Jennifer Weingart

Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Jennifer Weingart is a reporter and All Things Considered host. She holds a degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University, prior work experience from WCMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and WDET in Detroit. She likes stories that involve passionate people doing awesome things. Her work is heard on WVPE, the Michigan Public Radio Network, Indiana's regional journalism cooperative and a few times on NPR.

Jennifer believes that Public Radio is where the best stories go to get told.

When she's not chasing a story she can be found listening to NPR podcasts while running, baking recipes off Pinterest, doing something marching band related, or reading anything that stands still long enough. She also enjoys cats, dresses with weird prints, camping and TV shows with quality character development. She is a fantastic whistler.

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Many schools in Northern Indiana start this week. Students will see some changes in a few local districts this year.

After Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made handheld metal detectors available to schools, many students in the area will see those this year.

Students at South Bend Schools will see new start times, 8 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high schoolers.

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  Voter turnout was high for the Michigan primaries last week with some precincts running out of ballots. Local officials don’t think that will be a problem in November, no matter how many people head to the polls.

Michigan clerks use a formula from the federal government to decide how many ballots to print for primaries. In general elections each precinct has to have enough ballots for every registered voter, even though 100 percent turnout is unheard of.

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Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks is planning an expansion project in Valparaiso amid continuing issues with Three Oaks’ wastewater system.

Journeyman is currently paying to have its waste hauled to LaPorte and Niles since the system in Three Oaks cannot handle the volume or content. The distillery began the hauling after a back and forth with the village over the wastewater system and Journeyman’s discharge.

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Voter turnout in primaries this year has risen, particularly among Democrats and yesterday, Michigan was no exception.

 

Berrien County traditionally leans Republican, but that doesn’t stop enthusiastic Democrats from turning out to support their candidates.

Siobhan Leonard is a field organizer for the Berrien County Democratic Party. She said campaigning for Democrats in a red county is about finding a middle ground.

Rich Eichholz for Congress

 

Rich Eichholz was the only candidate for the 6th congressional district not from the Kalamazoo area. He ended up at the bottom of the democratic primary on Tuesday.

Eichholz stressed his history as a scientist during the campaign. He based his platform on bringing clean energy jobs to Michigan.

In his concession speech at the Livery in Benton Harbor, Eichholz talked about the need for party unity.

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Michigan voters are at the polls today choosing who will represent each party in the November general election.

In front of Meijer in Stevensville just after noon on Tuesday, a small group of people stood waving signs.

Larry Weber was holding a sign for a county commission candidate. He says that they’re trying to get out the vote. “That’s probably the most important part for someone that’s running in the primary, it to get the people to vote and we’ve been doing a lot  of campaigning so we hope so.”

  Tuesday is primary day in Michigan. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are also accepted in person until 8 p.m.

The big choice on the ballot in for Governor. Three Democrats, four Republicans and two Libertarians are vying for their party’s nomination.

Locally the 6th congressional district primary has four Democrats hoping for the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Fred Upton in November.

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Local Jewish leaders are calling for hate crime legislation following anti-semitic graffiti at a synagogue in Carmel.

Graffiti at the Central Indiana Synagogue in Carmel depicted a Nazi flag and iron crosses on a shed on the property.

Hate crimes laws would allow judges to impose harsher sentences on those convicted of crimes motivated by hate towards protected groups. Indiana is one of only five states without hate crimes legislation. It’s been brought up many times in the statehouse, but has never passed.

St. Joseph County Public Library

 

The St. Joseph County Public Library has received a grant from the American Library Association to start a book club at the Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend.

A hundred libraries across the country received the Great Stories Club Grants. They’re meant to give libraries the opportunity to reach out to underserved youth.

St. Joseph County Public Library will be using the money to run a book club at the Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center next year.

 

There are crowded Republican primaries in Michigan’s 78th and 79th house districts.

The current house members in the 78th and 79th districts, Kim LaSata and Dave Pagel, are running for state senate in the 21 district. Both are Republicans. Ian Haight is the lone Democrat on the ticket.

With no incumbent in either district it leaves the primary wide open.

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August is the start of a surfing season on the Great Lakes. Local surfers are gearing up for waves and a few events.

Surfing is usually a sport that people need an ocean for, but the Great Lakes are surfable too.

There are people that surf on Lake Michigan year round. Ryan Gerard, the owner of Third Coast Surf Shop in St. Joe, says this is his favorite time.

“August and going into September we start to see more of those weather systems that we need to bring wind to make waves on Lake Michigan.”

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On Tuesday when Michiganders go to the polls for primaries there will be politicians on the ballot, but also a lot of local property tax requests.

In Michigan, and quite a few other states, property taxes must be voted on by those who would pay the taxes. But just because they’re on the ballot and you get to vote on them, does not make them easy to understand.

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Wednesday is the first days girls can sign up to be in Cub Scouting. LaSalle Council's office in South Bend is having an event to celebrate.

The Boy Scouts of America announced in October it would allow girls to join its programs. That starts August first with sign ups for girls in Cub Scouts, the organization’s program for seven to 10 year olds.

LaSalle Council’s office in South Bend is holding a sign up event from noon to 7 p.m.

Jeff Smith with LaSalle Council says the move was meant to cater to families.

 

Michigan’s primary is August seventh and it’s a little unusual. Michigan voters will see all the candidates on their ballot, but they can’t split their ticket.

Michigan voters will see three parties on their ballot this year, it’s the first time Libertarian gubernatorial candidates will be on the ballot, but you can only vote for candidates in one party.

That means if you vote for a Republican for governor, then want to vote for a Democrat for school board or state house, you can’t.

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