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1:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Expert Says Repeal Of Common Construction Wage Signals Further Decline Of Unions

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The repeal of the common construction wage marks the second major legislative defeat for Indiana unions in three years.

Twenty years ago, organized labor stopped a prevailing wage repeal in its tracks with a show of force at the statehouse.

Labor specialist Ken Dau-Schmidt at IU‘s Maurer School of Law says the success of repeal this year shows the decline of labor influence.

He says the loss of clout began with the loss of manufacturing jobs as technological advances made it easier to move some tasks overseas.

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General News
1:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Purdue Expert Warns Pet Owners To Look For Signs Of Dog Flu

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A Purdue expert says the strain of dog flu seen in Indiana in recent days isn’t as severe as in some other states.

Steve Thompson is the director of the university’s Pet Wellness Clinic.

He says he virus has swept Chicago in recent weeks, sickening more than 1,000 dogs and killing five since January.

Thompson says several dogs in Tippecanoe County tested positive for the illness last week, so local pet owners should be on alert for symptoms.

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Education
1:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

School Closing Forces Gary Community To Look For Solutions

Dunbar/Pulaski Academic & Career Academy, Gary, Indiana.
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“Everybody wants to pick on poor, little Gary, Indiana.”

Robert Crawford is a lifelong Gary resident. He attended classes in the Gary Community School Corporation when he was a kid – roaming some of the same hallways that his sixth grade daughter now frequents.

But the school district looks a lot different now than it did in Crawford’s day.

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Sports
12:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: April 17

We ask if colleges can use their academic backgrounds to provide useful data to sports leagues -- who might pay for it.
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We close out the first season of Off The Field With Morgan Burke today and as we do so, we take a look ahead.

Changes are coming to two of Purdue’s stadiums. Change may also be coming to how fans get to and from Purdue sporting events.

And if the campus hopes to change how diverse it is, could athletics lead the way?

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General News
12:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Happy Hollow Construction To Cause Traffic Headaches

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West Lafayette drivers who use Happy Hollow Road on a regular basis might want to find an alternate route starting next week.

Public Works Director Dave Buck says the road’s reconstruction project includes new utility lines, curbs and gutters, as well as a new pedestrian trail.

He says beginning Monday, Happy Hollow will be closed between River Road and Catherwood Drive to replace a culvert.

Buck says when that phase is done near the end of June, crews will be closing the busy intersection of Happy Hollow and River Road.

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