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Purdue Announces Plans For Random COVID-19 Testing

Aug 22, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Students and staff at Purdue University will be tapped for random coronavirus testing during the fall term. Purdue already is requiring a negative test result prior to arrival on campus or a 10-day isolation if they tested positive. Classes for most of Purdue’s 40,000 students start Monday. Dr. Esteban Ramirez says the goal is to test approximately 10% of the campus each week. Students will have 48 hours to be tested after getting an email.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University students who oversee a small community farm are raising crops for local food banks to help feed students and local residents alike during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Purdue Student Farm usually sells its produce to Purdue food services for use in the university’s dining service. But the farm found itself without customers after on-campus classes were canceled amid the pandemic.

Longtime Former Purdue President Steven Beering Dies

Apr 7, 2020
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University has announced that former President Dr. Steven Beering, who expanded and diversified the West Lafayette campus during his 18-year tenure, had died.

He was 87. Purdue didn't disclose the circumstances of Beering’s death, but current President Mitch Daniels confirmed to WLFI-TV that it was not from COVID-19.

Beering went to Purdue in 1983 after serving as dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.

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UPDATE: The individual in Tippecanoe County tested for COVID-19 is in the clear.

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The parent of a West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School student is being tested for the coronavirus, according to an e-mail sent by West Lafayette School Superintendent Rocky Killion Thursday.

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Though no cause has been released, fire officials studying the blaze which leveled five homes and damaged at least three others Friday in West Lafayette say they hope it sends a message to policy-makers.

Wabash Township Fire Chief Ed Ward, whose department is leading the investigation, says the fire on Tesla Drive underscores possible unintended consequences of the area’s recent growth spurt.

The West Lafayette City Council has passed an ordinance creating operating fees and fines for electric scooter companies hoping to bring their services to the city. But officials say companies willing to work together with the city to regulate the scooters could pay less.

The ordinance requires scooter companies such as Bird or Lime to pay an annual fee of $15,000 to operate in the city. They would also have to pay $1 per scooter, per day.