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Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Communities across the country celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month each year. This year in Frankfort, where more than a quarter of the city’s population is Latino, the city sponsored a first-of-its-kind festival to mark the occasion. The Latino community embraced the opportunity—but it’s only part of the conversation about their future in Frankfort.

Casey Abbett / WBAA

The Purdue football team faced a perfect storm of unfortunate circumstances in their game Saturday. Both of their best offensive players were out with injuries. The weakest pass defense in the confrence went up against a strong air attack. And a generally inexperienced team with ten freshman in the starting lineup was forced to try to pick up the slack.

All of those challenges, compounded with a road trip to the home of the 12th-ranked team in college football in Penn State. As a result, Purdue was dominated 35-7 by the Nittany Lions.

Jill Sheridan / IPB News

The search for pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia has so far been unsuccessful, but a new drug discovery center aims to change that.

The National Institutes of Health is gifting $36 million to fund the new center, one of two to be established nationwide.  The Indiana University School of Medicine will partner with Purdue University to develop research tools and technologies to identify new treatment options.

Alan Palkowitz will lead the center.  He was previously the vice president of discovery chemistry research at Eli Lilly.

Pete Buttigieg Opens South Bend Campaign Office

Oct 4, 2019
Annacaroline Caruso / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened his new presidential campaign office Thursday night in South Bend.

A large crowd gathered outside of the new ‘Pete For America’ campaign office to show their support. 

 

Buttigieg said there are several reasons he opened the office - like preparation for the Indiana primary in May.

 “It is very likely the nomination contest will still be pretty intense and undecided when the primary happens here in Indiana so it’s never too soon to be organizing right here.”

Joe Mackey For Congress Facebook page

The first Democrat to announce a challenge to Rep. Jim Baird (R-4th) kicks off his campaign in earnest Friday.

Joe Mackey lives in Lafayette, where he worked in manufacturing for many years. He lost a Democratic primary in 2018 to eventual nominee Tobi Beck.

He says his campaign will talk a lot about education, as well as an issue that helped Democrats pick up many House seats in 2018: health care.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The West Lafayette City Council is considering a resolution which sounds good on its face – reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 20% at a time, repeated every four years. But this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with John Dennis about whether that’s feasible even once, let alone in ongoing fashion.

Book Review: Tapestry

Oct 4, 2019

A huntsmen stumbles upon a mute girl lost in the woods and unfamiliar with her past. After taking her in, they slowly put together the fragments of the former life she has forgotten. The first of an epic fantasy series, this is the story of  Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue by Cady Elizabeth Arnold. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

courtesy Purdue University

The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette has announced a new campaign intending to make it easier for Purdue Students to vote. Their campaign called P/UVote is collecting money to help out-of-state students pay for new Purdue IDs. The new campaign will teach students about voter ID requirements as well as reimburse students who must pay a $10 fee to obtain a compliant ID.

League of Women Voters voter services chair Ken Jones says guidance from the Indiana Election Division means students who’ve voted in West Lafayette before might not be able to this November.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette developers are making progress on plans for Chauncey Hill Mall development. As new construction begins, local officials are going over comments received during last month’s public comment period.

Area Plan Commission member Ryan O’Gara, who is in charge of the plan, says they received some proposals for high-rises and other housing options.

He says the plan can provide a solution for Purdue University’s housing shortage.

Wind turbines line a gravel road in Benton County
Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

The City of West Lafayette Common Council will debate a resolution Monday to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy sources.

The plan calls to reduce carbon emissions by twenty percent, with an additional twenty percent drop every four years thereafter.

“We’re now getting to the point where we’re ruining out oxygen," Mayor John Dennis says. "We’re sort of changing the way the weather works.”

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