Charlotte Tuggle

Senior News Intern

My name is Charlotte Tuggle and I'm a senior at Purdue University studying mass communication. I'm the Senior News Intern at WBAA, so I work with Stan Jastrzebski in the news department.  I've been with WBAA for almost three years and I have learned so much - this is definitely not an internship where you grab coffee for staff.  WBAA has led me to believe that broadcasting is the career for me and my dream job would be to one day work for NPR in Washington, D.C.  I love writing about politics and while a big responsibility, the impact makes it worth it.  I absolutely would not trade this experience for the world! 

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says they now expect to have power returned to customers on the near south side of Lafayette by 6 p.m. today.

Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Miles says a tree fell on power equipment near South 14th Street and Central Street.

“We do have crews that are working in that area to install a new pole and they’re working as quickly and as safely as they can,” she says.

Miles says because Duke has to replace equipment, it will take longer to fix than this morning’s original estimate.

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A children’s gym recently opened in Lafayette is one of few in the state to offer equipment tailored for children on the autism spectrum. 

 “Yeah, I like the arts and crafts, and this part – there’s a lot of stuff I like,” says Trenton Coleman, 7, about his favorite things at the new Lafayette gym.

  

HOT CON / Purdue LGBTQ Center

The Purdue Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center hopes its weekend conference will bridge any gaps between the LGBTQ community and the campus at-large.

Center director Lowell Kane says he hopes Purdue’s administration recognizes the prominence of the LGBTQ community on campus.

And Ricardo Quintana Vallejo, the Ph.D. student who organized the conference, says having the sessions in West Lafayette sends a geographic message.

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The space now occupied by the Purdue Latino Cultural Center is slated to become a fraternity parking lot.

Purdue Research Foundation officials say Purdue’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter purchased the land the LCC occupies and plans to expand into the lot.

The LCC will be forced to relocate to a smaller house a couple blocks closer to campus academic buildings early next semester.

Azra Ceylan / WBAA

The number of tips regarding the Delphi homicides case has doubled since the Wednesday release of an audio recording from one of the victims’ cell phones.

Indiana State Police, the FBI and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department have received nearly 4,000 phone and email tips thus far.

ISP Sergeant Tony Slocum says the release of the audio recording plus a monetary award for information caused the influx of tips.

Slocum says cases are often solved with the help of information from the public.

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A Purdue University research team hopes to use science, not just anecdotes, to prove dogs really are man’s best friend.

The researchers are conducting a years-long study that measures service dogs’ effect on humans, both emotionally and mentally.

Assistant professor of human-animal interaction Maggie O’Haire says part of the next phase is measuring levels of a stress hormone called cortisol.

City of West Lafayette

In his state of the city speech Monday night, West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said the city sets a standard for quality of life.

He then reminded the council that in the face of a new presidential administration, the city’s philosophy of inclusion should be upheld.

Dennis says the city’s residents celebrate diversity. He says the best demonstration of that local feeling came with the recent women’s rally in downtown Lafayette, in which he participated.

Putnam County Regional Airport

The Greencastle airport hopes to reignite local aviators’ interest in flying – and their interest in the municipal airstrip – by taking part in a national program Saturday.  

The Rusty Pilots Program, sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), is aimed at pilots who have fallen out of practice and want to reenter the industry.

 

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In a quiet, colorful room of the Latino Cultural Center Monday night, Purdue students tried to represent their feelings of suffering and hope under a new president -- with art.

“Your existence, basically, is a triumph of pain and anxiety and a lot of negative emotions," says Diòn Sanders, a junior in College of Liberal Arts, who identifies as a queer person of color. "And I feel like through painting, I just want to convey the fact that it’s scary out there, but I’m still out here.”

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J. Stephen Conn

Crawfordsville's mayor plans to create a more localized economic development board after nixing an agreement between the city and a group that had been tasked with promoting it.

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