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.

Purdue downs Miami in Big Ten - ACC Challenge

Nov 30, 2011

The Purdue men's basketball team gave its conference a boost.

The Boilers beat Miami 76-65 in the Big Ten - ACC Challenge.

Robbie Hummel led the team with a game-high 17-points.

He says the victory is especially important because it represents the entire league.

Lewis Jackson added 15-points and Terone Johnson scored 13 for Purdue, which has now won in the Challenge three straight years.

During Tuesday’s game, the school honored last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year and consensus All-American, JaJuan Johnson, by raising his number to the rafters.

IU Health Arnett clarifies medical error

Nov 30, 2011

The Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at Lafayette's IU Health Arnett Hospital says a new study does not accurately portray an incident that occurred at the facility.

The state Department of Health cited the hospital for performing an operation on the wrong body part of a patient.

However, Jim Bien says what actually happened is an anesthetic was applied to the wrong leg.

He says the mistake was discovered before surgery and the operation went as planned.

The department of health's report cited 107 errors at hospitals last year.

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette put 18 families in homes this year.  That's more than the 12 to 15 families they usually help during a year.

Director of Family Services and Volunteers Cindy Taylor says they've selected some of next year's families, but can take on more in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

She says Habitat has already been working with eight families on the requirements to build their homes early next year.

The organization is hosting a celebration party Tuesday (Dec. 6) to honor donors and highlight the successes of 2011.

IN Gov. Mitch Daniels makes endorsement decision

Nov 29, 2011
courtesy Purdue President's Office

Indiana's governor likely won't be giving public support to any of the Republican candidates for president.

Mitch Daniels says he doesn't plan on making an endorsement before the primaries kick off in five weeks, and indicated he might not make any at all.

He thinks endorsements are overrated, and believes saying who thinks should be the nominee won't have any impact on voters.

Daniels says he is encouraged by statements the GOP field has made recently about spending and entitlement programs.

Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Ed Eiler says the public school system helps develop a more cohesive society. He says this is threatened by charter schools and vouchers.

Eiler says school-of-choice opens the door for segregation of people from different income, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.

He expects LSC to lose about $300,000 due to the state's new voucher law, with about half of that as a result of the 28 students who left the district to go to a charter school. Eiler says taking away tax breaks for these schools will result in diminished support.

LSC closer to finding a new superintendent

Nov 29, 2011

A half dozen people are interviewing face-to-face with the Lafayette School Corporation superintendent search committee over the next week.

These candidates were chosen after committee members conducted phone interviews with 10 people who applied for the position.

Officials say the search process is on schedule and they plan on naming the new superintendent in early January.

The person will replace Ed Eiler, who is retiring at the end of the school year.