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General News
10:28 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Kenley Concerned About Proposed Funding For State Bicentennial

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Indiana’s bicentennial is next year and Governor Mike Pence’s proposed budget includes funding for several parts of the celebration.  But the Senate’s budget architect says the governor might be doing too much celebrating.

The governor’s proposed budget includes more than 50 million dollars for several bicentennial projects.  Office of Management and Budget Director Chris Atkins says that includes money for a statewide torch relay, a Bicentennial Plaza next to the Statehouse and an education center at the State Library.

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General News
10:19 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Pence Proposes More Money For State Department Of Corrections, Prison Construction

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Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed budget, unveiled Thursday, includes increased funding for the Department of Correction and new prison construction.  But, it includes no money for local community corrections.

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General News
10:11 am
Fri January 9, 2015

2-1-1 Seeks State Support

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An Indiana phone program that helps connect Hoosiers with essential services will be asking for state support this legislative session.   

The 2-1-1 program went live in 2004, and since then it has been run primarily with philanthropic dollars.  On Thursday, lawmakers and a nonprofit coalition announced plans to file a proposal to fund the information and referral service with help from the state.  

Vice President of Public Policy for United Way of Central Indiana, Andrew Cullen says that 2-1-1 has become an essential service. 

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General News
5:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis

Now that the winter weather has set in, is West Lafayette stocked up on salt, sand and other supplies needed to keep the city moving, especially if the upcoming months prove to be as harsh as last winter?

We ask that question of West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis on this edition of Ask The Mayor.

Also, this week candidates could officially file paperwork to run for municipal offices in 2015. Is Mayor Dennis planning on running again?

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General News
9:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Purdue Professor Using "Prescribed Burns" To Protect Indiana's Oak Trees

A prescribed fire moves through the oak forest at Naval Support Installation Crane in Indiana.
Credit Michael Saunders / Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

A Purdue researcher is leading two projects designed to foster the regeneration of oak forests and improve wildlife habitat by burning smaller trees and other inhibiting plants.

Associate professor of forestry Michael Saunders Saunders led two prescribed burns in 80 acres of the 63,000-acre oak forest at Naval Support Installation Crane in southwest Indiana this fall in a project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Navy.

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