Annacaroline Caruso

Reporter

88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Annacaroline Caruso has joined the reporting team at WVPE. 

Annacaroline comes to Indiana by way of the East Coast. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has radio reporting and producing experience from her work at WCBM in Maryland and at Virgin Media in Dublin, Ireland. She hails from the Baltimore area. 

Annacaroline enjoys covering stories related to the environment and public health. Although radio journalism is her first love, she also likes to create short documentaries. 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended his final Common Council meeting as mayor Monday night.

People packed into the South Bend Common Council room to watch Buttigieg give his farewell address.

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The beginning of flu season is hitting Indiana especially hard this year.

Indiana has been upgraded to “Widespread” flu activity which is the highest level possible. That’s according to the latest CDC Influenza Surveillance Report.

Friday morning United Way of Elkhart County officially merged with United Fund of LaGrange County in hopes to have a greater impact on the entire community. 

United Way is a national nonprofit that tries to create solutions for health, education, and financial stability.

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About 50 local activists faced the cold Friday morning for a climate strike at Howard Park in South Bend. It was meant to invoke a sense of urgency among city officials about the climate change crisis.

Activists sang songs about climate change and spoke about their own experiences before marching from Howard Park to the County-City Building.

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A Goshen woman spent 15 seasons working in Antarctica.  She’s back and shared her story with a group of environmentalists in Elkhart Wednesday.

Community members concerned about the state of the environment meet up in Elkhart every month for a group discussion called Sound of the Environment.

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The South Bend School Board approved a plan to get a referendum on the ballot in Spring. The referendum could raise money for the school district which has been losing millions from tax caps, decline in student population, and more.

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The City of Elkhart officially renamed the Donor Lobby of the Lerner Theatre after Art Decio, a local philanthropist.

The City of Elkhart aimed to honor Decio, an Elkhart native who’s a major supporter of the Lerner Theatre.

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Friday is National Adoption Day. Several adoptions took place this morning at the St. Joseph Probate Court in celebration.

Families entered the courtroom one after another  some to finalize adoptions with step parents and others to legally adopt their foster kids. Either way, each family walked out feeling a little more complete.

The South Bend Board of Public Safety recommended policy changes for the city’s police department at a meeting Wednesday morning. 

These suggestions come after a series of meetings where community members gave input on police practices.

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The Center for Hospice Care opened a new inpatient facility in Mishawaka.

The Ernestine M. Raclin House has 12 beds and is on the Center for Hospice Care’s Mishawaka property along the St. Joseph River.

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The City of South Bend announced it will be home to a new pre-professional soccer team. 

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The City of South Bend created a plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. Some local activists say the plan isn’t urgent enough.

The plan will target transportation and energy use, which city officials say are the biggest culprits of greenhouse gasses in South Bend.

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A vote to approve money for a permanent supportive housing project in South Bend was delayed Thursday night.

In March, the City approved $1.5 million for a homeless gateway center - but the project was dropped this Fall. Now there is talk about shifting $1 million of that money to renovate one of the Gemini Apartment buildings on Colfax Avenue.

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Leaders from South Bend, Mishawaka, and Elkhart say the local economy is strong. 

Local businesses gathered for the annual State of the Region Economic Update.

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Rising water levels of Lake Michigan and beach erosion could affect the future of the Indiana Dunes National Park. 

Large waves on the lake breached a dune near a pavilion in Portage that most visitors use to access the dunes.

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