Taylor Haggerty

My name is Taylor, and I’m the new general assignment reporter for WBAA News. I came to WBAA after working for WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana. I was born and raised in Michigan, in the metro-Detroit area. I studied journalism and English literature at IU, and the more I learned about public radio, the more I wanted to work in the field. I’m excited to start my work here at WBAA, reporting on issues affecting the Greater Lafayette area.

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After West Lafayette’s recycling drop-off center closed earlier this year, local officials struggled to find a way to meet demand from residents. The closure coincided with a nationwide upheaval as China stopped accepting materials from the United States.

China’s decision has had far-reaching effects, with major recycling centers closing or halting operation in multiple states.

Despite being a landlocked state that didn’t do much work with China, Indiana has also felt the impact. China’s decision has created a glut in the market – so even if facilities process materials, they may not have any buyers.

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Frankfort’s golf course may be under new management before the year is over. The city’s Board of Public Works is seeking proposals to manage the Frankfort Commons property.

Oliphant Management currently operates the course. Mayor Chris McBarnes says the search for new offers is merely a desire to see what else might be available.

“It’s definitely not a reflection on the job currently being produced by our management firm,” he says.

McBarnes says the decision is an opportunity to keep the contract competitive.

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Proposals to extend local roads came under fire at a Montgomery County Plan Commission meeting Wednesday evening. Residents voiced concern over eminent domain, safety and other infrastructure needs as the commission considered a drafted thoroughfare plan.

The plan includes several areas for improvements or changes, including some new roads that would add more connections to existing ones.

Hoosiers Rally Around Indiana For Climate Change Action

Sep 21, 2019
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Hundreds of young people gathered in front of the Indiana Statehouse on Friday to demand action on climate change. This is the second Youth Climate Strike at the capitol in about six months. 

“Personally I think we’re going to come back here as many times as we need until our message gets across,” says co-organizer Daniel Tanner, a sophomore at Carmel High School.

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The front lines of Indiana’s wind farm debate have returned to Clinton County, where residents gathered Thursday night to hear from researchers and industry experts hoping to build a wind farm there.

E. ON Energy hosted a public information session hoping to dispel rumors about turbines’ impact on health, environment and the local economy.

E. ON Midwest Director of Development Lael Eason says the goal was to start a dialogue with residents.

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Investigators have ruled the cause of a fire that ravaged a Frankfort recycling plant in July as “undetermined.” That’s according to a press release issued by city officials Thursday.

The press release states that, though they could confirm the fire started on the northeast side of the Werner & Son recycling plant, they could not determine what caused the blaze.

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Delphi officials have suspended curbside recycling pickup for residents. The decision is the result of a July fire that destroyed a Frankfort recycling plant.

Delphi Mayor Shane Evans says the curbside pickup is suspended until Werner & Son, the Frankfort recycling plant they previously used, is back on its feet. He says that’s projected to take between six months and a year.

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Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time.

The Nicholson garden sits just behind the school, close enough for students to visit for lessons. They learn about agriculture all year, and plant seeds in the spring. Three days a week in the summer, students and families tend to various plants, including carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes. As fall approaches, they harvest.

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Montgomery County officials are considering ways to change and develop infrastructure as part of comprehensive countywide planning.

That includes improving roads that connect Crawfordsville to cities such as Lafayette and Indianapolis, as well as creating alternate routes to areas that are currently difficult to reach.

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A block of Lafayette’s South Street was closed Tuesday after a portion of the historic EM Weaver building at Five Points collapsed overnight. A contractor was brought in to stabilize the building after a segment of the outer wall fell into the street around 5 a.m.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says firefighters at a station across the street from the building heard the collapse.

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