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A pharmaceutical development company is adding to its Purdue Research Park facility.

BASi is building an 1,800 square foot health and wellness center on site to help employees stay healthy and cut costs.  Dependents of staff members also will have access to services there.

Construction on the $200,000 project started Monday (Nov. 21) and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Lina Reeves-Kerner says it should open in January.  She says the facility with three exam rooms, a lab, and pharmacy will save BASi about $250,000 annually.

WL to pay more for health insurance in 2012

Nov 22, 2011

The city of West Lafayette will stay with the same health insurance provider for 2012.  But the cost of coverage from Anthem will increase by nearly 20%.

City Human Resources Director Diane Foster says the employee contribution toward insurance will remain the same in 2012.  However, she cannot make the same guarantee for 2013.

Foster notes that the cost of vision insurance is not going up next year, and dental coverage will only increase slightly.

Indiana State Police looking for trooper applicants

Nov 22, 2011

Future Indiana State Police troopers have an upcoming deadline to meet.

Friday (Nov. 25) is the last day I.S.P. will accept applications to join the 72nd Recruit Academy. It runs from July to December of next year for 24 weeks.

Sergeant Kim Riley says anyone who wants to be a trooper should be self-motivated. Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old before next December.

Riley says as many as 400 current state troopers are expected to retire in the next 3-5 years. He expects up to 3,000 applications with 60-100 people being accepted into the academy next year.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials have a better idea as to the cost of the second phase of construction on Cumberland Avenue.

The Board of Works is considering three bids, with the highest totaling a little more than $3.1 million.

All three options fall within the range of estimates previously given by the city Engineering Department.  The high end of that range is $3.5 million.

Phase two of the project is aimed at updating Cumberland from Yeager Road to Salisbury Street.  It includes two roundabouts; one at Yeager and another at Manchester.

Nearly 13,000 people in the Tippecanoe County area received assistance from the Salvation Army over the past year.  Much of that help was due to the organization's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The holiday fundraiser brought in $156,000 a year ago.  Major Jim Irvine says they hope to raise even more this year, because the need for help has not declined.

This year's Red Kettle goal is $160,000. The Salvation Army hopes to raise $360,000 total during the holiday season.

A new position within the West Lafayette School Corporation will be responsible for fundraising and community relations.

The district's board Wednesday night voted to establish a Director of Development.  The position will be a part of the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation.

The school corporation will cover 30% of the salary as well as benefits.  Superintendent Rocky Killion says that's because projects initiated by the foundation benefit the corporation as well.

The school board has yet to identify any candidates for the position.

Thousands of donations have added up to a successful campaign for the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

The organization surpassed it $4.6 million goal by more than $10,000.

Purdue Dean of Agriculture Jay Akridge chaired the campaign committee. He says it was a critical year to meet the goal, because the need for help is so great. Akridge says so many people in the community know first hand the help offered by such nonprofits as Food Finders Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Riggs Community Health Center.

All Purdue employees have the responsibility to do what's right to keep those who work, study, and visit the university safe. That's the message from President France Cordova in response to the ongoing scandal at Penn State.

Cordova sent a brief email message to all employees saying everyone should report child abuse or neglect they witness or have knowledge of. She says in an emergency situation, that can be done by calling 911.

Food writer Dave DeWitt describes how some of America's most famous colonial leaders not only established America's political destiny, but also revolutionized the very foods we eat.

Greg Zawisza's Last Day at WBAA

Nov 16, 2011

Roger Priest with Greg Zawisza on Greg's last day at WBAA, April 1, 1985.

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