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The U.S Postal Service is consolidating four mail processing and distribution centers, including the one in Lafayette.

The USPS is moving all mail operations there to Indianapolis in an effort to cut costs.

Postal Service officials say the system is operating with a deficit due to overpayment to retirement accounts and increased costs.

The mail volume has dropped by about 25-percent over the past six years.

Indiana Veterans Home changes health care provider

Feb 22, 2012

The Indiana Veterans Home has undergone some changes in the past month.

New doctors, specialists, therapists, and nurses are treating residents of the facility on North River Road in West Lafayette.

Superintendent Tony Stewart says the goal of switching to Indianapolis-based Preferred Home Health Care is to improve front-end care and avoid external hospitalizations.

He says reaction to the changes has been positive for the most part.

The Indiana Veterans' Home is a state-operated facility under the administration of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.

A pair of Korean companies is showing what their technology can do to help local firefighters.

HoyaRobot and DRB have built robots used to fight fires.

HoyaRobot’s device is a small one that uses a camera to help find people trapped in a burning building.  DRB’s is designed to go into a blaze and spray water to reduce the risk for firefighters.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says the technology has great potential for the department in the future, particularly to fight larger fires.

Tippecanoe Home Sales Figures A Mixed Bag

Feb 20, 2012

The number of home sales in Tippecanoe County last month was less than it was a year ago.

However, sales prices have increased over that span.

Indiana Association of Realtors reports the county’s sales dropped 2.5-percent over the past twelve months.

There were about 40 fewer homes sold this January compared to last year.

Among surrounding counties, only Benton, Boone, Montgomery, and White experienced an increase in home sales.

But, the median sales price of homes in Tippecanoe is up $1,000 to $124,000.

Purdue’s Global Policy Research Institute is sponsoring a lecture on campus from a former Jordanian diplomat.

Marwan Muasher was Jordan’s first ambassador to Israel in 1994. He later held the same position in the United States.

He began his career as a journalist after receiving a PhD in electrical engineering from Purdue.

His talk Monday night deals with leadership and policy changes resulting from last year’s uprisings in the Middle East. It also focuses on how the West should approach international relations with developing Arab democracies.

Hanna Community Center leader resigns

Feb 17, 2012
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The Hanna Community Center is changing its leadership. The board of the Lafayette non-profit accepted the resignation of Dewayne Moffitt.

He’s served as executive director since 2008. A news release from the board did not give a reason for the departure.

Former board member Sanders Howse will serve as interim executive director. The board hopes to hire a new leader for Hanna Center this spring.

Measles Reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties

Feb 15, 2012

Indiana’s Department of Health is investigating more than a dozen cases of measles in the state.

Outbreaks have been reported in Boone and Hamilton Counties.

Commissioner Greg Larkin expects the number of cases to increase.

He says symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about ten days after exposure to the virus.

Those who believe they may be infected are encouraged to contact a doctor.

The state has set up a hotline to answer questions about measles.  Call 877-826-011 for more information.

Brother N Others fire investigation

Feb 10, 2012

A fire that destroyed a bar on the north side of Lafayette does not seem to be intentionally set.

Although, officials say it’s still early in the investigation of the blaze at Brothers N Others on Sagamore Parkway North.

The fire department responded to the call around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

A fire destroyed a nearby bar in September, 2010, as well. However, officials believe the fire at Cox’s Pub was intentionally set.