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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An ordinance that would ban large-scale wind farms from Tippecanoe County is moving on to county commissioners for approval and implementation. The Area Plan Commission voted to recommend its passage at a meeting Wednesday.

Meeting attendants argued both for and against wind turbines. That’s a change from previous discussions of the proposed ban, which were mostly opposed to wind farm development.

Those in favor of wind farms say the ban is a step back for Tippecanoe County and limits potential developments in sustainable, green energy.

Courtesy: Akuo Energy

Two days after the approval of Montgomery County’s first comprehensive plan for development, county commissioners released a draft zoning ordinance – under threat of a lawsuit. The proposed ordinance includes strict regulations for wind turbines, which have been the source of a contentious debate in the county.

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Crawfordsville is making an effort to improve walkability and safety around town, starting with its schools. The city is updating school zone speed limits and locations for the first time in 35 years.

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Montgomery County finally has a comprehensive plan for economic development. Commissioners approved a proposed plan for implementation at their meeting Monday.

The document is a set of guidelines based on surveys and research of the community. Without such a plan, Indiana counties can’t enact zoning or planning. Residents have voiced concerns over the changes zoning might bring to the community. And even on the day it was passed, commissioners heard testimony for and against the plan.

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A draft comprehensive plan for Montgomery County was overwhelmingly approved by the county Plan Commission Wednesday, with only one member voting against it. If approved by county commissioners, it will be the first such plan for the county.

Project manager Chris Hamm presented the plan draft to the commission. He says many residents would like to preserve what Montgomery County already has.

“They want the vast majority of Montgomery County to stay rural, to stay agricultural,” he says. “And you can do that as part of this planning process.”

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A bill limiting the regulatory powers of small towns and cities passed out of an Indiana House committee Tuesday. The legislation would prevent boards from halting developments within four miles of their city limits due to health and safety concerns.

Debate has centered on wind farms, particularly proposals in Montgomery and Henry counties. Wind companies argue the four-mile radius limits the amount of land they can develop, while opponents say the so-called extraterritorial powers help mitigate concerns about perceived health risks caused by turbines.

Wind turbines line a gravel road in Benton County
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As the debate about wind power  continues in West Central Indiana, proposed legislation could limit small towns’ ability to regulate turbine construction near their community. A bill reducing extraterritorial powers goes to the House Committee on Government Reduction for a vote Tuesday.

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Tippecanoe County residents got a glimpse into the past Thursday as members of the historical association and Lafayette Fire Department worked together to open a time capsule.

The time capsule was found cemented to the bottom of a boulder that has served as a memorial for the Spanish-American War since 1931. Construction workers were moving the boulder during renovations on other areas of the park.

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Children are reaching out to text-based crisis communication hotlines to seek help for mental illness. But a Purdue University study finds they’re also using them as a method to report abuse.

Montgomery County Website

Montgomery County lawmakers are preparing to approve the county’s first comprehensive plan for economic development. The final draft of the plan was published to the county website last week.

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