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Some of the state and country’s foremost political figures gathered with more than 1,000 Hoosiers Wednesday to remember and praise the life of Richard Lugar.

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Long-time Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is being remembered as a giant in Indiana politics. The Republican died Sunday at the age of 87.

Lugar served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis before joining the senate in 1977. He served until 2013.

Along with Democratic Senator Sam Nunn he led the effort to help the former Soviet states dismantle their weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arsenals.

Lugars’s longtime colleague and friend former Indiana Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton says Lugar was known for his commitment to bipartisanship.

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One day after Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced university employees earning $75,000 or less would receive a $500 dollar one-time bonus this spring, WBAA asked people across campus exactly how they felt about the extra money -- and how they'd spend it.  Listen to responses from six of those employees below. Some full names have been withheld at the request of the interviewee.

Purdue University

Purdue University plans to give one-time, $500 bonuses this spring to employees making less than $75,000 annually. President Mitch Daniels announced the initiative at the University Senate meeting Monday.

Daniels calls the bonus a “modest gesture” meant to thank staff for the work they do. He says that work allows the university to operate without raising tuition, which he announced will remain the same through the 2020-21 academic year. Tuition hasn’t gone up for Purdue students since 2012.

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Purdue University’s trustees have extended President Mitch Daniels’ contract – but for how long is uncertain.

Starting in the 2021 fiscal year, Daniels will be on a year-to-year deal, with his compensation slated to stay at 2020 levels.

That includes a $300,000 “retention bonus” for each year he stays president.

Trustee Sonny Beck proposed the idea of continuing to increase Daniels’ annual bonus -- he’s currently in the third year of a five-year deal that will net him an extra $1 million in salary.

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A tuition freeze started by Purdue University president Mitch Daniels when he entered his current office could now extend until he steps down.

Purdue officials Thursday announced plans to hold tuition at 2012 levels through the end of the 2019-2020 school year – the same time Daniels’ contract as president runs out.

Daniels has long said he doesn’t think the school can continue the freeze indefinitely, and there had been speculation whether he would be the person to end it before his expected retirement from the school.

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Purdue University has received final approval for its acquisition of Kaplan University, now known as Purdue University Global. 

The Higher Learning Commission, the institution’s accrediting body, gave the okay Monday.

Purdue’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan has been marked with controversy ever since it was announced last April

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A ten-county area of West Central Indiana is about to get a nearly $40 million investment from the Lilly Endowment aimed at making farming and related industries more internet-compatible.

The cash is going to the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, or WHIN (pronounced “win”), which will send the cash to Purdue University as research seed money.

WHIN, which includes Purdue President Mitch Daniels and several Purdue trustees, will send the cash to the school’s Birck Nanotechnology Center, where much of the research will be done.

Low and middle income families can struggle to cover college tuition even after state and federal aid.

A new Purdue University grant aims to cover that gap for in-state students earning a first bachelor’s degree.

The Boiler Affordability Grant will cover tuition, fees and book expenses for undergraduates at the West Lafayette campus. Room and board would not be covered.

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With just one hurdle left to clear before Purdue University’s deal to buy for-profit Kaplan University is complete, several hundred faculty members are hoping to put up a roadblock.

More than 300 of them signed a petition that was sent this week to the Higher Learning Commission, whose accreditors must sign off on the deal before it can proceed.

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