 participants receiving public funds to attend private schools.

But according to a report released Thursday from the bipartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago, there’s no statistical evidence that students using those vouchers see any better academic outcomes than their peers in public schools.

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General News
10:44 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Questions Linger About The Departure Of Pence's Communications Director

Credit State of Indiana

Governor Pence‘s communications director has resigned weeks after the controversy over the state‘s religious freedom law.

But Christy Denault says her decision to leave is to spend more time with her family, and not because of the RFRA backlash.

She says she wants to spend more time with her 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old triplet sons.

Josh Boyd is an associate professor in Purdue’s Brian Lamb School of Communication.

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General News
9:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Common Construction Wage Repeal On Its Way To Pence’s Desk

A construction worker paints the ceiling of the Wildermuth Intramural Center at Indiana University in Bloomington.
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Legislation eliminating Indiana’s common construction wage is one step away from becoming law after the House Thursday sent the controversial bill to the governor’s desk.

Debate over the future of the state’s minimum wage for workers on public construction projects is almost over.

The House version of the common wage repeal bill was simple: it just eliminated the common construction wage.  But as Rep. Jerry Torr, R-Carmel, notes, the Senate made significant additions to the bill in response to a specific concern.

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