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Tippecanoe County will operate its own hazardous waste district starting the end of this month.

Commissioners signed off on disbanding the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District last month.

They gave initial approval to the establishment of the Tippecanoe County Solid Waste District today.

The county has contracted with Southside Landfill to handle hazardous waste.

Commissioner David Byers says a part-time position in the Soil and Water Conservation District will be elevated to full-time to coordinate the hazardous waste disposal and community outreach.

White still hopes to reclaim job

Feb 6, 2012

 

Ousted Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White plans to ask a judge to reduce his six felony convictions to misdemeanors at sentencing.

It’s uncertain whether that move would allow him to reclaim his job.

In the meantime, Governor Mitch Daniels has appointed White’s chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, as interim secretary of state.

A jury convicted White of three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft.

He could face six months to three years in prison on each of the counts.

A sentencing date has not been set.

 

After deliberating for 10 hours, a Hamilton County jury found Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White guilty on six of seven charges.

Those are submitting a false voter registration, perjury, voting in another precinct, casting a false ballot and theft. White was found not guilty of the most serious charge, fraud on a financial institution.

Indiana Becomes a Right-To-Work State

Feb 1, 2012

Indiana is now the 23rd Right-To-Work state in the country.

The Senate signed off on the bill Wednesday just two days after it was approved in the House.

Governor Mitch Daniels put the final stamp on the measure.  He signed it into law Wednesday afternoon.

Bill sponsor Carlin Yoder says despite challenges in getting the bill through, he thinks it’s the right move for the state.

The law prohibits unions and companies from requiring dues from non-members.

The Senate passed the measure by a 28-to-22 vote.  Nine Republicans joined Democrats in opposing it.

Indiana Governor Poised To Sign 'Right To Work' Bill

Feb 1, 2012

Update at 3:09 p.m. ET. With a signature, Gov. Mitch Daniels has turned Indianapolis into a right to work state. The governor signed into a law a controversial bill that would prohibit labor contracts from requiring workers to pay union dues, according to the AP.

Our Original Post Continues:

The controversial "right to work" bill was approved by the state Senate today with a 28 to 22 vote. Once Daniels signs the bill into law, which he is expected to do later today, Indiana will be the first state in a decade to pass a right to work law.

Congressman Dan Burton will not run for reelection in the 5th Congressional District.  He made his announcement on the floor of the Indiana House Tuesday. 

 

Burton has served in Congress since 1983, but earlier in his career he held seats in both the state House and Senate.  He says he wanted to announce his decision not to run again at the place where his political career began.

Looking back at his career, Burton says he’s been proud of his work as a legislator.

WL Hires New IT Manager

Jan 31, 2012

A former Lafayette city employee has the task of improving West Lafayette’s technology.

The city hired Anthony Newman as its new IT Manager.

He will oversee technology in the departments of emergency services, utilities, and the website outreach programs.

Newman also was a service manager for Roeing Corporation for the past two years.

He says those positions helped him become familiar with the technology needs of local government.

Newman’s position is a new one in the city.

It was created to enhance technology systems.

Wea Creek Orchard Growing

Jan 30, 2012

A Tippecanoe County agriculture business is expanding.

Perry Kirkman petitioned the Board of Zoning Appeals for a special exception that will allow his Wea Creek Orchard to host public events.

He says there is a community need for something like this specifically for people who want to have outdoor gatherings.

Kirkman already had large gatherings at the orchard in violation of its existing zoning.

Area Plan Commission Assistant Director Ryan O’Gara says the panel unanimously approved the request.

Charlie White trial begins today

Jan 30, 2012

The criminal trial of Indiana's secretary of state is expected to begin today.

Charlie White is accused of voter fraud.

Prosecutors say he knowingly registered to vote at his ex-wife's house, while living somewhere else.

The discrepancy was revealed during White's campaign for office in 2010, and caused him to resign from his seat on the Fishers Town Council and pay back his council salary.

He faces charges of voter fraud, perjury, fraud on a financial institution and theft.

Lafayette area residents will have an opportunity to talk to local lawmakers and share their ideas.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a legislative breakfast Saturday, February 11th.

League Publicity Director Deb Schwarte says the goal is to prepare the public for upcoming elections.

She hopes community members as well as Purdue students attend.

So far, two legislators have confirmed they will be there, but as many as six of them may show up.

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