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Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

A Lafayette subdivision comprised of Habitat for Humanity homes is one step closer to breaking ground on the city’s southwest side.

The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission approved a plan for up to seven additional homes at its last meeting – despite a few nearby residents speaking out against it. 

In 2004, utilities were routed to the area to accommodate houses. Assistant City Engineer Bob Foley says that was in preparation for redevelopment.

Though the Ilyiad is well-known, this week's feature delves deeper into the timeless tale. Highlighting the devastating consequences of war in eloquence, author Caroline Alexander combines the meticulous accuracy of a historian with the fluid narrative of a writer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Core Spaces & The City of West Lafayette

One big project in the State Street development plan is a city council vote away from being shrunk.

The Hub – a mixed residential and commercial building – is being scaled back from 15 to 11 stories. The property developer, Core Spaces, petitioned the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission this week for the latter.

Core Spaces Chief Development Officer Eric Grimm says the decision came from market research.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we’re talking about expansion. The Indiana Department of Transportation has released its Next Level Roads Plan, hoping to draw in international industry and Clinton County has welcomed two businesses into a key intersection. But, where will a city like Frankfort go – or grow – now, with others crowding the road?

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If construction crews now tearing up sidewalks along West Lafayette’s State Street hope to have the road open on campus within a month, there can’t be many more significant rainstorms.

That’s the word from the Joint Board of Purdue and West Lafayette employees overseeing the project.

West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson sits on the Board and says further severe weather could make it a challenge for the road to reopen in time for Purdue students to return to campus in mid-August.

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The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy will begin to bill police departments $500 per student this fall.

Participation in the Academy’s 15-week basic training course is required for prospective cops, and used to be free before a change in Indiana code took effect July 1.

Academy Executive Director Rusty Goodpaster says that’s just a slice of the actual cost.

“The last time we did a study – I believe it was 2013 that we went through it – and it’s roughly about $8,500 that it costs to train a student,” he says.

City of Crawfordsville / Parks & Recreation

The city of Crawfordsville has begun workshopping its 2018 budget, and Mayor Todd Barton says employee retention is a priority.

The city will offer a 2-percent salary increase for municipal employees.

And Barton says departments such as Parks and Recreation are getting more money to improve the city’s quality of life.

“We’re going back and we’ve really assessed where we are with that tax levy and we’re comfortable in making some increases,” he says. “I’ve directed the parks department to step it up a notch. We need good, quality parks for our citizens.”

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The Tippecanoe County Commissioners are one vote away from changing their policy on how the county courthouse may be used for displays and demonstrations.

The previous policy, which allowed the commissioners to approve or deny permits as they saw fit, was struck down by a federal court earlier this year.

The new policy is, in the words of county attorney Doug Masson, “viewpoint neutral,” though it retains restrictions on when a display may occur – mostly to avoid disturbing legal proceedings in the courthouse.

Indiana State Police

Law enforcement agencies have released new information about the double homicide investigation following the murders of two Delphi girls.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Delphi Police Department and the Indiana State Police believe the man depicted in the composite sketch is connected to the murders.

The suspect is described as a white male between 5'6" to 5'10", weighing 180 to 220 pounds and with reddish brown hair.

The concept of pretty is changing as women and girls are empowered to take on the world fearlessly in their unique ways. Photographer Kate Parker captures the individuality of girls and their own definitions of "pretty" in this week's feature, displaying each of them actively in their personal endeavors. From ages three to 18, the subjects of her photos define what strong is for the coming generations. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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