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May 5th though 11th marks National Travel and Tourism week. In the Greater Lafayette Area, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is marking local sites and businesses with a Tourism Tailgate Party on Wednesday, May 8th from 4 to 7pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke with president Jo Wade, and director of communication, Sara Erickson about the event, and the impact of tourism on the community.

While Indianapolis and Bloomington have already created and implemented regulations on electric scooter companies, West Lafayette officials took on the issue of data security in a special meeting Monday night.

John Clare

Art on the Wabash is a local artists’ fair this  Sunday, September 23. From 10 AM to 4 PM at West Lafayette’s Tapawingo Park you can see this juried fair that features work from artists in a 15 county area. WBAA's John Clare spoke with coordinator Kathleen Atwell and photographer Alan McConnell about the 13th annual event.

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West Lafayette is gearing up to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors – joining a long list of U.S. cities going after painkiller producers in the courtroom.

More than a dozen manufacturers are to be named in the lawsuit, including Johnson & Johnson, Allergan and Purdue Pharma. They’re some of the companies responsible for such drugs as Norco and Oxycontin. The city will allege those companies, in its words, “deceptively marketed” opioids.

Opiate distributors will also be named in the lawsuit, alleging those parties failed to report and stop high-quantity orders.

West Lafayette To Study Indoor Recreation Center Viability

Jan 16, 2018
Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

West Lafayette officials believe the city has the money to build an indoor recreation center in Cumberland Park, but say they won’t sign off on the idea until it’s garnered enough community support.

A few dozen residents gave input at two Tuesday open houses. The goal was two-fold: ask whether residents want a rec center and gauge what amenities it’d need so people would buy memberships, says redevelopment commission chair Larry Oates.

“You’ve heard of Build-A-Bear, at the malls and stuff – this is our Build-A-Rec Center program,” Oates says.

John Clare

The 12th Annual Art On The Wabash takes place this Sunday at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette and WBAA will be there! This juried fair features work from artists in a 15 county area and is presented by the City of West Lafayette. John Clare has this preview with artists Gail Johnston and Laura Ricks.

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The city of West Lafayette’s total property value has reached a new benchmark.

In the 2018 budget ordinance, set to be discussed at Monday's city council meeting, the total estimated assessed value of buildings and land in the city exceeds $1 billion for the first time.

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 ** UPDATE ** Purdue Farmer's Market will open Thursday, May 11th due to weather

John Clare speaks to Emily Colombo about the opening of the Farmer's Markets in West Lafayette, Purdue, and Lafayette. The markets showcase local food, crafts, and entertainment. It's a tradition that is over 165 years old in Lafayette.

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West Lafayette is hoping to minimize the shock of closing one of the city’s most traveled streets by communicating with residents on the front end of the massive State Street overhaul. 

Starting April 1st, State Street will be shut down from University Drive to Airport Road. Segments of Tapawingo Drive and Marsteller Street will also be closed.

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West Lafayette city councilors may be at odds with some of the city’s landlords on the issue of building several new high-rise apartment buildings in the city’s new downtown.

The latest development, a 16-story building slated for the top of West Lafayette’s Chauncey Hill, won’t be the tallest building in the community—that title still belongs to the county courthouse dome. However, it is tall enough to test Federal Aviation Administration rules for building height, because its roof will rise to a higher elevation than any other building.

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