General News

Former Purdue administrator awaits sentencing

Apr 25, 2012

A Tippecanoe County judge is considering the punishment for a former Purdue associate dean.

Judge Les Meade accepted Pablo Malavenda’s plea of guilty for one count of theft. He was arrested last October for shoplifting and accused of stealing about $160 worth of household items.

Theft is a Class D Felony with a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Purdue fired Pablo Malavenda from his job in the dean of students office shortly after his arrest last year.

A sentencing hearing is set for May 23, 2012.

Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

Local and state housing figures promising

Apr 23, 2012

Housing figures in Tippecanoe County are outpacing the state numbers, but both are improving.

Statewide sales were up more than 12-percent last month compared to March 2011. 

However, in the county, sales improved by about 29-percent in that same span and prices jumped more than 7.5-percent

The average price of all homes sold in Indiana last month was 4.5-percent greater than twelve months prior. 

And, homes sold throughout the first quarter of the year are going for about 2.5-percent more than in the first part of 2011.

INDOT closing part of McCormick Rd

Apr 23, 2012

The Indiana Department of Transportation is closing a stretch of McCormick Road in Tippecanoe County permanently.

A cul-de-sac will be built just north of Lindberg Road and another will be built three-quarters of a mile south of U.S. 52. The closure of McCormick is set for Thursday and due to the new U.S. 231 bypass project.

Tippecanoe County Highway Department Executive Director Opal Kuhl says roughly 1,900 cars use McCormick Road each day, and those will have to find a new way to go.

Money Smart Week in Indiana

Apr 23, 2012

Indiana is one of 30 states taking part in Money Smart Week.

The educational effort is sponsored in part by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Indiana Secretary of State.

Indiana Money Smart co-chair Martha Henn saysfinancial education hasn‘t kept up with the needs of today‘s market.

More than 100 events are planned in 27 Indiana cities over the next eight days throughout the week.

A link to the programs taking place in Tippecanoe County can be found here.

The Diversity Roundtable is sponsoring a forum on immigration Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Resa Hodnett and Elaine Doss about the forum, which will air live on AM920 and

More information is HERE.

Toast to Mental Health

Apr 23, 2012

An annual event hopes to raise money for two mental health organizations.

The Lafayette Daybreak Rotary is hosting a “Toast to Mental Health.” It benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness-West Central Indiana and Mental Health America of Tippecanoe.

Event Chair Ken Ritchey says there will be wine, music and auction items to raise funds for mental health programs in the area.

The event is Thursday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. in the Shively Club at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Pavilion. 

Food banks across the country are vying for $1 million. The money comes from Wal-Mart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” program.

It will give the grand prize to one of the 200 communities with the highest unemployment in the country. Food Finders Food Bank is in the running thanks to Lafayette and Kokomo being in the competition.

Development Director Kier Crites says if the money comes here, it could do a lot of good.  She says with the agency's buying power, $1 million means 3 million meals.

Purdue is celebrating plans for two new buildings.

Lyles-Porter Hall will house the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, and other health programs.

The $54-million facility will have an attached parking garage.

The $25-million Drug Discovery Building will house researchers from various areas of study to further the university’s pharmaceutical development efforts.

Both buildings will be located in the newly designated Life and Health Sciences Park on the south side of campus.

More than 180 people are receiving recognition for their volunteer efforts in the Great Lafayette community.

The United Way honored them during its 16th annual volunteer luncheon.

Purdue student Ryan Earl won the Marcile  Eddy Shining Light Award for his two years of service with the Lafayette Crisis Center.

He says a personal experience inspired him to get involved.