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2:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New IN law impacting Tippecanoe County’s election machines

Election officials in Tippecanoe County are looking for a new voting machine equipment and software provider.

County Clerk Christa Coffey says Indiana now requires certification if you use an electronic poll book.

“Our current vendor, Votec, has determined they are not going to go through that certification process.”

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Government
8:28 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge halts IN abortion drug law

A federal judge Tuesday halted enforcement of an Indiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion clinics that provide only chemical, and not surgical, abortions. 

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 requiring abortion clinics that dispense abortion-inducing drugs to comply with strict surgical facility standards, even if those clinics don’t perform surgical abortions.  The law’s requirements do not extend to the offices of private physicians who administer the drug, so it only affects one existing location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette. 

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Government
4:46 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sawyer resigns as state auditor

Gov. Mike Pence listens to Dwayne Sawyer after he is sworn in as the new State Auditor. (Aug, 2013)
Credit State of Indiana

Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer will step down just four months after taking the job. 

Governor Mike Pence appointed Sawyer in August, replacing now-State Republican Party Chair Tim Berry. 

Sawyer was the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office.  The Brownsburg native submitted his letter of resignation to Pence Monday.  In it, Sawyer cites personal and family concerns as the reason for his departure. 

Pence says he wants to assure Hoosiers that Sawyer’s job performance had nothing to do with his resignation.

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Government
1:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Lafayette tree inventory

Jeff Clark, an arborist with Purdue, injects an insecticide into an ash tree to protect it from emerald ash borers. The destructive invasive insect was confirmed in June, 2011, for the first time in Lafayette.
Credit Steve Leer / Purdue University

The four year process of taking an inventory of trees in Lafayette’s right-of-ways is complete. The survey does not include trees on private property.

Davey Tree Group began looking at trees along city streets, except for major state and county roads, in 2010. Project Manager Aren Flint says there are nearly 21,000 spots for trees, and a little more than half already have one growing there. The survey shows the top five species are Silver Maples, Red Maples, Sugar Maples, Callery Pears and Crab Apples.

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Government
4:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Ritz's lawsuit against SBOE thrown out

A Marion County judge has dismissed Indiana’s top school official’s lawsuit against the members of the State Board of Education.  Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled Friday afternoon that state superintendent Glenda Ritz wasn’t authorized to file it in the first place.

Ritz was chairing a meeting of the State Board at the moment Rosenberg handed down his decision.  His ruling didn’t touch on the merits of Ritz’s case against the Board — she charged they had violated state open meetings law.

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Government
4:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Lafayette hopes to remove "junk cars" from yards, streets

The City of Lafayette is in the process of putting cars where they belong.

Council members gave initial approval to updating the rules for parking abandoned or junk vehicles. The change means cars, trucks and motorcycles cannot be parked in someone’s yard. They also cannot be left on the street, in an alley or city controlled lot or garage for more than five days.

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Government
3:41 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

645% increase in drain maintenance fee for some Tippecanoe Co residents

The Hester-Mottsinger Regulated Drain in Wabash Township. The red section is tiled drain and the blue section is open ditch.
Credit Tippecanoe Co GIS

Twenty property owners who live in northwestern Tippecanoe County will see a rate increase for drain maintenance.

The roughly 19,000 feet of the Hester-Mottsinger Regulated Drain is in need of maintenance. The county surveyor’s office reports about 500 feet of open ditch are in need of repair.

However, the fund dedicated for that work is currently $3,883 in the red. Wednesday, the county drainage board approved raising the 94 cents per acre rate to $7 per acre for the next eight years. That will generate $34,094 to repay the current debt and make the needed improvements.

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Government
8:54 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Tippecanoe Co turns to IDEM to speed up landfill reuse process

The former landfill property along North 9th Street has a large pond to the south and is a short distance from Wildcat Creek to the northeast.
Credit Google Maps

Tippecanoe County officials continue to wait on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to move forward with reusing the old landfill on North 9th Street.

The property remains a Superfund site due to the presence of contaminants when the landfill closed nearly 25 years ago. However, cleanup work has removed the threat to people and the environment.

The county submitted a reuse plan nearly a year ago. Vicky Keramida, whose company monitors the landfill, says the E.P.A. has been slow to respond and now wants revised documents.

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Government
11:41 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Coats: Congress must reach a budget deal or face frustrated voters next year

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)
Credit courtesy Dan Coats

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the pressure is on the group of representatives and senators working out budget differences before December 13. That’s the date a conference report on the budget is due.

Coats says Americans are tired of the congressional impasse, and the two chambers working together is what he calls the “last chance.”

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Government
10:19 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Sen. Coats wants delay of ACA's individual enrollment mandate

U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) is pushing for delay in the Affordable Care Act
Credit photo provided

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) wants the Affordable Care Act to be an election issue next year. He’s pushing for a delay in the individual enrollment mandate, which has a March 31st deadline and carries tax penalties for not signing up for health insurance.

Coats thinks the more exposure Americans have to the law, the less they like it.

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