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1:34 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bills To Reduce Suicides Among Military Advance

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, talks with Rep. Jackie Walorski at Morris Inn in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 6, 2014.
Credit Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/

Two bills dealing with the suicide rates among active military service members and military veterans have passed the House of Representatives.

2nd District Republican Jackie Walorski is a co-sponsor of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act which she says hopes to address the urgent nature of mental health issues among veterans.

Among other things, the bill would require a third-party evaluation of suicide prevention programs within the Department of Defense and the V-A as well as an examination of which mental health programs need improvement.

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Government
12:57 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

The mayor says he'll push the state legislature not to restrict cities' use of TIF districts for economic development.
Credit Lafayette Mayor's Office

Cold weather conjures many seasonal thoughts in Lafayette: everything from buying holiday gifts to road work.

We address some of those topics on this week's Ask The Mayor with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, wherein we’ll also try to forecast the legislative session. Is there enough money in the budget for Lafayette – and does that money have strings for city officials?

Also in the first month of the legislative session, the state hits a deadline to decide if it’s going to keep Amtrak service running through Lafayette.

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General News
9:18 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Universities Talk Funding Formula At State Budget Committee

Some university presidents weren’t shy about voicing their concerns to the State Budget Committee.
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Leaders from Indiana’s public universities made their biennial trip to the State Budget Committee on Wednesday in advance of a new state budget that legislators will debate early next year.

A big part of the universities’ presentations is proving to the committee how much work they’ve put into improving their institutions.

Graduating students on time is a major focus of the legislature, so one of Purdue president and former governor Mitch Daniels’ budget requests is more money to help increase the number of students taking summer classes.

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Education
9:07 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Purdue Officials Ask State Budget Committee For $161 Million

Purdue would use some of the money to augment its push for more "active learning" classrooms.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Purdue officials have presented their capital projects request to the State Budget Committee for the next two-year budget cycle. University Chief Financial Officer Bill Sullivan laid out the numbers for lawmakers Wednesday.

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Environment
8:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

CityBus Gambles On Gas, Both Compressed And Liquid

A worker tightens a fitting inside one of CityBus's two compressed natural gas filling stations.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

High overhead CityBus’s Lafayette headquarters tower three wind turbines, which whir almost melodically on this blustery winter day.

They’re the most visible sign of the corporation’s push to be more environmentally friendly.

But on the ground, there’s a different whirring sound that foretells of the newest such effort -- a generator helps run power tools and a radio playing country music as half a dozen workmen install a natural gas pumping station.

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