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Three days after announcing St. Joseph's college in Rensselaer would suspend operations for the 2017-2018 academic year, Board of Trustees Chairman Ben Sponseller Monday met with students, faculty and staff in an attempt to answer the question on most everyone's mind: how did it come to this?

How did the 128-year-old Catholic college amass $45 million in debt, so that it can't pay its bills and must lay off nearly 200 employees and find new academic homes for nearly 900 students?

City of West Lafayette

In his state of the city speech Monday night, West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said the city sets a standard for quality of life.

He then reminded the council that in the face of a new presidential administration, the city’s philosophy of inclusion should be upheld.

Dennis says the city’s residents celebrate diversity. He says the best demonstration of that local feeling came with the recent women’s rally in downtown Lafayette, in which he participated.

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Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski’s says his city’s crime ebbed in 2016.

During his annual State of the City address Monday night, Roswarski said crime fell 11 percent, year-over-year. He says property crimes are down 9 percent and violent crimes are down 20 percent, despite an increasing number of robberies.

Roswarski says he’d like to see more addiction and mental health services to help address the city’s drug problem – that’s even though he has opposed hosting a needle exchange program at a storefront location in his city.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, February 12th, and features selections for Valentine’s Day. On the program is music by Carl Orff, and Edvard Grieg, as well as selections by Hank Williams, and Meghan Trainor. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says it was a challenge to put the program together, and features not only a wide range of selections, but music for ensemble and soloists. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Afternoon Delight” in the WBAA studios.

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As administrators at Rensselear's Saint Joseph's College debate whether the school will be closed more than just the 2017-2018 school year, Purdue's president has offered to take in students who wish to transfer.

A letter from Purdue President Mitch Daniels to Saint Joseph's President Robert Pastoor Friday promises what Daniels calls "concierge-level service" to any student wishing to transfer, including waiving Purdue's usual $60 application fee.

Indiana University To Accept Students From Banned Countries

Feb 3, 2017
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Officials with the Indiana University system say President Donald Trump’s immigration and travel executive order won’t change the university’s policies.

The IU system’s eight campuses will continue to accept qualified international students from the seven countries where travel is currently suspended.

City of West Lafayette

After years of literally molding over, West Lafayette’s city hall has been demolished. But what will replace it is still unclear – as is where that replacement might stand.

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For someone with depression, finding an antidepressant that works is a trial and error process that often takes weeks or months.

As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Leigh DeNoon reports, new research and genetic tests are beginning to help doctors personalize the search for the right medication.

Jan Northam is a retired nurse. While working in the emergency room, not long after Prozac came on the market in the late 1980s, she discovered the medication tremendously helped her depression.

Author Karen Maezen Miller explores the "Zenness" of the natural world in this week's feature. After she and her family find a home with an old garden in the backyard, she uses its contents to discover lessons in forgiveness, presence, acceptance, and more. For gardeners and spectators alike, the natural world can provide a window into Zen that may normally be overlooked. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Tippecanoe County has received about one-fourth of the grant money it requested to fund a syringe exchange services program aimed at slowing the spread of Hepatitis C among I-V drug users.

Commissioner Tracy Brown says the county accepted an $8,500 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

The county had asked for nearly $33,000.

But Brown insists that’s a good first step toward obtaining cash to buy supplies for the program that, under state law, cannot be funded with taxpayer dollars.

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