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CityBus sees positive return on hybrid investment

Mar 15, 2012

The number of miles covered by CityBus during the past five years has increased 12%, but fuel use grew only 9%.

The transit service's 25% increase in fuel efficiency is attributed to hybrid technology. Twenty busses in the CityBus fleet are hybrids, at a total cost of $3.8 million. The local share was just $760,000. Government grants paid for the majority of the cost.

While they cost more than standard diesel fuel busses, they also save more money in the long-run. Data from the transit service shows fuel consumption has been basically stable over the past six years.

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Indiana Adds 13K Private Sector Jobs in January

Mar 13, 2012

Indiana’s Governor points to a recent jobs report as reason for optimism.

Mitch Daniels says figures released from January show the state is making progress in recovering from the recession.

Indiana added 13,000 private sector jobs that month, which is the most since January of 2011.

The state’s unemployment rate hit a six month low at 8.6-percent.

The rate in Tippecanoe County’s is 7.4-percent.  The City of Lafayette is at 7.6 and West Lafayette is at five-percent.

Wired magazine says it "sounds like something out of a darkly satirical science-fiction dystopia."

Purdue students helping Indiana tornado victims

Mar 12, 2012

Residents of tornado ravaged areas of southern Indiana will be getting help from some Purdue students this week.

A group of more than 100 international students is spending Spring Break in Marysville and Henryville, two of the hardest hit communities.

They will primarily be picking up debris and sorting donated items.

Steve Cain is a Disaster Communication specialist with Purdue Extension.

He says more than 2,500 people put in nearly 20,000 volunteer hours in the area over the weekend.

Cain says the total value of those efforts is roughly $376,000.

About a half dozen high school students and recent graduates from Lafayette are going to Japan this summer.

The group will travel to the city’s sister city there, Ota.

Sally McIntire is on the Greater Lafayette Sister City Committee.

She says the goal of the trip is to encourage universal acceptance and broaden the young people’s horizons.

Between five and seven students will be chosen for the week long trip in June.

The application deadline for those interested is April 1st. 

As Ars Technica describes him, Sabu was "a sort of hacker demigod in the world of Anonymous."

"If you couldn't trust him, who could you trust?" Ars Technica writes.

A man alleged by the government to be the leader of the hacker collective LulzSec has pleaded guilty to undertaking cyber attacks against companies such as Paypal, eBay and MasterCard.

Reuters reports:

"Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as 'Sabu,' was charged with 12 criminal counts of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking and other crimes in court papers in Manhattan federal court.

"The charges were filed via a criminal information, which means the suspect has likely been cooperating with the government."


The District 4 Response Task Force has more than 70 personnel and 30 vehicles in southern Indiana to help in storm damaged areas.

The unit consists of an All Hazards Incident Management Team, a Fire Suppression Element, an Emergency Medical Services Element, a Law Enforcement Element, and Services and Support Element.

Indiana organizations are partnering with a national campaign to get the word out about benefits available for senior citizens.

The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging (IAAAA) is helping to provide information as part of the You Gave, Now Save program. C.E.O. Kristen LaEace says too many Hoosiers are missing out.