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Indiana's judicial branch released its 2010 Judicial Service Report and revealed the state needs about 597 judges, but only has 441.  This forces judges to work at 135%.

Chief Justice Randall Shepard says the issue of whether Indiana has enough judges for its caseload matters most to people who need to get into court in a more immediate timeframe.

“People who have a divorce or a child custody matter or some need to get injunctive relief.”

The Tippecanoe County Council is taking steps to ensure hazardous waste disposal is not interrupted during a possible transition.

Commissioners could decide to end a contract with Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District this month.

The council approved allocating $110,000 Economic Development Income Tax funds.

County Attorney Dave Luhman says if the commission breaks ties with Wildcat Creek, the money is needed to keep things running until a new tax rate is set in early March to support a similar service.

Indiana Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is calling on Congress to pass the payroll tax cut before the end-of-year deadline.

Speaking at a diner in Indianapolis Monday, Donnelly said Congress should stay through the holidays if a deal is not reached soon.  He says the payroll tax cut is critical for families as the economy tries to improve.

“What a payroll tax cut can do is it puts us in a position where it can put almost over a thousand dollars in every family’s pocket.”

Right-To-Work legislation is expected to be proposed during Indiana’s upcoming General Assembly session.

However, union groups and others are pushing back against it.

Becky Smith with the state AFLCIO attended a forum on the subject Sunday in Lafayette.

She says preventing Right-To-Work is about more than just wages and salaries, it’s a civil rights issue.

Electrical Union Member Brent Green says the proposed legislation will be detrimental to most Hoosiers.

Process to replace Shepard to begin next month

Dec 8, 2011

Indiana’s governor will have a limited role in choosing a new justice for the state supreme court.

Mitch Daniels will appoint a new justice to take the place of the retiring Randall Shepard, based on three finalists submitted by a nominating commission.

The same commission will then choose the first new chief justice in 25 years from among the court's justices -- without a direct say from the governor.

Daniels is confident the process will produce a qualified candidate who is able to fill Shepard’s shoes.

Man hit and killed by train in Lafayette

Dec 8, 2011

Police say the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train in Lafayette this morning was a white male in his early 20s.

 The incident occurred around 8am near the station at Riehle Plaza.

 Witnesses told investigators the young man walked onto the tracks.

 He was pronounced dead on the scene.

 The deceased’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

 

 

 

The seven members of the West Lafayette City Council took the oath of office Monday night.

All members are returning to their seats after winning re-election last month.

President Ann Hunt says one area of focus over the next year will be keeping the city’s water clean.

She also says a major challenge is keeping health care costs low and maintaining city services while keeping the budget steady or reduced.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes and Mayor John Dennis also took their oaths of office.

It’s the second term for Dennis.

Tippecanoe County officials are moving forward with plans to use a new company to handle hazardous waste removal.

Commissioners gave a preliminary vote last month to disband from the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal.

Monday, they gave preliminary approval for a contract with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown to handle the service for four-thousand-dollars a month.

Lafayette's Columbian Park getting new equipment

Nov 28, 2011

More children will be able to have fun at Lafayette's Columbian Park next spring.

Officials broke ground on an addition to the SIA Playground, which will include equipment designed for children with disabilities.

Parks Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg says they're still researching what type of things they can add, because there are plenty of options. He says new surface material might be included to help with accessibility.

Police warn about vehicle break-ins over holidays

Nov 23, 2011

The Lafayette Police Department is warning residents to double-check their vehicles before they leave them, even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Authorities say as much as 75% of vehicles thefts that have occurred over the past two weeks are the result of unsecured vehicles.  The study reviewed 51 thefts and of those, only 13 had signs of forced entry.

Lafayette police say that means residents aren’t properly locking their vehicles.

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