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Lafayette-based Food Finders received more than 40 tons of food Tuesday. The donation is set to go to counties with thousands of food-insecure residents.

Smithfield Foods and Kroger-Pay Less delivered more than 80,000 pounds of protein – including sausage, ham and bacon -- to the food bank.

Food Finders serves 16 counties that host 79,000 food insecure residents. President Katy Bunder says the usual donation is about 500 pounds of food, which usually lasts a week.

She says a donation this big will last about two months.

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Nearly a fifth of Tippecanoe County youths have spotty access to food, so a local food bank hopes to bring nutrition where it’s needed most with a series of so-called “pop-up sites.”

Food Finders Chief Operating Officer Kier Crites Scherger says when children are out of school, food is even more scarce for low-income families.

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At least one Indiana water company is warning its customers to be mindful of the chemicals they put on their lawns.

Indiana American Water issued a press release saying recent heavy rains have made it more likely that pesticides and other chemicals would flow from urban lawns into municipal sewer systems.

Once they get there, Office of the Indiana State Chemist pesticide administrator David Scott says they can be hard to treat – especially if the chemicals dissolve during heavy rains like Indiana has seen in recent weeks.

Native American life is largely characterized by stereotypes when looking from the outside in, ignoring the unique cultures that truly exist. Author Kent Nerburn has immersed himself into Native American communities, learning about their beliefs and values, and understanding how their perspective differs from Western culture. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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For months, we’ve known a couple things about this summer’s road construction in Greater Lafayette.

One, it was always going to be a hassle.

And secondly, the cities seemed committed to trying to complete major projects while most Purdue students were away for the summer.

But the City of Lafayette now says the closure of the county’s busiest intersection isn’t slated to start until July and will last past the time students and their parents return.

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West Lafayette officials Wednesday officially announced they plan to close off two additional streets in conjunction with the State Street overhaul.

City Development Director Erik Carlson says he’s been telling businesses for months that Brown Street would be dead-ended at River Road, even though there was no money secured for any further improvements.

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Three Republican Indiana congressmen who’ve been rumored as possible opponents to Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in next year’s Senate race issued public statements Wednesday on the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

But just one – Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th) – sent three separate e-mails, including one from his campaign which throws cold water on Donnelly for questioning the timing and motivation of Comey’s pink slip.

Marsh Plans To Close Remaining Indiana Stores

May 9, 2017
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A Marsh Supermarkets spokesperson confirms the chain plans to close all of its 44 remaining locations (40 in Indiana, four in Ohio) in the next 60 days unless a buyer or a new business partner will allow the company to continue operations.

Marsh filed a notice Monday with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development indicating the closure of 16 stores that have more than 50 employees, as required by the state. The remaining stores have fewer than 50 employees.

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National Weather Service officials say all the rain clouds this month may hold a silver lining for Indiana.

NWS hydrologist Al Shipe says this year was shaping up similarly to the most recent drought year of 2012 – until recently.

“This was the second-warmest start of the year to the record warm year of 2012," Shipe says. "Starting in early May of 2012, it got warmer and drier. This year, it got cooler and wetter.”

Shipe says that means it’s likely the state has at least forestalled, if not escaped, the possibility of a drought this year.

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Today, on WBAA’s Wake-Up Call, Tippecanoe County Area Plan Executive Director Sallie Fahey talks about developing new local zoning rules to regulate short-term guest rentals in private homes or property. 

Earlier this year, local planners postponed adoption of rules governing so-called transient rentals because state lawmakers were debating legislation that would have limited local governments’ ability to restrict so-called transient housing.

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