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6:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Purdue Staff Affected By Autism To Get New Benefits

Following two years of advocacy, Steve Beaudoin's sons -- and many others -- will receive treatment closer to what they need now that autism is set to be better covered under Purdue insurance policies.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

On Monday, the Purdue Faculty Senate heard an impassioned and tearful resolution from chemical engineering professor Steve Beaudoin  asking the school to include better treatment for people with autism-spectrum disorders in its health plan.

When President Mitch Daniels announced the change would be made, a cheer went up from a dozen assembled supporters and Beaudoin thrust his fist in the air at the prospect of ending what’s been a two-year long fight for him and his family.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski interviewed Beaudoin shortly after he made his emotional speech.

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General News
10:01 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Tippecanoe County Entering The Public Art Game

The former Gumball Alley in West Lafayette, which is now home to the mural "Delight of Accomplishment" by Tom Torluemke.
Credit City of West Lafayette / http://www.westlafayette.in.gov/

Over the past several years, many new sculptures and murals have been installed in Lafayette and West Lafayette.

The public art is the result of efforts by committees established and funded by the cities.

And now Tippecanoe County is joining the effort to bring more art to the area.

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General News
9:55 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bill Would Require Ignition Device For Repeat DUI Offenders

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require ignition interlock devices on the cars of individuals who have been arrested for their second drunken driving offense.

The bill would require judges to install the interlocks as a condition for re-instatement of driving privileges.

Twenty-four states have implemented a similar mandate.

Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Indiana say that 80 percent of public opinion polls favor ignition interlocks for people with prior drunken driving convictions.

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General News
9:50 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Indiana License Plates To No Longer Be Made By Inmates

Credit Scott / https://www.flickr.com/photos/skippy/

Hoosier license plates will no longer be produced by Department of Correction inmates.

After a months-long bidding process, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles signed a contract with Intellectual Technology Incorporated for the California-based company to produce the state’s license plates.

That five-year contract began after the state’s contract with 3M, which had previously produced the plates, ended in December.

3M, under its contract, had hired PEN Products, the Department of Correction’s manufacturing program, to make the plates.

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General News
5:11 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Indiana Coalition Calls For Higher Minimum Wage

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A coalition of Indiana groups rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Monday calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.

Indiana Institute for Working Families Senior Policy Analyst Derek Thomas says the current $7.25 an hour is far from enough needed to support families.

Thomas says $10.10 an hour is more in line with what the number should be when inflation dating to 1968 is considered.

Thomas says the rise in poverty affects everyone, including the middle class, members of which are also feeling the pinch.

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