Chris Morisse Vizza

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Chris Morisse Vizza hosts  Morning Edition and reports for the WBAA News Department.

She earned a degree in communications from the University of Evansville and began her career as a reporter and newscaster at WASK in Lafayette.

Chris then joined WLFI-TV, where she worked 15 years as a reporter and 10 years as news director.

Most recently, she worked as a print and digital reporter for the Journal & Courier. 

She's also a 2010 inductee into the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association Hall of Fame.

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West Lafayette officials Wednesday officially announced they plan to close off two additional streets in conjunction with the State Street overhaul.

City Development Director Erik Carlson says he’s been telling businesses for months that Brown Street would be dead-ended at River Road, even though there was no money secured for any further improvements.

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Today, on WBAA’s Wake-Up Call, Tippecanoe County Area Plan Executive Director Sallie Fahey talks about developing new local zoning rules to regulate short-term guest rentals in private homes or property. 

Earlier this year, local planners postponed adoption of rules governing so-called transient rentals because state lawmakers were debating legislation that would have limited local governments’ ability to restrict so-called transient housing.

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This morning, WBAA's Wake-Up Call focuses on West Lafayette’s State Street reconstruction project and the effects of the extremely limited access to businesses along the street.

The owners of Von’s Dough Shack announced this week they’re permanently closing the business because customers are having a tough time getting to building.

Also this week, business owners learned the city will permanently close Brown Street will at River Road, eliminating a point of entry to stores near Wabash Landing.   

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The West Lafayette Community School Corporation will continue to collect an extra property tax thanks to the overwhelming majority of voters who cast ballots in Tuesday’s referendum.

Of the 2,233 ballots cast, 2,105 voters chose to continue paying an additional 37 cents per $100 of property valuation. There were 128 "No" votes.

Purdue economist and tax policy researcher Larry DeBoer says the 94 percent passage rate is the largest percentage of "Yes" votes in any Indiana education referendum.

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Voter turnout has been slow, but steady for Tuesday’s ballot question on extending an extra property tax for the West Lafayette Community Schools.

Sporting shimmering red athletic shoes, a red coat, gray sweater and gray and red ball cap, Superintendent Rocky Killion was the embodiment of a Red Devil fan.  

It’s what he wears to school on Fridays – spirit days – and game days. 

This morning on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, a conversation with Andrew Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc.

The interview was recorded following last week's following  announcement that Purdue University is acquiring the online institution’s academic assets, including 32,000 students, 3,000 employees and 15 campuses and learning centers.

Rosen joined Kaplan in 1992, and has been responsible for the company’s technology growth, geographic expansion and focus on student success and outcomes.

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Purdue University Trustees have announced the school plans to acquire the university wing of online educator and testing company Kaplan.

At a special meeting of the trustees Thursday morning, Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted the state’s brain drain – which he was unable to address as governor – continues, with one-in-three Hoosiers having no post-secondary education.

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Today on WBAA's Wake-Up Call, we talk to State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) about her six-year effort to convince Indiana lawmakers to mandate cursive writing be taught in Hoosier schools.

This year, the General Assembly didn't approve Leising's long-sought after mandate.

But it did support her compromise plan requiring the Indiana Department of Education to ask teachers, school administrators and school board members whether they want mandatory instruction of cursive writing.

City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort is touting its ranking as the 50th safest city in Indiana.

But how do the calculations from the National Council for Home Safety and Security line up with the city's own data which showed a 12 percent increase in overall drug violation arrests and a 47 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2016?

Also, can the city's focus on downtown revitalization projects, such as a new public open space alongside the proposed Nickel Plate Flats apartments, stimulate needed improvements in other neighborhoods?

March For Science Lafayette

The focus of today's WBAA Wake-Up Call is on the increasing number of rallies and demonstrations organized by local people who want to shine a light on a particular issue.

The question is, do these public events simply provide a short-term forum, or do the gatherings inspire individuals to transform their behaviors, take action, and work for change in government and social policy?

Amy Austin, of West Lafayette, is spearheading the March for Science from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette. 

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