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With the Purdue lead at just ten points at halftime over Rutgers it looked like there was going to be a close game in Mackey Arena Tuesday night. But when the second half came to a close it was anything but, as the Boilermakers had soundly defeated the Scarlet Knights 89-54. 

Purdue dominated in almost all facets of the game. Their bench scored nearly 40 points, turned 19 turnovers into 24 points, and swiped nine steals. 

Purdue outscored their opponents 49-24 in the second half and shot 50% from beyond the arc, hitting 14 three-pointers. 

Indiana Death Row Inmate Suing To Block Executions

Jan 14, 2019
Steve Burns / WFIU/WTIU News

 

A death row inmate is suing the governor and state prison commissioner in an attempt to block Indiana’s use of capital punishment.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Roy Lee Ward says the death penalty violates several portions of Indiana’s Constitution, including the right to life and the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Ward was sentenced to death in 2002 for rape and murder, but has no execution date.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA

Lafayette’s Police Department has determined Officer Aaron Wright shot fellow officer Lane Butler accidentally this week. Body camera footage shared by the department Friday showed how rapidly events unfolded during Tuesday morning’s incident.

Body camera videos from all three officers shows a methodical apartment search that ends explosively when a large dog, which can be glimpsed throughout the footage, breaks free of its wire cage.

Indiana State Police

Indiana State Police say 50 pigeons found inside a dumpster at an I-65 rest area in early December are recuperating – and the birds may have been used for competitions.

Wildlife rehabilitator Kim Hoover got the call for assistance from the White County sheriff’s office around 3 a.m on Dec. 10, and headed to the Wolcott rest area at first light. She says the sealed boxes she found were “atrocious”.

“They were starving, they were sick, and nobody knows how long they were in there,” Hoover says.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

As we were preparing for this week’s Ask The Mayor conversation with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski, a surprise announcement came from Governor Eric Holcomb’s budget wonks: the state plans to drop its support for the Hoosier State Line.

Casey Abbett / WBAA

Despite freezing tempratures and brisk winds, hundreds of members of the Purdue University community gathered outside Hovde Hall Wednesday night to pay tribute to Tyler Trent, a Purdue student who passed away from a rare form of bone cancer on January 1. He was just 20 years old.

"Tyler Trent became a symbol and insparation to eveyone in the Purdue family, and to millions elsewhere," Purdue President Mitch Daniels told the crowd.

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA

Tippecanoe County drivers may be struggling to adapt to new roundabouts, with a spike in crashes at one of them in 2017. That’s according to the latest county Vehicle Crash Report.

The report highlights trends in traffic incidents, identifying the most common kinds of crashes and the most frequent crash sites. The intersection of Creasy Lane and South Street again takes first place, registering 81 nearby crashes in 2017, the year for which data was just released.

Stanley Morales / Pexels

Nineteen West Central Indiana school corporations have received grant funding to assist them with collecting data and analyze the needs of their students.

With the grant’s help, schools must now establish how they would change current programs to improve mental health and/or keep students from doing drugs.

Lafayette School Corporation has been collecting data on student health after receiving money from the Lilly Endowment in 2017.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

 UPDATED (Thursday, 2:15 p.m.):

Sergeant Matt Gard confirms the shooting review board will consist of the deputy chief of police, the captain of the patrol division, the captain of the investigation division, Officer Aaron Wright’s commanding officer, and two department members of the same rank. The breed of the dog in Tuesday’s incident was a Cane Corso, otherwise known as an Italian Mastiff.  

 UPDATED: (Thursday, 11:50 a.m.):                     

http://cancerresearch.purdue.edu/research-that-delivers/advocate/tyler-trent.html

We are all saddened by the death of Tyler Trent. The Carmel native left Purdue early last year to enter hospice care. He battled osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, since he was in high school. After camping out in front of Ross-Ade Stadium during the 2017 football season, Trent's story has become a source of inspiration worldwide.

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