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Senator Joe Donnelly is emphasizing the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that not only provides help to the agriculture community but also helps reduce the deficit.
The 2008 farm bill expired in January, though Congress quickly extended it to October. A five-year farm bill passed the U-S Senate Agriculture Committee last week and Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s hoping it will hit the Senate floor soon.
A Purdue expert says the tornado that hit Oklahoma this week may be especially frightening for children because of the destruction to schools and the number of children who died.
Purdue Professor Emeritus of Child Development Judith Myers-Walls says kids are limited in their ability to understand causality and probability, so it's likely their fears will be raised by news stories.
She says having a storm action plan in place can help alleviate stress.
Some new animals are coming to Lafayette’s Columbian Park thanks to the Mayor’s Youth Council. The ten animals are concrete statues that line the tracks of the train ride.
City Clerk Cindy Murray says the teens were responding to a challenge to liven up the area.
“We had them painted. We tried to keep to the same color scheme the park already has with the rides. We have a pink zebra with black stripes and green giraffe with yellow dots,” she says. “We also have three benches. One is a caterpillar and butterfly on one end. We have a giraffe bench.”
Tippecanoe County officials are considering the possibility of employee raises in the next budget.
Auditor Jennifer Weston provided the commissioners with cost estimates in increments of 1% with each percent representing $577,529. That includes wages, Social Security and the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF).
Weston says PERF is increasing more than usual.
“It’s been increasing anywhere from a quarter to a half percent lately, and it’s going up 1.2% (next year),” she says. “Yeah, that’s going to be a big hit for us.”
Lafayette leaders are increasing efforts to recycle more.
Last year, the city saved more than $180,000 by recycling and not hauling trash to the landfill. Mayor Tony Roswarski says while that’s good, more can be done.
“We’re going to try a pilot program here, hopefully towards the end of the year if the money all works out,” he says, “where we start taking back people’s blue bins and we give them a large toter for their recycling and then a small toter for their garbage.”
Purdue President Mitch Daniels talks about the FY14 proposed general fund budget, which includes a freeze on tuition.
He credits the increase in funding from the General Assembly on Purdue doing well on the performance-based metrics the state uses to partly fund higher education. The state also is giving Purdue $50 million to build the Active Learning Center, which is designed to make classes more collaborative, instead of strictly lectures.
Daniels also talks about the academic profile of the incoming class for fall of 2013.