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2:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes

The mayor talks about the changing face of his city's roads, business sector and blighted neighborhoods.
Credit City of Frankfort

Some questions for the mayor this week:

Shortly after we spoke last month about the city’s plans to possibly demolish blighted buildings, the state announced another round of funding to cities trying to do exactly that. Is Frankfort getting any of that cash?

You’re getting set to knock down your first home following the creation of the Hearing Authority, right?

You and I also talked last month about INDOT’s plan to rehab SR 28 leading into town and you said you thought it was on the near horizon. How quickly do you think that will start in earnest?

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Government
10:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Constitution Day Sheds Light On Knowledge, Congressional Differences

Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) and Purdue Fire Chief Kevin Ply compete in the school's Constitution Day quiz.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Here’s a quick and easy way to make public officials nervous: get them to play a quiz show about the laws they’ve sworn to uphold.

That sort of competition, complete with game show-style buzzers, is the cornerstone of Purdue’s yearly Constitution Day events, hosted by the Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship.

Two teams of local notables, including State Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis faced off, answering questions in a number of constitution-related categories.

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Government
4:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Lugar: An Independent Scotland Is Bad For The U.S.

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, once head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says the UK would be weakened by an independent Scotland, thus weakening efforts at peace in the Middle East.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA News

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) is speaking out on this week’s independence referendum in Scotland. Lugar says he hopes the vote that would separate Scotland from the United Kingdom fails.

Analysts say the vote looks tight and could go either way. Lugar, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says if Scotland breaks away, it‘ll change the face of the United Kingdom as we know it and directly impact the U.S.

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Government
4:29 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

BMV Plans Second Overcharge Repayment After Excise Tax Error

The state, for the last ten years, has overcharged people an average of $160 for every new car purchased in Indiana.
Credit Niels Paul / https://www.flickr.com/photos/nureinpaarfotos/4481300759

If you bought a new car in the last 10 years, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may have overcharged you.

The BMV will send refund forms over the next month to an estimated 180,000 Hoosiers who were charged too much excise tax.

Commissioner Don Snemis says a computer coding error improperly denied an inflation adjustment to some cars bought early in the model year -- and went unnoticed for 10 years, through three governors and countless BMV commissioners.

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Government
1:05 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski

The mayor says the city's core can be revitalized through increased condominium occupancy downtown and makeovers to dilapidated facades on existing storefronts.
Credit Lafayette Mayor's Office

Some questions for Mayor Roswarski:

We did a story the other day on the Fowler mansion and it got me to thinking about how downtown Lafayette must have looked 100 years ago. And the only conclusion I could draw was that it was a more bustling place then than it is now, with more shops thriving, more pedestrian traffic, etc. What’s the long-term plan for getting downtown back to that sort of prosperity?

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