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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More than six percent of youth in South Bend Schools don’t have stable housing. That’s according to a survey run by the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) and IU South Bend.

Youth with unstable housing in South Bend are less likely to have regular medical care, and more likely to have unmet physical or mental health needs. These numbers are largely in line with similar nationwide surveys.

The Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend ran the survey. The goal was to identify unmet health needs in South Bend’s kids.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday calling for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state's school districts for the day.

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South Bend Community School Corporation officially re-opened the Kennedy Academy Planetarium today after a 100 thousand dollar renovation.

Students from across South Bend schools and neighboring districts have classes in the planetarium to learn about astronomy and other science topics.

The Planetarium at Kennedy Academy was built in the 70s. Since then it’s been renovated a few times but it was in need of an overhaul.

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More than 100 school districts across Indiana will be closed on Tuesday. That represents more than 40 percent of Hoosier students. They’re closing to allow teachers, students and staff to participate in a rally at the state capital. 

Nearly 13,000 people are signed up to stand up for public education in Indiana. The group is largely made up of teachers, but will also include students, administrators, support staff and community members.  

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Lake effect snow brought several inches of snowfall this week to Michiana. Snow is predicted to continue through Tuesday night as temperatures fall.

Many schools in the area are off today due to treacherous road conditions. 

Lake effect happens when cold wind blows over a warmer lake. This band brought snow further inland making it almost to Fort Wayne.

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If you’re new to Michiana, or if you just never learned, lake effect snow is what happens when cold air meets a warmer Lake Michigan.

“Generally we get some really cold air that flows over the open waters that are a lot warmer," said Megan Dodson with the National Weather Service. "It can cause some instability and that can generate some snow bands in the form of lake effect.”

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The city of South Bend cut two ribbons Wednesday on the Technology Resource Center at Innovation Park.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got handed a virtual lightsaber, really a VR controller, to cut a ribbon coded by the South Bend Code School.

On the screen the ribbon turned into blue balloons. They also cut a real ribbon with the usual golden scissors for good measure.

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Dave Miller conceded the Elkhart mayoral election to Rod Roberson, his Democratic opponent. 

Miller told the group who listened, "I'm proud of our efforts."

“I’m grateful to all of you who believed enough in me to enable us to run a strong, positive visionary, professional campaign. I’m proud of our effort, proud of all of you," Miller went on to say.

Miller is a former mayor of the city. Twice while campaigning this time around he fainted during public debate events. 

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  Tuesday is election day across Michiana. 

In Indiana it’s municipal elections. Most city councils are on the ballot. South Bend and Elkhart have mayoral races. Goshen and Mishawaka have incumbent mayors running unopposed.

 

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The Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library is now closed as of today. Its last day open was October 31. It’ll be closed for at least a year and a half for a major renovation. 

Library spokesperson Jennifer Henecke said there are plenty of other libraries in South Bend and St. Joseph County for people to use during the renovations.

“We have 10 locations which is actually fairly unique for a city of our size to have so many branches. And this is a great opportunity for people to, kind of, explore their own city.”

Justin Hicks

 

Heartless. It’s the name of the play, but it’s also an allegory for the way the men felt when they were incarcerated.       

 

Five men, four of them convicted murderers, performed the play Monday night at the South Bend Civic Theatre. The play weaves a work of fiction in with the stories of the men.                                                         

 

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The Hoosier Environmental Council is hosting two solar energy workshops this week in Valparaiso and Shipshewana.

The workshops are meant to give people an idea of how to go solar; the technology, the costs, and the benefits. 

Jesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council. 

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Elkhart Community Schools officially broke ground Thursday on a new building that will house engineering and technical education classes.

When the district’s two high schools merge next school year students will choose an area of study. The new building will have classrooms and labs for students in the Engineering, Technology and Innovation, or ETI, track. 

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The Benton Harbor Area School Board has voted to create an advisory committee with the state. The committee will create and operating plan for the struggling district. 

In May the state of Michigan suggested closing Benton Harbor High School as a way to pay down the districts debt and focus on academics for kindergarten through 8th grade students. After staunch resistance, the plan was dropped.

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It’s likely going to be a few more weeks before it gets cold enough in Michiana to kill all the mosquitoes. That’s more important this fall with the cases of a deadly mosquito-borne virus. 

Health officials and residents are waiting for the temperature to drop low enough to kill mosquitoes that could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

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