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Lead Paint Found In East Chicago Emergency Housing

Apr 28, 2017

Lead paint was discovered outside emergency housing units in East Chicago, Indiana. The units are being held for residents of the lead contaminated West Calumet Housing Complex.

Through a public records request, The Times of Northwest Indiana found evidence of lead paint on the exterior of nearly half of the 27 units.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy says they now expect to have power returned to customers on the near south side of Lafayette by 6 p.m. today.

Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Miles says a tree fell on power equipment near South 14th Street and Central Street.

“We do have crews that are working in that area to install a new pole and they’re working as quickly and as safely as they can,” she says.

Miles says because Duke has to replace equipment, it will take longer to fix than this morning’s original estimate.

 

Convenience store owner Jay Ricker says he’s been targeted by the General Assembly in proposed legislation on alcohol carryout permits.

The proposed legislative language would bar Ricker from renewing his permits next year.

At issue are restaurant permits Ricker’s was able to secure at two convenience stores. Those permits allow them to sell cold beer and hard liquor for carryout – previously, the sole right of liquor stores and restaurants.

Three Die In Heroin-Suspected Overdoses In Vigo County

Apr 20, 2017
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Police suspect three Vigo County deaths could be the result of laced heroin. Authorities now say officers need to carry more of the overdose intervention drug naloxone.

Police say four people in Vigo County overdosed just this week and three of the overdoses were fatal. Officers started carrying one dose of naloxone in February of this year. Now some are carrying up to three doses. 

Sgt. Stephen Lockard with the Vigo County Drug Task Force says even that may not be enough. 

GOP Leaders Unveil Final Road Funding Package Details

Apr 20, 2017

 

Republican legislative leaders unveiled what Speaker Brian Bosma calls the “best infrastructure program” in state history.

GOP leaders say the funding package they’ve put together will eventually generate about $1.2 billion a year for state and local roads. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says that plan will last the next two decades.

“We’re not kicking the can down the road like they do in Washington,” Long says.

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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A children’s gym recently opened in Lafayette is one of few in the state to offer equipment tailored for children on the autism spectrum. 

 “Yeah, I like the arts and crafts, and this part – there’s a lot of stuff I like,” says Trenton Coleman, 7, about his favorite things at the new Lafayette gym.

  

A bill headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk would allow governments to charge the public up to $20 an hour for public records searches.

If a public records request takes more than two hours to complete, Rep. Kathy Richardson’s (R-Noblesville) bill says the government agency can charge up to $20 an hour for the work.

Former governor Mike Pence vetoed such a bill two years ago.

The Senate made a change to the measure, exempting title records search companies from having to pay the fee.

Local officials say their piece of the road funding pie needs to be a lot bigger after a significant decrease in the Senate plan. The Senate proposal cut local funding by more than two-thirds from the House version.

And while local officials obviously aren’t happy with the funding decrease in the Senate roads bill, there are other provisions they’d also like to see changed.

House Approves Vaping Regulations Bill

Apr 6, 2017

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to regulate Indiana’s vaping industry, aiming to undo a monopoly created by existing law.

Indiana’s existing e-liquid law forced dozens of manufacturers to either leave the state or shut down, leaving only seven sanctioned companies.

A federal court ruling earlier this year struck down the bulk of existing regulations.

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