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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Schools in Indiana are screening students for dyslexia and Concord is taking the step to educate parents. 

Indiana’s Dyslexia Law requires schools to annually screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia.

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The weather is getting colder here in Michiana but not everyone has a warm place to call home. A group of women are using theater to show people what it’s like being homeless in South Bend.

Residents crowded into a community center in the Near Northwest Neighborhood over the weekend to watch a theater production called “Tracy Talks.” It was a stage reading written by someone who had experienced homlessness in South Bend.

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The University of Notre Dame stopped burning coal at its power plant Monday, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins delivered the last load of coal to the University in efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

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A large crowd of activists gathered near Notre Dame Friday evening to protest while U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at a private event at the university. 

Protestors stood in the rain outside Notre Dame’s gates holding signs which read ‘no one is above the law’ and ‘disbar Barr.’ They blew whistles to voice their unhappiness in the way Barr handled a whistleblower complaint which prompted an impeachment inquiry.

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In spite of Friday afternoon's rain, some protestors still turned out for what they call a "Whistle for Whistleblowers' protest against U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Barr is speaking Friday at the Notre Dame Law School. 

More than 200 people are attending Barr's talk with another two overflow rooms watching on a live feed. Barr's talk is not open to the public. Media are covering it. But media will be ushered out of the room when students ask questions of Barr. 

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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Notre Dame announced that musician Billy Joel will perform at a concert in the Notre Dame Stadium next summer. 

Billy Joel, also known as “The Piano Man,” has performed on Notre Dame’s campus three times before - but never at the stadium.

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Activists demanded more transparency about the Indiana Enterprise Center during a heated St. Joseph County Council budget meeting Tuesday night.

Activists stood outside the County-City building to protest a plan that would turn land between South Bend and New Carlisle into an industrial park.

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The city of South Bend could be doing better in the diversity of its contracts. That's according to a study on how many women and minority-owned businesses are contracted.

The City’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hired consultant Colette Holt to conduct the study between 2015 and 2017. The study found 12 percent of contracts were given to women and minority owned businesses.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg opened his new presidential campaign office Thursday night in South Bend.

A large crowd gathered outside of the new ‘Pete For America’ campaign office to show their support. 

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Voters in Northern Indiana have several chances to connect with candidates before the November municipal elections.

There will be debates, forums, and meet the candidate events in the next few weeks for voters in South Bend,  Mishawaka, and Elkhart.

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St. Joseph County is adopting a program that’s meant to stop prescription medication from ending up in the wrong hands.

The program is called Drop 2 Stop. The County is partnering with the 525 Foundation to place medication disposal drop boxes around the community.

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South Bend community members gathered Thursday night to express concerns about the state of the old Drewry’s Brewery site. This discussion has been going on for several years.

Residents are worried about environmental and health hazards from asbestos found on the property.

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Elkhart Parks and Recreation held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to celebrate the newly renovated Tolson Community Center.

The Tolson Community Center is back after about a year-long hiatus. The Center closed last summer after losing funding from the City. However, the City is once again funding Tolson.

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Elkhart rededicated an historic landmark that has been undergoing repairs for years. It honors one of the City’s founders. 

The Dr. Havilah Beardsley Memorial Fountain was damaged in April 2017 by a vehicle that crashed into it during a police chase.

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