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Update, 1:10 p.m.: All public safety phone lines are fully functional at this time.

Phone lines at Tippecanoe County’s public safety departments spent most of this morning running on a backup system to receive non-emergency calls.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says a power outage at the county jail knocked out a phone server, and took down the non-emergency lines.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard says though the primary line went out, a secondary system took over for the administrative phones.

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The Crawfordsville City Council has approved the consolidation of several properties into a single clearinghouse which will also play home to emergency management services.

Currently, the city’s EMA department operates out of an office in the basement of Crawfordsville’s city hall.

Mayor Todd Barton says when it is, the city will move some large pieces of equipment there, including a backup fire truck and a couple incident command trailers used in emergencies.

Though usually thought of as rustic and unsuitable for 21st century life, log houses in the US and Europe have been long embraced by esteemed architects as works of art. Accompanied by Radek Kurzaj's beautiful photos, author Richard Olsen takes readers through the history of some of the most spectacular designs in the log cabin world. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton has made visits this month to businesses granted tax abatements by the city.

It’s normal – required, in many cases – for some sort of check-in to happen, but on this week’s Ask The Mayor, we find out whether Mayor Barton thinks changes that could be afoot in the coming years thanks to Stellar Cities money may change the way the city looks at abatements.

Also on this week’s show, we check back in on the progress of the reconstituted Crawfordsville Human Rights Commission.

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To be counted in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ag Census, first-time participants have to sign up by June 30. This year, small farms are receiving extra attention.

Farmers who earn more than $1,000 in revenue a year are required to complete the census, which takes place every five years. First-timers have to sign up by the end of this month to be counted.

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Numbers recently made available on an Indiana State Department of Health website show a significant increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among Hoosiers.

In 2011, just more than 2,000 Alzheimer’s deaths were recorded in Indiana. But in 2015 – the most recent year with state data – that figure had climbed by more than a quarter, to more than 2,500.

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The Clinton County Board of Health is now allowed to fine landowners and tenants for ignoring pest problems.

Prior to a recently-passed ordinance, the county did not have any specific regulations set on who takes responsibility for a pest control problem.

The department could only send a letter, but had no way to enforce further within existing law.

Vector Control specialist Jessica Fearnow says she’s seen landlords and occupants of leased property refuse to take responsibility, leading the pest problem to spread.

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The West Lafayette Police Department has signed a new equipment contract to update its body-worn camera technology.

Chief Jason Dombkowski says technology from Utility Associates, Inc. incorporates different applications, such as location tracking and safety features.

“An officer down feature – basically a cell phone – it goes vertical, it senses that and it sends an alert to dispatch and every officer working that we have an officer down,” he says.

This week's feature explores the concept of mercy, and how it can be incorporated in our lives. Starting by showing mercy to ourselves, we can transform the way we interact and relate to one another. Though a book for and about Christians, author Anne Lamott draws on wisdom from a wide variety of spiritual and intellectual figures to show mercy as an integral piece of the human experience. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we offer some helpful hints to budding entrepreneurs, including this one: If you want a city to give you a tax abatement, there are a few key words you can use to describe that investment you want to make.

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