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For the second time in two years, the White County Area Plan commission will consider a rezoning request for a confined feeding hog operation that is opposed by neighboring residents.

Gary and Connie Rice want to build a barn that would house 4,000 hogs on nearly seven acres of land.

To do that, the land must be rezoned from General Agriculture to Agricultural Industry.

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As the Religious Freedom Restoration Act awaits the Governor’s signature, convention holders say passage of the act could cost the state many millions of dollars.

On Tuesday, the CEO of gaming and fantasy convention GenCon said the potential discrimination he sees in the bill will make the convention’s attendees feel unwelcome in Indiana.

Shawn Smith works for a similar convention, Indy PopCon, which he says generates a few million dollars in economic impact each year. He says his organization shares GenCon’s concerns.

Name change for Lafayette area agency

Sep 27, 2012

The Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau has changed its name. The group is now Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

President Jo Wade says substituting the longer name with the word “visit” is an industry trend. She says it’s shorter, simpler and an easier to understand word for what their mission is.

The new Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette logo is on the group’s website, which will remain

New IN tourism director visiting, promoting state

Aug 30, 2012

Indiana’s new executive director of the office of tourism is visiting different parts of the state.

Mark Newman took over the job earlier this month. He most recent worked for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as its vice president of marketing and communications.

Newman says the industry brings in $10 billion each year and he wants to keep the momentum going.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Jo Wade, president of the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Sara Erickson, social media specialist with the bureau, about things to do in and around Lafayette.

The CVB is hosting a tailgate party Tuesday, May 8th from 4-7 p.m. at the bureau, 301 Frontage Rd, Lafayette.