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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A bill that would fund more medical residency programs at Indiana colleges will come to a final vote before the Senate Tuesday, after some medical schools had trouble sending all of their graduates to residencies this year.

A hospital that establishes a medical residency program would match at least 25-percent of the funding given by the state.

House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says the start-up money for the fund is already available.

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An American Civil Liberties Union representative encouraged Tippecanoe County residents Wednesday to reject the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, which she says could erase 60 years of civil rights progress in Indiana.

ACLU national organizer Liz Welch says the organization is working on an act that may be the solution.

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Nationwide scrutiny aimed at Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act may be making Arkansas legislators uncomfortable about passing their own religious freedom bill.

The bill, named the “Conscience Protection Act,” follows the same argument as Indiana’s religious freedom bill – that religious liberties are under stack and need protection. The bill awaits House approval on Senate amendments before going to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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As the Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits the Governor’s signature, convention holders say passage of the act could cost the state many millions of dollars.

On Tuesday, the CEO of gaming and fantasy convention GenCon said the potential discrimination he sees in the bill will make the convention’s attendees feel unwelcome in Indiana.

Shawn Smith works for a similar convention, Indy PopCon, which he says generates a few million dollars in economic impact each year. He says his organization shares GenCon’s concerns.

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Second-generation West Lafayette farmer Kevin Underwood has three tractors he uses to farm 1,600 acres of land – one is several decades old, another he bought just a few years ago. But while his 30 year old tractor still works well, Underwood says the system taxing what that tractor produces does not.

“The bind we’re in at this point is we’ve got income level going down and taxes and input costs continuing to go up,” Underwood says.

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A bill that would create an initiative granting funding to collaborating groups in regions around the state is moving through the Indiana Senate.

The Regional City Fund would grant or loan regions money to improve the area based on a proposed growth plan.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden says it’s similar to the state’s existing Stellar Communities grants, but the new initiative is more collaborative.

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 Approximately 46 million people nationally receive money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  

Of the 871,000 Indiana residents who use SNAP, 7-percent – about 65,000 people -- are at risk of losing their SNAP benefits in October if they do not find a job or enter a work training program.

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By Friday, a two-man team of educational testing consultants is expected to have revamped this year’s ISTEP tests.

Ed Roeber says it normally takes as much as two years to do the job he’s expected to do in just two days.

And as of Wednesday afternoon, he hadn’t even received the information he needed from the state to do the work.

WBAA’s Charlotte Tuggle talked with Roeber as he waited for state leaders to provide him with the raw materials he hopes to make into a better, shorter ISTEP exam.

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Governor-appointed consultant Edward Roeber has less than two days to fix ISTEP -- a job he says usually takes a couple years.

Roeber is tasked with reviewing the state’s standardized tests, but as of Wednesday afternoon had not yet seen the design or details of the current model. His main goal is reducing the time the test will take.

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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

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