Annacaroline Caruso


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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St. Joseph County Courts have suspended a criminal rule that guarantees people certain speedy trial rights until April 20th due to the COVID-19 virus.



DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is relaxing licensing rules so employers and schools can quickly create “disaster relief” child care centers during the coronavirus emergency.

The facilities will prioritize slots for workers in certain essential fields like health care and law enforcement.

Whitmer's order Wednesday came after officials said a man in his 50s who had COVID-19 died at a Detroit-area hospital. It's the first coronavirus death in Michigan.

Meanwhile, Detroit's three automakers agreed to close all U.S. factories due to virus fears. The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel.

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South Bend residents met Thursday night with city leaders to further discuss the findings of the Eric Logan shooting investigation. Many community members are still angry.

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Many schools across the United States are taking steps to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Elkhart Community Schools is also preparing.

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The St. Joseph County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county this afternoon. Health officials say they are expecting more cases in the next few days.

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Community members and advocacy groups are taking their protest of a proposed industrial park in New Carlilse to the official public comment sessions. The Open Space and Agricultural Alliance were at the redevelopment commission meeting Tuesday morning.

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La Casa de Amistad in South Bend announced Monday it will move into a new building roughly five times the size of the building it has now. It's leaders hope this expansion allows the nonprofit to have a larger outreach and accomadate the growing Latino population in Michiana.

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South Bend will soon have an inclusive, accessible garden. Unity Gardens broke ground Friday on a new garden tailored to people with limited mobility.

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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for Democratic nominee almost a week ago, but many believe it's not the end of his political career. Some locals are beginning to think about the impact his campaign had on South Bend and what the future may hold now that he’s out of the running.

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The City of Elkhart is having several community meetings over the next few weeks. This is part of a strategy to encourage communication between residents and city officials.


Universities around the country have been taking precautions over coronavirus. The University of Notre Dame is taking steps to protect students and faculty.

The University of Notre Dame cancelled it’s Rome study abroad program Friday after the CDC issued a travel advisory to Italy.

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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved allocating $5 million to expand and revitalize the Tolson Community Center at a meeting Monday night. 

The city says the plan to revamp the Tolson Center is expected to cost $10 million.

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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

“As he was speaking up there, I was suddenly really struck. A really capable, talented, thoughtful, dedicated candidate has dropped out of the race and it’s heartbreaking really,” Thomas says. 

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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

He did not throw his support behind any other candidate, but instead called for unity in the party moving forward. 

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg says.

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

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The South Bend Empowerment Zone shared some future plans for its schools and teachers at a meeting Thursday. One plan that would remove some teachers from the union was met with opposition.

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Lacasa cut the ribbon on a new office located in downtown Elkhart Thursday. Lacasa is a local community outreach organization and is celebrating 50 years in Elkhart County. 

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Elkhart residents gave their opinions about the Tolson Center expansion project at a public meeting with the finance committee of the common council Wednesday night. Most were in favor of funding the project.

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A time capsule found inside a wall at Goshen Hospital was opened Monday in front of a room packed with community members and staff.

Hospital officials came across the time capsule recently during some construction. The capsule was  placed in the original entrance of the building in 1953.

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A new classroom at the South Bend International Airport was opened Monday for students in the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Aviation and Flight program. 

The new classroom is on the west side of the airport and features a flight simulator for students to learn how to fly.

Indiana Michigan Power got approval Thursday to build a large solar farm in St. Joseph County.

The solar farm is expected to generate enough power for 2,700 homes per year. I&M officials said this will be the fifth and largest solar facility they operate.

George Zimmerman is suing Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizbeth Warren for defamation over tweets they posted about Trayvon Martin, according to court documents. 

Zimmerman filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking $265 million. He's claiming that both Buttigieg and Warren defamed him in tweets they posted on Feb. 5th, which would have been Trayvon Martin's 25th birthday.

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The New Carlisle Town Council called for a moratorium on the proposed Indiana Enterprise Center at a meeting Tuesday night. Activists have been vocal about its potential environmental harm for several months.

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Berrien County will not be following in the footsteps of other Michigan counties that have declared themselves gun sanctuaries. But the board of commissioners did emphasize their duty to uphold the constitution at a heated meeting Thursday.

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Saint Mary’s College introduced its fourteenth president Wednesday. This follows a 10-month search to replace the College’s prior president who left with some controvery.

 Saint Mary’s College chose Dr. Katie Conboy as the school's next president.

University of Notre Dame press release sent on Feb. 11th

The Robinson Community Learning Center is having an event Friday to celebrate its 19th anniversary. It will be the last time they celebrate in the current building on Eddy Street in South Bend before moving.

The Robinson Center is a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and the community to offer different classes and activities.

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A traveling Smithsonian exhibit that highlights rural America has made a stop at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. 

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” It’s an exhibit that’s travelling around the country to educate visitors about rural communities.

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The City of Elkhart unveiled a new plan for the Tolson Community Center at a public meeting Thursday night.

Elkhart residents got the chance to learn about the new plan for the Tolson Center and ask questions.

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The discussion about a set of discipline guidelines for the South Bend Police Department continued at a community meeting Tuesday night.

The proposed discipline matrix lays out punishments for officer misconduct. It's meant to improve consistency in disciplines given to officers.

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Pete Buttigieg supporters gathered in South Bend to watch the Iowa caucuses play out Monday night. It was a long night with delayed results… but enthusiasm in the Buttigieg campaign remained high.

A group of Notre Dame students got back from canvassing for Buttigieg in Iowa just an hour before the watch party began.