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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The results of a study conducted by a consulting firm that looked at the South Bend Police Department after a white officer shot and killed a black man last summer were made public for the first time this week. 

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The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.

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LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on a southwestern Michigan lake in which hundreds of people ignored state orders to wear masks or socially distance. The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office asked the Attorney General’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor after a viral video showed hundreds of people in swimsuits Saturday gathered at Diamond Lake, near Cassopolis in Cass County. The prosecutor’s office says it asked for the review because of a conflict of interest stemming from a longtime affiliation with one of the lake associations.  

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Schools in St. Joseph County, Indiana are preparing to reopen in the fall under pandemic conditions. Public schools in St. Joseph County released plans  Tuesday outlining how officials will try to limit exposure to COVID-19. 

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Starting Tuesday face masks will be required in Elkhart County in public when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. This order comes after a continued surge of COVID-19 cases in the county.

Monday the St. Joseph County Health Department in Indiana announced an extension of the county's face mask order.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed removing part of the Douglas Road/Uniroyal Landfill Superfund Site in Mishawaka from the National Priorities List which tracks the nation’s most contaminated sites.

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The YMCA of Greater Michiana is partnering with South Bend Venues Parks and Arts by using the O’Brien Fitness Center to try and continue offering YMCA programs in the area. The Y announced about one month ago it would be closing its South Bend location for good due to financial struggles worsened by the pandemic. 

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The Goshen Board of Public Works members voted Monday night against a Black Lives Matter mural being painted on Main Street in the downtown area for what they described as safety reasons. 

As of Tuesday, The University of Notre Dame is still planning on hosting the first presidential debate in September despite the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after an announcement from the University of Michigan that it is backing out of hosting the second presidential debate due to work needed to prepare the Ann Arbor campus for the fall semester during the pandemic.

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A Notre Dame football player tested positive for COVID-19 Monday as 91 other athletes at the university were tested. The Fighting Irish said they are taking precautions moving forward.

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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution Monday night supporting the nationwide Medicare for All program and the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

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Elkhart County recently moved into position as having the 3rd highest COVID-19 case count of all counties in Indiana. Local hospitals are starting to feel the impact of the surge.

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City of South Bend officials released the latest draft of the police discipline matrix Thursday. This comes after pressure from the community to see steps taken with police reform.

The St. Joseph County, Indiana Public Library branches reopened this week for the first time since March. Some changes are in place to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

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South Bend residents gave input on a rough draft of a police citizens review board bill during a public meeting Tuesday night. This is the first step of many before the board can be approved.

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Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Eric Logan by a white South Bend police officer. Some of Logan’s family and close friends held a memorial service Tuesday night and marched to demand justice one year after his death.

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Exactly one year ago, Eric Logan, a black man from South Bend, was shot and killed by a white City police officer who didn’t activate his body camera. The community is still dealing with the aftermath of the fatal shooting and is finding ways to remember Logan on the anniversary of his death.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller held a press conference Monday with Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski and the City’s diversity officer to discuss racial justice in South Bend.

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The Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend cut the ribbon on a new front entrance over the weekend and just in time for reopening. 

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All Four Winds Casino locations in Indiana and Michigan are set to reopen this coming Monday with some new rules in place due to the coronavirus.

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Faith leaders met with South Bend Mayor James Mueller Thursday Morning to push for the adoption of a discipline matrix for South Bend Police Officers. It’s a document that outlines how an officer would be penalized or disciplined for different violations on the job. 

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UPDATE: As of Thursday, Elkhart County has no plans to implement a face mask mandate or hold the County back from entering the next stage of Governor Eric Holcomb’s back-on-track plan. 

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Severe storms made their way through Michiana Tuesday night with damaging winds, leaving thousands of Indiana Michigan Power customers without electricity as of Tuesday morning.

Restaurants in Michigan are allowed to reopen this week at half capacity for the first time in roughly three months. Some business owners are adapting.

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The Pokagon Gaming Authority announced Monday all of its Four Winds Casino locations in Indiana and Michigan will reopen on June 15th. 

Some changes will be in place to lower the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

 

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UPDATE: The South Bend Common Council Finance Committee voted to table a bill that would have increased pay for the city’s police officers by 2.5 percent. The action came before the measure even went before the council as a whole Monday night. This comes after activists protested the pay raise throughout the day on Monday.

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The high school class of 2020 has had to adapt to a lot of changes during their senior year due to the pandemic - everything from classes to prom to graduation.  One high school in Westville used a drive-in movie theater to give students a socially distant in-person commencement over the weekend.

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Chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace,” echoed through the streets of South Bend for a second weekend in a row. Hundreds of people showed up Friday night to protest police brutality and demand racial justice.

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Large groups have been gathering for protests in Michiana the past week to demand racial justice and police accountability. Some officials are concerned about what impact the large gatherings will have on the spread of COVID-19.

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