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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: local governments across Indiana are deciding whether to opt out of the state’s potential opioid lawsuit settlements in pursuit of their own – including Lafayette. How could the city spend potential settlement funds in the future, and what’s the status of current efforts to combat the opioid crisis?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: construction of Lafayette’s planned public safety building and parking garage is on the way after a groundbreaking ceremony for the facilities in the first week of May. What’s next as the new spaces take shape, and how will the city continue to incorporate public feedback into the process?

In our talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss how new Indiana law that gives decision-making power to local elected leaders as the debate over COVID-19 restrictions continues. How will the city work with the county on future decisions?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana’s statewide mask mandate ended this week, leaving it up to local governments to decide on stricter measures. While West Lafayette’s mask ordinance remains, Lafayette is following the governor’s lead and lifting the mandate – except at city hall, where face coverings are required for a few more weeks. What’s the reasoning behind these decisions?

After two years of construction, the City of Lafayette held the opening ceremony for the new Loeb Stadium on Wednesday. 

  

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: one year ago today, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a global pandemic, and local governments were rapidly planning safety measures in an uncertain time. A year later, what lessons were learned about the best balance to strike for the health and well-being of Lafayette residents?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 case counts are improving in Tippecanoe County, and more local health department restrictions could be lifted. What’s ahead for local businesses as they pivot to reopen more fully – and continue to maintain health and safety practices for the public?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 vaccinations have expanded to new recipients in Indiana, with Hoosiers 70 and older now able to register for appointments.  What’s the best way to connect older residents with the assistance they might need to get signed up? And how can local officials help facilitate a smooth process as more and more people become eligible for their vaccination?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 vaccines are headed to Indiana as the spread of the coronavirus worsens across the state, and as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the cancellation of non-emergency procedures in hospitals to ease the strain on a stressed healthcare system. What can be done to lower local case counts and rising test positivity rates as the wait for widespread vaccinations begins?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced new restrictions for counties designated as orange or red on the state’s COVID-19 map, which includes Tippecanoe County. How are local officials factoring in these new guidelines as they plan for the next steps to slow down the community spread of the coronavirus?

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: as Indiana moves further into Stage 5 of the state’s reopening plan, Tippecanoe County is still hitting the pause button on a fuller reopening of area bars and restaurants, though the relaxing of some restrictions continues – along with the challenges of balancing health and safety with the struggles of area business owners.

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This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the Tippecanoe County Health Department eased the rules on bartop service at bars and restaurants this week, but left other restrictions in their August health order in place. Could guidelines for earlier closing times be rolled back, or is it too soon to tell how the order is working? What kind of financial hit are area establishments taking?

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While the city of West Lafayette mandated mask-wearing this week to combat the spread of COVID-19, face coverings still won’t be required in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, officials said Wednesday. 

 

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A week of protests in Lafayette continued Saturday afternoon as several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. People came forward to address the crowd from a microphone about protest, police reform, the need to vote -- and holding public officials accountable.

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Late Sunday night in downtown Lafayette, a few small groups were still gathered at the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets, quietly talking and watching the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and surrounding streets. They were piecing together the past few hours.

Grant Vasquez was still holding on to a brightly colored sign. He and his friends described what they experienced as a mostly peaceful evening of protest that turned chaotic. 

“No one’s breaking anything right now,” Vasquez said. “It’s all peaceful right now.”

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A downtown Lafayette march planned as a peaceful demonstration Sunday night ended when law enforcement began releasing tear gas into the crowd. The first canister was dropped from the balcony of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. 

 

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