Charlotte Tuggle

Reporter

My name is Charlotte Tuggle and I'm a reporter at WBAA. For three years, I was a news intern at the station before graduating from Purdue and becoming a full-time staff member. During my last year as an intern, I was named the Indiana Student Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. I'm very excited to stay and work with such an honest, dedicated team here at WBAA!

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There's an old notion in close games that the team with the last shot can win. For most of Saturday's game, the outcome seemed likely to be determined by which team had a cold streak last.

So when North Florida made seven of its last nine shots and Purdue missed eight consecutive attempts in the last three minutes, the Ospreys walked away with a 73-70 victory.

"Everything that could go wrong for us in the last two minutes did," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said after the game.

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Despite another disappointing season for the Purdue football team, athletic department officials say they’ll look to engage more fans by renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

But the money may be hard to come by. Sagging attendance meant the football team brought in three million fewer dollars than expected this year. Athletics Director Morgan Burke says that makes funding projects more difficult for a self-supporting department.

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Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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University officials say more than half of Purdue students partake in internship-related experiences, but numbers from the Gallup-Purdue Index say most of them don’t matter much.

The Index shows 29-percent of the nearly 30,000 graduates surveyed nationwide agree their internship experience allowed them to apply what they learned in the workforce.

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With three Boilermaker wide receivers injured, Purdue had to rely on its running backs Saturday – but not on the ground.

Raheem Mostert handled the ball on four of the first five plays of the game, but the biggest play of the game was a 79-yard touchdown pass from Austin Appleby to Akeem Hunt. The play was the longest of Hunt’s career.

Although impressive, it was not enough to stop the Wisconsin Badgers, who marched to a 34-16 victory over the Boilermakers.

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Numbers released this week by the Indiana Department of Education show disappointing results for Clinton County schools.

For every school with an “A” grade, there was one school with a “D” or an “F”. The four "F"-graded schools all belong to the Community Schools of Frankfort. The corporation received a “D” grade overall.

Frankfort Senior High School is the only school in the corporation that received an “A”.

Assistant superintendent Joel McKinney attributes the poor grades to the student body as a whole struggling with testing.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials say road repair projects that have slowed traffic near the Purdue campus should be complete by fall of 2015.

Public Works Director Dave Buck expects the rebuilding and repaving of Cumberland Avenue between Salisbury Street and Soldiers Home Road to be done by the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

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The Frankfort City Council has rejected an ordinance that would have paid for detailed drawings of potential renovations in Old Stoney, the city hall building.

The request for additional funding for the architectural drawings was pushed by the Frankfort Board of Works and Mayor Chris McBarnes, who says he and the board have been “aggressive” in their approach to the restoration of Old Stoney.

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