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The lead architect of Tippecanoe County’s proposed needle exchange program says he hopes to work through multiple problems simultaneously in 2017.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler admits he’ll have to find a way to pay for the program and secure the blessing of Lafayette’s mayor and police chief at the same time.

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The following school corporations are operating on a two-hour delay, Tuesday, Dec. 20:

Attica Consolidated

Benton Community

Covington Community

MSD Warren County

Southeast Fountain

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Tippecanoe County’s American Suburban Utilities, or ASU, will get most of the rate hike it requested, but not all.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has approved a three-phase price hike that increases fees more than 60 percent. When it’s complete, residential bills will go from $47.50 a month to more than $77.24.

The privately-owned waste water utility wanted to charge $85.18 per month.

The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor countered with a recommendation of $60.80 per month.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Despite various reports of police officer shortages around the country, Indiana seems to be taking less of a hit than other states. But those numbers may be misleading.

The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) uses an interactive video during the last week of training for prospective officers.

Officers – and even the occasional journalist -- are faced with situations that may require firing a weapon and must decide what to do. And since it’s part of firearms training, the main decision is whether to shoot.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The following school corporations have changed their schedules for Monday, 12/19:

CLOSED:
Benton Community
MSD of Warren County

TWO-HOUR DELAY:
Attica Consolidated
Carroll Consolidated
Clinton Central
Clinton Prairie
Covington Christian (and no before care)
Covington Community
Delphi Community
Frontier
Frankfort Community
Lafayette School Corp.

Lafayette Catholic Schools
North White
Southeast Fountain

Tippecanoe County

Tri-County
Twin Lakes

whitehouse.gov / https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/12/12/3-letters-explain-why-president-obama-signing-cures-act

State health officials say it’s too soon to tell how Indiana will spend the cash it’s slated to get from a federal bill aimed at fighting opioid abuse.

President Obama recently signed the 21st Century Cures Act, which, among other initiatives, will direct a billion dollars to states for use in opioid treatment programs.

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As expected, the Purdue University Trustees have approved the broad outlines of a plan to realign Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

But unlike the vast majority of the board’s votes, Friday’s was not without its dissenters.

Some trustees worry there isn’t enough detail in the plan, outside of noting which programs are slated for elimination or for a switch from one school’s governance to the other.

Others say they’re concerned the agreement may become a financial drain on Purdue.

Veterans Turn To Yoga To Help Treat PTSD

Dec 16, 2016
Jill Sheridan/Indiana Public Broadcasting

An estimated 8 million people in the United States suffer from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.

In Indiana, as many as 50,000 Hoosier veterans could be dealing with it.

But a new program is exploring a novel treatment, yoga.

U.S. Navy veteran Larry Dodd has had multiple surgeries.  He deals with poor circulation; he’s a recovering alcoholic; and he and his wife are raising their two young grandchildren because his son is dealing with addiction.

But he’s found something that helps with his stress.

 The first installment of a new mystery series, this week's feature brings southern charm and whimsy to the "thriller" genre. It follows a woman coming back to her rural hometown in Georgia, where her father is successfully operating an olive grove. She finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery after finding a deceased man in the woods one night, and must find the true killer to clear her own name. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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The next concert from the Lafayette Chamber Singers is Sunday afternoon, December 18th, and features selections for the holidays. On the program is music by Heinrich Schutz, Roland de Lassus, as well as selections by Frank Ferko, Charles Parry, and Witold Lutoslawki. Artistic Director Clayton Lein says the program features music old and new, including music for ensemble and piano. WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Lein about “Christmas Concert” in the WBAA studios.

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