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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Drivers in Elkhart County will now see police officers around active paving sites following several incidents last week.

Officials say they’ve seen more incidents this year of people driving around construction barricades as paving work is being done.

Last week a driver hit a milling machine, another driver rolled their car into a ditch while speeding on a recently resurfaced road, and a third driver clipped a worker with their side mirror.

The University of Notre Dame

 

The University of Notre Dame has implemented a new clear bag policy for all ticketed events.

Starting with the home opener against Michigan on Saturday all spectators will have to carry anything they wish to bring into the venue in a 12 by 12 by 6 clear plastic bag.

All ticketed events in the stadium complex buildings, the Joyce Center and the ice arena are subject to the new rule--including the October 20th Garth Brooks concert.

Berrien County Sheriff

 

The Berrien County Sheriff’s office has rolled out body cameras with all its patrol deputies and in the county jail.

Every enforcement officer in the Sheriff’s department--road patrol and detectives--have a body cam. They’re also assigned by shift in the jail.

The body cams hit the streets in mid-July.

Undersheriff Chuck Heit said they’ve had dash cams in the police cars for more than 15 years now. This upgrade is meant to provide more information and accountability.

 

Cultivate Culinary in South Bend is moving into a second year of rescuing food and providing meals with a few new partnerships.

Cultivate is a culinary school and catering company but most of its food is rescued from businesses that didn’t serve it and is given to people in need.

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When Michigan kids head back to school in a few weeks, some districts may have more money to spend on them thanks to a newly closed property tax loophole.

 

Local school districts in Michigan are funded in part by non-homestead property taxes. That’s a tax collected on businesses, second homes, and rental properties.

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An Elkhart company will pay $55,484 in back pay after a Department of Labor investigation revealed they were not paying workers properly for overtime.

157 employees at The RV Factory will receive money in the settlement over unpaid overtime. Workers at the plant were legally entitled to time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 in a week. The company was instead paying a flat daily rate.

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University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins spoke on the recent child sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church at the beginning of the Opening Mass of Holy Spirit on Tuesday.

The mass is to welcome students to a new year at Notre Dame. Father Jenkins said he would use the mass to do that, but said he ‘could not ignore’ what had come out of Pennsylvania.

 

Goshen City Council will vote tonight on an ordinance that would put stricter regulations on where in the city people can smoke and vape.

The ordinance would add e-cigarettes to the current smoking ban, increase the distance from public entrances where people can smoke and vape and add outdoor dining areas and public parks to the ban.

City Council member Julia Gautsche said she thinks the ordinance will ultimately pass.

 

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.”

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