Barb Anguiano

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Habitat for Humanity International kicked off its week-long, 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday.

 

Former President Jimmy Carter told hundreds of volunteers, future homeowners and donors with Habitat for Humanity that he never intended to be a part of Habitat for Humanity as long as he’s been. But the 94-year-old Carter says it’s been a profound experience.

 

 

The Indiana State Department of Health administrative hearing to decide if the non-profit Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will receive a license to perform abortions in South Bend begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.

 

Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom-Miller says it’s still unclear what information the State Health Department was not given when the organization was denied their initial license request in January.  
 

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Three area Martin’s Supermarkets pharmacies introduced permanent pill dropboxes for disposal of prescription medications.

 

The drop boxes, which look similar to mailboxes, are the latest effort of the 525 Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription pill addiction.
 

Co-founder, Becky Savage says placing the boxes inside the supermarkets makes disposing of prescription medication safe and convenient.
 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his recommendations regarding the rerouting of the South Shore Train Line at the city’s common council meeting last night.

 

He says he'd like to see the  South Shore Line downtown. It would run alongside, if not be combined with the Transpo Station on South Street.
 

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The Indiana Department of Transportation held a public hearing yesterday in New Carlisle, miles from an intersection officials say is one of the most dangerous in the state.

The plan calls for what’s known as a “dog bone” interchange, or two roundabouts to help redirect and slow down traffic on either side of a proposed bridge on the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and State Road 2, instead of the stoplight in currently in place.
 

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The city of South Bend hopes to help homeowners on the west side, by increasing the amount of funds available for home rehabs, as well as new builds through the Home Repair Pilot Program. Homeowners in a specific part of town will be able to apply for almost $20,000 dollars in assistance for home renovation projects. But the new program has impacted more than just home repairs in this community.

 

Stacey Odom considers herself an activist for her community on South Bend’s West Side.

 

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The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors Automation Task Force met today in South Bend to discuss the effects of automation in cities around the country.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says while automation is the future, there’s a lot of questions of what changes that could bring to cities. Buttigieg says the focus of the meeting in South Bend is to brainstorm some of those questions with other mayors and industry leaders.

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St. Joseph County, Indiana Habitat for Humanity is counting down for the start of the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project during the last week of August. The non-profit hosted a “Kid’s Day” Tuesday for those moving into new homes to mingle with future neighbors.

Jim Williams is the President and CEO of St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity. He stands under a pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, as he tries to avoid a collision with kids present for the ‘Kid’s Day’. He says events like this help build a sense of community for those in the program.

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Elkhart and St. Joseph County Planned Parenthood facilities may see an increase in patients from Northeast Indiana after the Fort Wayne office closed its doors yesterday, amid allegations of harassment from pro-life groups in the area.

 

A notice on the main entrance of the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood office, set to be vacant on July 31st, directs visitors to Elkhart and Mishawaka facilities.

 

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It’s a stuffy summer’s day at the Elkhart Municipal Airport. The only shade available is under the wing of a massive Boeing B-17 that’s just landed on the tarmac. John Shuttleworth is a volunteer pilot with the Liberty Foundation in Oklahoma, which flies the plane around the country, giving access to hundreds of aircraft aficionados, or anyone interested in any way with the Second World War. The multi-engine B-17 is part of the  Foundation’s 2018 Salute to Veterans Tour.  

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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Goshen  as part of Saturday’s national protests for the unification of immigrant families. They hope help bring attention to immigration issues in their community.

Protesters gathered to tell personal stories of immigration and family separation, and to show support for those afraid they may face deportation. They also focused on children separated from parents, which has caused national outrage. Event co-organizer Marilyn Torres used silver, emergency thermal blankets to help connect protestors to the children’s experience.  

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The Community Foundation of Elkhart County and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce announced plans yesterday to study the best future use of the Tolson Youth and Community Center.

 

Tolson is set to close its doors July 27th, after the Elkhart City Council voted to not continue funding it, following allegations of financial mismanagement. The city has not yet announced what it plans to do with the center, which is under management of the Parks Department.

 

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South Shore Line train ticket fares to Chicago will increase beginning Sunday.

The 5-percent increase was approved by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District in May and will fund a new automated safety system aimed at preventing crashes due to human error.

NICTD (Nick-Ted) says the implementation of the safety system is part of a federal mandate and the only way to fund it is through fare increases.

One-way tickets from South Bend to Chicago will increase to 14 dollars and 25 cents.

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center in South Bend hosted its first Juneteenth celebration. Junteenth is a holiday focusing on the Emancipation Proclamation, and the freeing of African American slaves during the Civil War.

 

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863, though slaves in Texas didn’t learn of the president’s action until two years later.
 

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The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.
 

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.
 

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.   
 

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