Purdue wins Bucket, Hope's future in question

Nov 24, 2012

As the sun began to set on Ross-Ade Stadium, Saturday afternoon, Purdue head coach Danny Hope was perched atop some of his players’ shoulders while the rest of the Boilermakers were hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket for the second straight year.

“It was really a special moment.  I never had that happen before,” said Hope. 

Running back Akeem Shavers added, “It was one of those moments you see in a movie.”

Purdue’s 56-35 win over rival Indiana was a Hollywood ending, but whether or not a sequel is in the works remains a mystery.

Official portrait of Gov. Daniels unveiled

Oct 16, 2012
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

As Governor Mitch Daniels viewed his official portrait Tuesday, he told those gathered he hopes the accomplishments of his administration will far outlast Hoosiers’ memory of him.

The portrait shows Daniels standing in his office, without a suit coat, leaning against a chair and holding a pen in his hand.

Lafayette native Richard Halstead, one of 43 applicants, was commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to paint it.  Halstead says Daniels had only one request – that the painting not be artificial or unnatural.

Purdue's TAP has billion dollar impact

Oct 8, 2012

An effort at Purdue is touting its work to assist Indiana businesses save money and increase revenue.

The Technical Assistance Program, or TAP, reports it helped Hoosier companies increase or retain sales worth nearly $115-million over the past year.

That is about 265 percent more than the previous year.

Director David McKinnis says the goal moving forward is to work more with units of government. 

Local unemployment down, state figures up

Sep 21, 2012

Tippecanoe County and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette are seeing encouraging unemployment figures while the state, as a whole, struggles.

Both the county and Lafayette saw their rates fall a half-a-percent from July to August.  Unemployment in West Lafayette is down two-tenths to 5.6

But, Indiana’s overall unemployment rate rose despite adding 72,000 private sector jobs last month.

The state’s rate was 8.3-percent in August, up a tenth of a point from July.

New state estimates predict Indiana’s Medicaid costs will increase between $600 million and $2.6 billion over a seven year period once the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

The wide difference in potential cost calculated by Milliman Incorporated, the state’s actuary, is based on whether the state decides to expand Medicaid.  If the state does not expand the health care program, it will still see an increase of $612 million dollars.  If full expansion occurs, it would cost $2.6 billion.

AT&T investing more in Indiana in 2012

Aug 20, 2012

Legislation to deregulate the telecommunication industry in Indiana is credited with opening the door for hundreds-of-millions of dollars of investments.

In 2006, the General Assembly passed a law to allow more freedoms for those types of businesses.

AT&T Indiana President George Fleetwood says that has resulted in more Hoosiers and companies getting better communication access.

Monday in Lafayette, AT&T announced its invested $365-million in wireless and wired networks across the state in the first half of 2012.

IN higher ed gets mixed reviews

Jun 26, 2012

Indiana’s colleges and universities are getting mixed grades from a national report.

Leaders & Laggards, which works in conjunction with the U.S Chamber of Commerce, gives the state’s higher education institutions an A-grade for their policy environment and innovative online learning.

However, four year schools received a D-mark for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.  The report also gave a D for student access and success at two year institutions.

The study analyzed eleven categories for every state, grading each with marks between an A and an F.

Tax revenue last month in Indiana is less than what was projected in December, but better than a year ago.

The state brought in $719-million in February which is $29-million less than what was forecast three months ago.

However, the figure is $3-million more than what the state received at the same time in 2011.

February marks the eighth month of the fiscal year.  It is traditionally the month with the lowest collections because of the amount of tax refunds paid to Hoosiers.

Indiana one of ten states granted waiver from NCLB

Feb 9, 2012

The Associated Press is reporting President Obama is freeing ten states, including Indiana, from the strict requirements of No Child Left Behind.

The waivers were granted based on proposals from each state outlining how they plan to improve the way they prepare and evaluate students.

Indiana’s Board of Education has already approved an overhaul of how it grades schools.

The state‘s A-through-F grading scale is now attached to a new evaluation system that gives schools more credit when their student‘s test scores grow faster than their peers.

Indiana wheat crop on the right track

Feb 7, 2012

A Purdue expert says Indiana’s winter wheat crop is healthy and right on track despite wet weather at planting time last fall.

Agronomist Herb Ohm says the acreage for wheat is slightly reduced, but in very good shape.

He says Indiana farmers planted about 430-thousand acres of winter wheat for 2012, compared with the nearly 460-thousand for 2011.

Ohm says the wet fall delayed planting a bit, but the mild winter has allowed the crop to grow.

But he says if the warmer–than-normal temperatures persist, it could also lead to higher incidences of foliar disease.