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Days after West Lafayette’s Unitarian Universalist Church was vandalized with posters bearing threatening language, the community gathered to show unity Wednesday evening. Many say it’s just the first step to prevent threats in the future.

Government officials condemned those responsible for the racist and homophobic language by calling it cowardly behavior, and an act of attention-seeking. Religious leaders praised the community, and some spoke of the familiarity of the type of attack.

The following schools are closed today due to icy road conditions:

Benton Community School Corporation

Frontier School Corporation

Lafayette School Corporation 

Rossville Schools

Tippecanoe School Corporation

West Lafayette School Corporation

The following schools are on a two-hour delay:

Crawfordsville School Corporation 

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Leaders at the West Lafayette Unitarian Universalist Church -- where two banners full of racial slurs, veiled threats and misspellings were posted early Sunday -- are staying tight-lipped about whether they’ll increase security in the wake of the hate speech.

However, Reverend Charlie Davis says the church does plan to hold a Wednesday evening service full of songs and talk of social justice, in hopes of using the vandalism to bring the community together.

Davis says his congregants sang civil rights tunes during the Sunday gathering that followed discovery of the signs.

Speakers at the event represented organizations like Indy 10 Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood and Spencer Pride. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

More than a thousand people showed up Saturday for the Women’s March in Indianapolis. A diverse line-up of speakers focused primarily on this year’s midterm elections.

Public Schools Compete For Enrollment

Jan 18, 2018
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Indiana’s Department of Education released enrollment numbers last week showing competition for students between districts is heating up.

 

A House committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would help the state identify schools facing financial problems, but the bill has already been met with criticism. Both Gary and Muncie Schools were taken over by the state last year after their finances reached crisis levels.

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Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

Below is a list of school closures for Friday, January 12, due to inclement weather conditions. There are many additional school closures in the listening area, so make sure to check relevant websites and social media, or contact your local school or organization for updates. 

Lafayette First Baptist Church: no CCS

Lafayette School Corporation: closed 

North Montgomery School Corporation: closed 

Rossville Schools: closed, e-learning day 

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Jennifer Weingart

 

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Jan 5, 2018

Two bills filed in the Indiana General Assembly would give different ways for immigrants who graduate from an Indiana high school to be eligible for in-state tuition.

Since 2011 Indiana makes immigrant students who cannot prove state residency pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate. It is one of three states with this requirement.

Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) says Senate Bill 319 would help with a priority of the Republican supermajority: to better prepare students for jobs.

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