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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As weather forecasts call for more rain and warm temperatures this week, county officials have extended their warning to stay out of creeks and rivers.

Lafayette Fire Department Special Operations Chief Randy Evans says moving waterways like the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers and Wildcat Creek have become dangerous as the speed of their currents has increased in recent days.

He says the creeks hold more water in a confined space, and that turns them into rapids.

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The Arconic Foundation hopes a recent donation to Ivy Tech Community College's Lafayette campus will help address the skills gap facing the manufacturing industry.

The college plans to use its $100,000 grant to start a new 3-D printing course and buy two 3-D printers. The school also plans to purchase laser cutters and engravers, all to be housed in a new lab space.

Ivy Tech Lafayette vice chancellor Todd Roswarski says he expects the program to simulate real-world experience.

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Four months after two girls were murdered walking along one of Delphi’s trails, there’s a push to make the area safer.

The Wabash and Erie Canal Association wants to add trail markers, information kiosks, and more lighting to the 10-mile system.

Association President Dan McCain says cameras would also be installed at the start of the trails.

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A prominent atheist group warns Purdue University could be setting a dangerous precedent with its proposed Catholic residence hall.

Patrick Elliott is an attorney with the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. He says Purdue can’t favor one religion over others.

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Even though the number of hepatitis C cases in Tippecanoe County has doubled since 2013, location concerns keep blocking implementation of a syringe exchange program that could help stem the spread of disease.

That was the message from a Wednesday night meeting in Lafayette on the county’s battle against addiction and its ancillary health issues.

Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Consultant Dr. Joan Duwve  says hepatitis C is much easier to transmit than HIV, which is another concern that follows opioid epidemics.

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Indiana Department of Transportation officials pitched the department’s proposal for two new J-turn intersections in Logansport Tuesday night. But residents appear to want to put a halt to the idea.

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The city of Lafayette expects to break ground on a new baseball stadium in 2019 – the same year the city had originally planned to complete the project.

Loeb Stadium, home to the Lafayette Aviators, is set to be completely redone – including rotating the field so a main entrance faces Main Street, and spectators won’t be looking into the sun.

American Structurepoint senior architect Dan McCloskey says the field will also be sunk about six feet.

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Update, 1:10 p.m.: All public safety phone lines are fully functional at this time.

Phone lines at Tippecanoe County’s public safety departments spent most of this morning running on a backup system to receive non-emergency calls.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says a power outage at the county jail knocked out a phone server, and took down the non-emergency lines.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard says though the primary line went out, a secondary system took over for the administrative phones.

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To be counted in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ag Census, first-time participants have to sign up by June 30. This year, small farms are receiving extra attention.

Farmers who earn more than $1,000 in revenue a year are required to complete the census, which takes place every five years. First-timers have to sign up by the end of this month to be counted.

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The Clinton County Board of Health is now allowed to fine landowners and tenants for ignoring pest problems.

Prior to a recently-passed ordinance, the county did not have any specific regulations set on who takes responsibility for a pest control problem.

The department could only send a letter, but had no way to enforce further within existing law.

Vector Control specialist Jessica Fearnow says she’s seen landlords and occupants of leased property refuse to take responsibility, leading the pest problem to spread.

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