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West Lafayette is now a so-called “safe haven” for immigrants – even though that declaration is likely to mean very little where the law is concerned.

The West Lafayette City Council Monday evening approved the resolution before overflowing crowd at the Morton Center. It asserts no city department will investigate a person’s immigration status unless it’s party to a criminal investigation or required by law or court order.

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Purdue University Galleries opens two new exhibits of large scale cut paper works and artworks from the Galleries collection: “Sonja Peterson: Transverse Travesties” and "Color Expressions" through April 22nd. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Craig Martin, director of Purdue Galleries about the openings.

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Indiana-based religious groups joined a nationwide effort Friday aimed at fighting immigration policies being pushed by the Trump administration. The campaign includes 37 Christian denominations representing 30-million Americans.

“We will invite all our constituents and all other people of faith to join us in espousing a future that evokes the spirit of love…not fear,” says Sharon Watkins, president of The Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, which is headquartered in Indianapolis.

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The West Lafayette City Council is considering a resolution that would declare West Lafayette a safe haven for immigrants.

The resolution seeks to discourage city employees from assisting authorities in investigating a person’s immigration status, unless required by a court order.

The resolution stops short of designating Lafayette a so-called “sanctuary city,” a term that has become popular when referring to cities that refuse to assist federal entities with deportation of undocumented people.

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A Jewish congregation in Bloomington is stepping up security after bomb threats have targeted Jewish communities across the nation.

A hoax bomb threat shut down the Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis earlier this week, as well as Jewish Community Centers and schools in several other states.

Bloomington’s Congregation Beth Shalom hasn’t been the target of recent threats, but the community is trying to be proactive. They’re instituting a locked door policy, except for during services.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Eric Edberg, cellist of the DePauw Trio, about the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society next performance, Brahms Fest, Sunday, March 5th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

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Almost half of the 95,000 members enrolled in the state’s Hoosier Care Connect health care program will need to switch their plans this month after one of the three companies offering coverage makes its exit.

MDWise, an Indianapolis-based company, announced late last month the company was dropping out of the program.

Leaders at MDWise contend it’s not financially feasible to renew a contract with the state, even though Indiana Family and Social Services Administration spokesman Jim Gavin says the administration’s actuary says the rates are fair.

City of West Lafayette

In his state of the city address earlier this year, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis prodded President Donald Trump. This came after the mayor attended an anti-Trump rally held by women’s groups the day after the president’s inauguration.

Now, it’s not new for the mayor to break with Republican dogma and anger other GOP officeholders – just look at his tiffs with then-governor Mike Pence over same-sex marriage and the state’s so-called religious freedom bill. But pushing back against the president is a different sort of battle.

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The space now occupied by the Purdue Latino Cultural Center is slated to become a fraternity parking lot.

Purdue Research Foundation officials say Purdue’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter purchased the land the LCC occupies and plans to expand into the lot.

The LCC will be forced to relocate to a smaller house a couple blocks closer to campus academic buildings early next semester.

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Amtrak ramped up its services Wednesday when it resumed complete control of all facets of the Hoosier State train that runs eight times a week between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The arrival of Amtrak’s high profile dome car, food service, business class and free Wi-Fi signal local, state and federal leaders are focused on maintaining revenue gains achieved after the state hired a private contractor to market and improve the money-losing service.

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