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WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Clinton-based Valley Professionals Community Health Center will Tuesday break ground on a new clinic in West Terre Haute. Chief Executive Officer TJ Warren says the facility will help address a need for affordable healthcare in the community.

The 5,000-square-foot facility will feature seven exam rooms, two behavioral health treatment rooms, a laboratory and pharmacy. The organization says services offered at the new health center will include primary care, behavioral health and patient support services. 

The health center expects the clinic to open in early 2022. The groundbreaking is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the site of the new center at 601 National Avenue in West Terre Haute.

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Phoenix-based Nikola Corp. (Nasdaq: NKLA) says it is investing $50 million into a clean hydrogen project in Vigo County. The project, being developed by Wabash Valley Resources LLC (WVR), aims to convert solid waste byproducts into clean hydrogen for transportation fuel and electricity generation.

The overall cost of the project is not being disclosed. WVR says in exchange for the investment, Nikola will receive a 20% equity interest in the project.

Nikola manufactures zero-emission batter-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, as well as hydrogen station infrastructure. The developer says the project is expected to give Nikola the ability to offtake about 50 tons of hydrogen per day to supply is future dispensing stations within a 300-mile radius.

“We intend this project to produce clean, low cost hydrogen in a critical geography for commercial transportation,” Pablo Koziner, president of energy and commercial for Nikola, said in a news release. “The Wabash solution can generate electricity as well as hydrogen transportation fuel, which should provide the flexibility to support future truck sales and hydrogen station rollout in the region. The expected efficiency of WVR’s clean hydrogen production should allow Nikola’s bundled truck lease, including fuel, service, and maintenance, to compete favorably with diesel.”

WVR says the facility will have the ability to produce up to 336 tons of hydrogen per day, which would be enough to generate about 285 megawatts of clean electricity. The project is expected to create 125 full-time jobs.

“WVR is developing a multi-product facility, where the hydrogen can be combusted in a turbine to produce clean baseload power,” said Simon Greenshields, chairman of the board for WVR. “The recent spate of power outages serves as a reminder that the market has a pressing need for a non-intermittent source of clean energy. We also look forward to working with Nikola to bring zero-emission transportation solutions to the Midwest.”

Construction on the facility is slated to begin in early 2022 and take about two years to complete.

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College says tuition for the 2021-22 academic year will remain the same as its 2020-21 rate for all undergraduate students. The college says its undergraduate tuition rate has remained flat since the 2018-19 academic year.

SMWC says graduate tuition will also remain flat for the 2021-22 academic year.

President Dottie King says the college aims to help students and families who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re working to increase students’ access to quality education during a time when many do not know what the future holds for them. It’s part of our DNA to put our students first, remaining as affordable as possible while continuing to offer an outstanding educational experience,” said King.

The college says its undergraduate placement rate is 95%, indicating a high success rate for its graduates.

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WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A home is destroyed by an early morning fire Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the 2300 block of North Orchard Place in West Terre Haute, near Saint Mary of the Woods around 1 a.m.

Crews told 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WTHI, they found heavy flames shooting from all sides of the home.

A 76 year old woman was transported to a local hospital for minor burns.

Fire officials said the fire was started by that woman who was smoking while on oxygen.

Family members were alerted by smoke detectors.

The Red Cross is helping the three adults and two children who lived there.