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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Purdue President Mitch Daniels, and officials with Saab gathered in West Lafayette Wednesday for the grand opening of a new manufacturing and research facility.

The Swedish-based aerospace company expects to bring 300 new jobs to the area by 2027.

The event felt at times like a rock concert: huge video projections of jets and waving American flags were paired with blaring guitar music. 

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Confront the Climate Crisis, a group of students from across the state, held a press conference in West Lafayette on Friday with State Senator Ron Alting (R-Lafayette).

The event began with a march from the West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High school down to the Wabash River. 

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) visited West Lafayette Friday to promote the $3.5 trillion dollar budget resolution currently moving through Congress. 

The rally was part of a two-stop trip to West Lafayette and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sanders’ visits to both Indiana and Iowa this weekend are being billed as a way to reach out to voters in more conservative areas.

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City officials from Bloomington, Carmel, and West Lafayette — and other Indiana lawmakers — sent a letter to Duke Energy this week urging the utility to make a faster transition to renewable energy. Some cities worry Duke will keep them from reaching their goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Courtesy of Confront the Climate Crisis

High school students in Indiana are working with a state lawmaker to craft a bill addressing climate change. The group formed out of frustration that despite multiple protests and letters, Indiana lawmakers haven’t passed climate legislation.

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Purdue University and the City of West Lafayette both announced on Friday they will reinstate indoor mask mandates for students, staff, and visitors to campus or city buildings regardless of vaccination status.

 

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, along with Greater Lafayette and university healthcare leaders, signed an open letter to Tippecanoe County’s health officer Tuesday urging him to allow the health department’s bar and restaurant order -- enforced since August -- to remain in place for another

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.