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Residents of a southwest side neighborhood took one last stand at Monday’s Lafayette City Council meeting, hoping to block a Habitat for Humanity subdivision.

Three women spoke in opposition – with one saying a house slated to be torn down belonged to her family in the past, while the other two focused on fire safety concerns that Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says aren’t a problem.

One of the detractors, Ann Miller, says she’s also concerned about the people who live in the houses.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says officials will work to help displaced families from a lead-contaminated public housing complex in East Chicago.

Carson met privately Monday with some residents and local lawmakers near the now-empty West Calumet Housing Complex. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland joined the discussion.

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A new West Lafayette law could extensively regulate private and commercial drone-flying in the city limits.

The West Lafayette city council is set to hear an ordinance this evening that places new flight rules on drones, such as keeping the aircraft within the pilot’s line of sight at all times and prohibiting flying more than 50 feet in the air.

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The city of West Lafayette’s total property value has reached a new benchmark.

In the 2018 budget ordinance, set to be discussed at Monday's city council meeting, the total estimated assessed value of buildings and land in the city exceeds $1 billion for the first time.

 

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says the Senate will aim to prevent President Donald Trump from cutting off subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Through the Affordable Care Act, the government provides subsidies for co-pays and deductibles to help reduce the cost of insurance to consumers.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will sit down with state lawmakers at East Chicago’s lead-contaminated public housing complex Monday.

The visit comes five months after three Indiana congressmen invited Carson to the USS Lead Superfund site, which is contaminated with high levels of lead and arsenic from old factories.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the creation of a new state cabinet position to focus on talent development and recruitment. LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo will become the state’s first Secretary of Career Connections and Talent.

Holcomb says Milo, in her new role, will work with state agencies, the business community, and higher education institutions. The goal is to ensure workforce development priorities are aligned to help meet future job needs.

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The city of Crawfordsville completed its final budget workshop Monday night, and despite a 10-percent health insurance premium increase, the mayor says it could have been much worse.

During the meeting, Crawfordsville mayor Todd Barton said at the county level, premiums are going up 20-percent. The city’s employees are also receiving a two-percent salary increase.

The majority of the city’s departments have little to no significant change in their budget for next year, which Barton says is due to planning.

State To Launch Savings Program For Disabled Hoosiers

Jul 25, 2017

The federal government passed The ABLE Act four years ago – ABLE stands for “achieving a better life experience.”

The bill allows states to offer a program in which somone with a disability, or the parent of a disabled child, can create a savings account with special tax advantages.

In 2016 Indiana lawmakers voted to enable the program, and the result is called InvestABLE.

It launches July 27.

Repeal or replace? Senators returning to Washington have been told they will have a vote this week – but not what they will vote on.

Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young was in Whitestown for a ribbon cutting at the new AmerisourceBergen pharmaceutical distribution center Monday. He says he will vote yes to open debate on health care.

“My hope is that we can move forward into debate and it’s unclear what substantive vehicle we’re going to be voting on,” Young says. “What exactly the bill is going to look like.”

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