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8:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Democrats say Pence's State of the State lacked bold ideas

Democratic legislative leaders say Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address was tepid, lacked bold ideas and serious solutions to the state’s problems. 

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says that if Mike Pence believes a governor should do little, he’s succeeding.  Pelath says Pence’s solutions lack a seriousness that the state’s problems demand, calling them small, symbolic measures that create the illusion of addressing issues.

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Government
6:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Pence to deliver State of the State tonight

Governor Mike Pence makes a pitch for his legislative agenda tonight, in his second State of the State address.

The governor rolled out his agenda two months ago, highlighted by a call to phase out the business personal property tax, and an expansion of preschool vouchers for low-income students.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects to hear more about those issues in the speech.

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Government
7:54 am
Fri January 3, 2014

WL Redevelopment Commission approves spending plan

The West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission has a spending plan for 2014 that totals nearly $4 million. The money comes from tax increment financing (TIF) districts.

Commission president Larry Oates says there are significant projects included in the plan, specifically road work. That includes work on Cumberland Avenue, Happy Hollow Road and the intersection of Salisbury and Navajo.

“And we will take Northwestern Avenue now from a state highway, since it’s been turned over to the city, and make it much more pedestrian and citizen friendly.”

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Government
9:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

WL property owners begin paying stormwater fee

The New Year means a new fee for West Lafayette residents.

It’s being assessed on homes and businesses to address stormwater issues, such as flooding and pollution run-off to the Wabash River.

Mayor John Dennis says the fee is needed to meet federal and state environmental requirements.

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Government
1:12 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Tippecanoe Co, WL approve Hoosier State Line contract

West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have finalized plans to fund Amtrak’s Hoosier State Line for one year. The city will pay $16,667 a month and the county’s share is $25,000 a month.

Mayor John Dennis says the agreement creates an oversight board made-up of the state and communities funding the service.

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Government
12:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Pence proposes billion dollar cities initiative

Governor Mike Pence says Indiana needs to help its cities invest a billion dollars over the next decade to make themselves more attractive to businesses and talent.  He is calling it his “billion dollar cities” plan.

Pence says young professionals are increasingly deciding where they want to live before looking for a job, meaning it’s become more important for Indiana’s mid-size cities to improve what he calls “quality of place.”  And Pence says that covers a wide range of issues.

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Government
2:35 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Loeb Stadium renovations, new addition approved

Workers layout the area for the new locker room at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The first phase of updating Loeb Stadium in Lafayette will begin soon.

The Park Board awarded contracts totaling $272,000 to Kettelhut Construction. Work includes building a new locker room off the right field side, where the grandstands were. Funding comes from the tax increment financing (TIF) district.

Senior Project Manager Alex Gonzalez says that project will be done over the winter.

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Government
5:35 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Governor Pence names new state Auditor

Governor Mike Pence has named a new State Auditor.

State representative Suzanne Crouch takes over for Dwayne Sawyer, who left after only a few months on the job citing “personal reasons.”

Crouch has been State Representative for House District 78, which serves part of Vanderburgh, Warrick and Spencer Counties, since 2005. 

Before that, she served two terms as the Auditor of Vanderburgh County.

Government
4:43 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

ISTA, IN finalize lawsuit settlement

IN Secretary of State Connie Lawson the final terms of a settlement between the state and the Indiana State Teachers Association.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Secretary of State’s office is sending checks to 27 school corporations after the state finalized a settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association. Delphi Community Schools will receive $590,303.35 from the legal action.

The settlement ends a lawsuit surrounding the union’s failed health insurance fund. It filed four years ago over a medical plan ISTA offered to teachers and school employees. The state argues the funds were improperly used on risky investments and to pay off long-term disability claims.

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Government
2:41 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Mayor of West Lafayette joins Freedom Indiana

Mayor John Dennis (R-West Lafayette)
Credit photo provided

The mayor of West Lafayette is opposing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

John Dennis one of several city leaders across Indiana joining the Freedom Indiana group. In a statement, the two-term, Republican says the amendment goes against the city's values.

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