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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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.

 

The city of South Bend is offering amnesty for additional fees on parking tickets on Friday.

This mean all late fees are waived for one day only.

South Bend has been doing parking amnesty day for a few years. It gives people with late fees on parking tickets a chance to save a little money, and the city a chance to make some money off tickets that may never have been paid otherwise.

City Clerk Kareemah Fowler said the idea is not to deter people from coming downtown.

Indiana State Police

 

State police officers have additional highway patrols out this week watching for people not obeying ‘move over’ laws.

Move over laws are used to protect those who work on the highway. Motorist are required to move over a lane, or slow down if they see stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks or car accidents.

Sergeant Ted Bohner is with the Indiana State Police. He said they look for it all year round but they have extra patrols out now to make more people aware of the law.

 

Pepperidge Farm has put out a voluntary recall for four different types of Goldfish Crackers that may be contaminated with salmonella.

 

Products recalled are: 

  • Flavor Blasted® Xtra Cheddar
  • Flavor Blasted® Sour Cream & Onion
  • Goldfish® Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
  • Goldfish® Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

The products were sold across the country. No illnesses have been reported relating to the recall.

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For some area teachers, getting enough school supplies for their students is a lot cheaper with help from the non-profit Teacher Store in Elkhart.

The teacher store is part of the Feed the Children charity. It carries all sorts of school supplies from pencils and rulers to posters and binders that teachers from approved districts can take to their classrooms.

The store has specific hours for each district and only teachers can use it.

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The University of Notre Dame will soon be working with communities in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties to pair local problems with possible solutions.

The Center for Civic Innovation will reach out to communities to find out what problems might be solved by research or project going on at the University.

Director Jay Brockman said the center is meant to foster partnerships and reach solutions together.

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