The seven members of the West Lafayette City Council took the oath of office Monday night.

All members are returning to their seats after winning re-election last month.

President Ann Hunt says one area of focus over the next year will be keeping the city’s water clean.

She also says a major challenge is keeping health care costs low and maintaining city services while keeping the budget steady or reduced.

Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes and Mayor John Dennis also took their oaths of office.

It’s the second term for Dennis.

Purdue Sports Podcast

Dec 5, 2011

Sam Klemet and Rob McMahon discuss the Purdue football team's selection to the Little Caesars Bowl, the Boilermakers Volleyball team's trip to the Sweet Sixteen, and recap the week for both the men's and women's basketball squads.

Tippecanoe County officials are moving forward with plans to use a new company to handle hazardous waste removal.

Commissioners gave a preliminary vote last month to disband from the Wildcat Creek Solid Waste District, which currently handles hazardous waste disposal.

Monday, they gave preliminary approval for a contract with Southside Landfill out of Knightstown to handle the service for four-thousand-dollars a month.

No conference was under more scrutiny than the Big Ten this football season.

Before the year even started, the conference was plagued with scandal.  Ohio State suspended five of its best players and fired one of the most successful coaches in Big Ten history – Jim Tressel - as the result of a series of events that involved players receiving tattoos and other benefits in exchange for memorabilia.

We The Animals

Dec 2, 2011

We the Animals, a debut novel by Justin Torres.  The book is narrated by the youngest of three sons as chapter by chapter they 'tear' their way through childhood.

Wolf Park Opens New Educational Center

Dec 1, 2011

Tippecanoe County residents have a new resource to learn about wolves.

Wolf Park in Battle Ground officially unveiled its new educational facility, Thursday.

The Wright Center will be used for information programs, conferences, and large events.

Park Managing Director Elizabeth Rose says it will give greater access to those who come to the park.

Last year, about 3,500 students came to the park and there were 18,000 visitors total.

Wolf Park currently features 14 wolves and officials hope to breed even more this winter. 

Local Groups Raise Awareness on World Aids Day

Dec 1, 2011

Local organizations are hosting events to raise awareness about AIDS.

Thursday is World AIDS Day and groups such as Planned Parenthood of Indiana are getting involved to try to combat the disease.

President Betty Cockrum says the virus is spreading throughout of state.

The city of Lafayette has collected nearly $3-million in storm water fees over the past year-and-a-half.

The money will be used for studies and projects to collect runoff, specifically into the Wabash River.

Comptroller Mike Jones says some work has already begun including staffing, purchasing equipment, and surveillance.

He says the amount collected would have been greater but the city offered a 20-percent reduced rate during the first six months.

Jones says that was to help ease the fee into place.

The United States faces a broad set of national security challenges that require deep scientific understanding.  That’s according to Paul Hommert, who delivered a lecture to Purdue students and faculty Wednesday morning.

He currently serves as director of Sandia  National Laboratories, which falls under the authority of the federal government’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Lafayette retrofitting project moving forward

Nov 30, 2011

A home in Lafayette's Vinton neighborhood is undergoing a number of projects to make it more energy efficient.

It's part of a joint effort between the city and Purdue to encourage the community to take on similar work on their own homes.

Purdue Building Construction Management Assistant Professor Mark Shaurette says doing so can reduce energy costs by as much as 30-percent.

The work is funded through a $1-million grant from the U.S Department of Energy.