LSC board districts remain the same

Dec 13, 2011

The districts for the Lafayette School Corporation are staying the same.

The school board reviewed the makeup of each of the seven using the most recent census data.

Superintendent Ed Eiler says the districts are now more equal than they were previously.

District One which is currently represented by David Moulton lost the most constituents with the updated data.  It has about 1,500 fewer.

District Three gained about 1,800, which is the most of any.

Greg Eller is the representative in that area.

Indiana Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is calling on Congress to pass the payroll tax cut before the end-of-year deadline.

Speaking at a diner in Indianapolis Monday, Donnelly said Congress should stay through the holidays if a deal is not reached soon.  He says the payroll tax cut is critical for families as the economy tries to improve.

“What a payroll tax cut can do is it puts us in a position where it can put almost over a thousand dollars in every family’s pocket.”

Purdue Sports Podcast

Dec 12, 2011

WBAA's Sam Klemet and Rob McMahon discuss the Purdue Volleyball team's season, which ended in the Sweet 16.  They also cover both Boilermakers' basketball teams and the football team as it prepares for its first bowl game in four years.

Right-To-Work legislation is expected to be proposed during Indiana’s upcoming General Assembly session.

However, union groups and others are pushing back against it.

Becky Smith with the state AFLCIO attended a forum on the subject Sunday in Lafayette.

She says preventing Right-To-Work is about more than just wages and salaries, it’s a civil rights issue.

Electrical Union Member Brent Green says the proposed legislation will be detrimental to most Hoosiers.

The current and future economy means about two-thirds of jobs require a post-secondary degree.

That’s according to Bill Stanczykiewicz who is the President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

He says one way the state is helping those who not pursuing a four-year degree in college, but are still trying to earn graduate credentials, is through career and technical education centers.

Stanczykiewicz  says it usually takes about one or two years to complete programs through the centers.

LUM's Jubilee Christmas to Help Families in Need

Dec 9, 2011

Lafayette Urban Ministry is joining forces with local churches, businesses, and individuals to provide for those in need this holiday season. The 31st annual Jubilee Christmas Program is set to give toys, food, and clothing to 715 households and 1,900 children in Tippecanoe County. The initiative is supported by volunteers from around the community. Director Sandra Dunn-el says the event helps lifts the spirits of families going through challenging times. The Jubilee Christmas Program takes place December 10th at 25 sites in Greater Lafayette.

Half-Marathon Scheduling Causing Controversy

Dec 9, 2011

Promoters of a half marathon say they are going to have to change the date of their race due to the scheduling of a similar event. The Carroll County Community Center planned their Adam’s Mill Covered Bridge Half Marathon for October 20th next year in Flora. However, a group is putting together its own half-marathon on the same day through Lafayette and West Lafayette. Flora race Director Don Franklin says that is going to hurt participation of his event, which is needed to raise money for the community center. He says last year the event raise about $3,000 for the Community Center.

Man Killed by Train Identified

Dec 8, 2011

A person has been killed after reportedly walking in front of a train in downtown Lafayette.

Emergency crews were called to Riehle Plaza around 8 a.m. Thursdsay.

Police identify the man as Brad Babcock, 20, of West Lafayette.

Witnesses say he stepped onto the tracks in front of the approaching Amtrak train, which was bound for Chicago.

The incident is not considered at criminal matter, but is under investigation by the Tippecanoe County Coroner.

Holland Named Academic All-American

Dec 8, 2011

A Purdue football player is the 19th in school history to be named a first team Academic All-American.

Joe Holland was given the honor by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He has a 3.96 grade point average and recorded a career best 85 tackles this season.

Last year, Holland was named a second team Academic All-American.

He will play his final game as a Boilermaker in the Little Caesars Bowl December 27th against Western Michigan.

Holland then plans to attend dental school.

Purdue Police Prepared to Respond to Shootings

Dec 8, 2011

Purdue’s Police Chief says the university is prepared to handle a situation similar to the shooting Thursday at Virginia Tech.

John Cox says the university has an action plan in place to respond to that type of incident.

He says Purdue’s policies were shaped out of response to a shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Cox says Purdue is too large to shut down, but says there are several alert systems available to keep students safe including via email, texts, and sirens .

Process to replace Shepard to begin next month

Dec 8, 2011

Indiana’s governor will have a limited role in choosing a new justice for the state supreme court.

Mitch Daniels will appoint a new justice to take the place of the retiring Randall Shepard, based on three finalists submitted by a nominating commission.

The same commission will then choose the first new chief justice in 25 years from among the court's justices -- without a direct say from the governor.

Daniels is confident the process will produce a qualified candidate who is able to fill Shepard’s shoes.

Man hit and killed by train in Lafayette

Dec 8, 2011

Police say the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train in Lafayette this morning was a white male in his early 20s.

 The incident occurred around 8am near the station at Riehle Plaza.

 Witnesses told investigators the young man walked onto the tracks.

 He was pronounced dead on the scene.

 The deceased’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.




Purdue Tops Western Carolina

Dec 7, 2011

Purdue’s men’s basketball team rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 65-60 win over Western Carolina.

The Boilers were down at halftime, but regained the lead early in the second period en route to their eighth win of the season

Head Coach Matt Painter says his team’s struggles are due in part to ailing physically, but says they need to also be mentally stronger.

The win is the 23rd in a row for Purdue inside Mackey Arena.

Robbie Hummel led all scorers with 19 and Lewis Jackson added 15.

Purdue Program Helps Student Veterans

Dec 7, 2011

A Purdue-based organization is giving money to student service members and veterans across the state to pursue a college degree.

The Military Family Research Institute is giving $7,000 to programs at four higher education institutions.

The grants which are funded by Purdue’s Operation Diploma are intended to help service members transition to campus life.

Since 2008, the initiative has given nearly $2.5-million to higher education institutions and student veterans’ organizations.

SIA Foundation Awards Eight Grants

Dec 6, 2011

Eight non-profit groups in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are receiving grants for projects.

The money comes from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Foundation.

The largest award of $7,395 went to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for purchasing a mobile arts learning lab and to expand educational outreach.

Sunnyside Middle School in Lafayette received the second largest of the $7,000 for science tables and chairs education.

Lafayette Housing Authority was awarded $3,168.