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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has withdrawn from a debate with his mayoral opponent, Zach Baiel. The two were slated to make their case during a League of Women Voters event set for Monday, Oct. 21.

Dennis says an invitation he received this week to provide welcoming remarks at a Purdue event with the Consul General of India conflicts with the forum, which he had agreed to nearly a month ago.

Baiel says the “empty chair” rule typically employed for debates—which stipulates the event is called off if one candidate won’t participate—creates a disadvantage for him.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette developers are making progress on plans for Chauncey Hill Mall development. As new construction begins, local officials are going over comments received during last month’s public comment period.

Area Plan Commission member Ryan O’Gara, who is in charge of the plan, says they received some proposals for high-rises and other housing options.

He says the plan can provide a solution for Purdue University’s housing shortage.

City of West Lafayette

For the first time in eight years, West Lafayette’s mayoral race has two candidates. Zachary Baiel is running as an independent on a platform focused on transparency in local government. Does West Lafayette need more transparency? How will having a challenger change the campaign landscape in the city?

City of West Lafayette

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, listeners weigh in on the recent closure of West Lafayette’s recycling drop-off site. With less than favorable reviews rolling in for Lafayette’s Ninth Street drop-off location, what new recycling options should these West Lafayette recyclers expect from the city—and when?

Wind turbines sit on farmland surrounding a home
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West Lafayette will not adopt a ban on large wind turbines going into effect in Tippecanoe County. The city council voted against the ordinance this week.

The ordinance prevents turbines over 140 feet in the county, and county commissioners say it’s to keep the land free for economic development. They have repeatedly said the ban isn’t a statement against renewable energy or environmentally-friendly technology.

But City Council President Peter Bunder disagrees.

“It’s also about environmental energy. And it’s - it’d be difficult to separate those,” Bunder says.

The Indiana Statehouse (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana House rejected an attempt Monday to raise the cap on rental fees cities can charge to landlords.

The Indiana Supreme Court (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Rental property owners in Bloomington and West Lafayette can no longer charge rental fees greater than $5 per tenant.

That’s after a state Supreme Court ruling Friday.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.

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This morning, WBAA's Wake-Up Call focuses on West Lafayette’s State Street reconstruction project and the effects of the extremely limited access to businesses along the street.

The owners of Von’s Dough Shack announced this week they’re permanently closing the business because customers are having a tough time getting to building.

Also this week, business owners learned the city will permanently close Brown Street will at River Road, eliminating a point of entry to stores near Wabash Landing.   

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As if there aren’t enough orange construction barrels on Indiana roads, drivers should brace for more.

Repairing roads was the priority this year when state lawmakers voted to return local income tax dollars to cities, towns and counties across the state.

How The Cash Can Be Spent

Seventy-five percent of the money must be spent on roads.

Lawmakers allowed local governments to spend the remaining quarter of the money they’re getting back on a non-road project or to put it away for future use.

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