Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly tapped former Indiana U.S. Sen. Dan Coats to be his national intelligence director.

Elected officials, including Coats’ former colleague U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), are praising the choice. It had not been officially confirmed as of late Thursday afternoon.

If appointed, Coats would lead the nation’s intelligence community. The national intelligence post is separate from that of CIA director.

 

President-elect Donald Trump is doubling down on his criticisms of U.S. trade relationships with China and Mexico, which has some wondering if a trade war is in the works.

Purdue University economist Larry DeBoer says the hallmark of a trade war is retaliation.

For example, higher U.S. taxes on Chinese steel imports could make China chooser to buy fewer American products, including those from Indiana, like soybeans or engine parts.

But DeBoer says even threat of a trade war is already affecting Hoosiers.

President-elect Donald Trump attacked the United Steelworkers union president who represents workers at Carrier in Indianapolis on Twitter Wednesday night.

Chuck Jones heads up Steelworkers local 1999, which includes the Indianapolis Carrier and Rexnord factories. Both have come under fire from Trump for sending some jobs to Mexico.

 

As part of its deal with President-elect Donald Trump to retain some Indiana jobs, Carrier pledged to invest $16 million dollars in its Indianapolis factory.

But that investment will go toward automation, according to Carrier parent company CEO Greg Hayes.

Trump Names Oklahoma Attorney General To Lead EPA

Dec 7, 2016

 

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Pruitt is notable for suing the EPA over environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan. Indiana is also party to that lawsuit.

Fewer jobs will be saved at Indianapolis’ Carrier factory than originally announced.

The United Steelworkers union told members in a letter Monday that the number of jobs saved is actually 800, not more than 1,100 as President-elect Donald Trump said last week.

Steelworkers Local 1999 vice president Robert James says it means 500 union members will still lose their jobs.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis and Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski talk frequently about how well they and their two cities work together.

It’s a key selling point for Greater Lafayette, in fact.

But on the county’s proposed needle exchange program the two appear far apart.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Mayor Dennis about a notable disagreement between the two administrations.

Also on this week’s show, what will West Lafayette’s reaction be to the type of white nationalist rhetoric that showed up in posters on the Purdue campus this week?

(Drew Daudelin/WFYI)

 

The news that air conditioning-maker Carrier made a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep more than 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis came as a shock to Hoosier workers and business leaders alike.

It remains to be seen how Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for education secretary, will influence schools national.

But the prominent Michigan Republican and proponent of private school vouchers has already had some influence in Indiana.

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Like many other places around the country, Purdue played host to protests in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

These were peaceful demonstrations which ended with supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shaking hands after airing their feelings.

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