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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.

INDOT hosting Hoosier Heartland Highway meetings

Nov 22, 2011

Residents of Cass and Carroll counties can share their thoughts on the Hoosier Heartland Highway in December.

Representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in each county to discuss the project. It stretches from Lafayette to Fort Wayne along State Road 25 and U.S. Highway 24. The path eventually leads to Toledo with access to the Great Lakes.

Economist Garry Peterson is working with INDOT. He says once the project is complete, the benefits of the highway will be obvious.

WL to pay more for health insurance in 2012

Nov 22, 2011

The city of West Lafayette will stay with the same health insurance provider for 2012.  But the cost of coverage from Anthem will increase by nearly 20%.

City Human Resources Director Diane Foster says the employee contribution toward insurance will remain the same in 2012.  However, she cannot make the same guarantee for 2013.

Foster notes that the cost of vision insurance is not going up next year, and dental coverage will only increase slightly.

Indiana State Police looking for trooper applicants

Nov 22, 2011

Future Indiana State Police troopers have an upcoming deadline to meet.

Friday (Nov. 25) is the last day I.S.P. will accept applications to join the 72nd Recruit Academy. It runs from July to December of next year for 24 weeks.

Sergeant Kim Riley says anyone who wants to be a trooper should be self-motivated. Applicants must be between 21 and 40 years old before next December.

Riley says as many as 400 current state troopers are expected to retire in the next 3-5 years. He expects up to 3,000 applications with 60-100 people being accepted into the academy next year.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette officials have a better idea as to the cost of the second phase of construction on Cumberland Avenue.

The Board of Works is considering three bids, with the highest totaling a little more than $3.1 million.

All three options fall within the range of estimates previously given by the city Engineering Department.  The high end of that range is $3.5 million.

Phase two of the project is aimed at updating Cumberland from Yeager Road to Salisbury Street.  It includes two roundabouts; one at Yeager and another at Manchester.

All Purdue employees have the responsibility to do what's right to keep those who work, study, and visit the university safe. That's the message from President France Cordova in response to the ongoing scandal at Penn State.

Cordova sent a brief email message to all employees saying everyone should report child abuse or neglect they witness or have knowledge of. She says in an emergency situation, that can be done by calling 911.

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