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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Nearly 3,000 highway engineers and contractors are on the Purdue campus to learn the latest innovations in building cost-effective, long-lasting roads, highways and bridges.

But, before the technical workshops about pavement preservation and culvert installation began Tuesday, attendees heard from one of the men who is determining how to generate the more than $1 billion additional dollars needed in each of the next 20 years to shore up the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.  

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Amtrak ramped up its services Wednesday when it resumed complete control of all facets of the Hoosier State train that runs eight times a week between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The arrival of Amtrak’s high profile dome car, food service, business class and free Wi-Fi signal local, state and federal leaders are focused on maintaining revenue gains achieved after the state hired a private contractor to market and improve the money-losing service.

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While West Lafayette and Purdue University are focused on rebuilding State Street, one resident is asking city leaders to look at that project’s impact on another major road – Northwestern Avenue.

Jim Klatch says the new perimeter parkway designed to carry traffic around the heart of campus will increase traffic on Northwestern, particularly on the north end of Purdue’s campus, between Stadium Avenue and Cherry Lane.

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The following school corporations are operating on a 2-hour delay due to fog on Wednesday, February 22, 2017:

Attica

Benton Community

Clinton Central

Covington Community Schools

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Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, in Tippecanoe County are learning to identify youths who are at-risk of becoming human trafficking victims. They’re also learning how to talk about the issue when red flags appear.

County CASA Executive Director Coleen Connor says human trafficking may not yet be a significant problem, locally. But she wants to prepare the volunteers for what’s likely to come in the future.

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The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission is slated to vote Wednesday on a significantly scaled-back proposal to regulate short-term home rentals, such as those offered on websites including Airbnb.

The original proposal would have restricted the number of days a property could be rented, regardless of whether the owner lives in the residence.

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The following school corporations are operating on a 2-hour delay due to snow, ice and cold temperatures:

Frankfort

Frontier

Clinton Central

Rossville

Tri-County

Twin Lakes

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Three days after announcing St. Joseph's college in Rensselaer would suspend operations for the 2017-2018 academic year, Board of Trustees Chairman Ben Sponseller Monday met with students, faculty and staff in an attempt to answer the question on most everyone's mind: how did it come to this?

How did the 128-year-old Catholic college amass $45 million in debt, so that it can't pay its bills and must lay off nearly 200 employees and find new academic homes for nearly 900 students?

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Tippecanoe County has received about one-fourth of the grant money it requested to fund a syringe exchange services program aimed at slowing the spread of Hepatitis C among I-V drug users.

Commissioner Tracy Brown says the county accepted an $8,500 grant from the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

The county had asked for nearly $33,000.

But Brown insists that’s a good first step toward obtaining cash to buy supplies for the program that, under state law, cannot be funded with taxpayer dollars.

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Expect hazardous travel conditions due to freezing rain falling through the weekend in Greater Lafayette and Central Indiana.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday, warning drivers and pedestrians to think twice before heading outside.

Forecasters expect rain to change over to freezing rain Friday evening through Saturday morning with the overnight low temperature in the mid-20s.

A second round of freezing rain is expected Saturday night through Sunday morning.

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