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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After a successful football season rescuing food from Notre Dame, non-profit Cultivate is rescuing food from basketball and hockey games as well.

Cultivate rescued more than 7 thousand pounds of unused food after Notre Dame football games this fall. Now they’re rescuing food after hockey and basketball games.

Cultivate partners with food banks and shelters around South Bend. The food is either donated directly or repackaged as meals and given to those in need.

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Additional highway patrols will be out for New Years Eve to watch for drunk and dangerous drivers.

Every year on big celebratory holidays both the Michigan and Indiana State Police increase specialty highway patrols that look specifically for those driving under the influence.

New Years Eve is one of their big nights.

Spokesperson Melinda Logan is with the Michigan State Police post in Niles. She said there have made fewer drunk driving arrests than in the past.

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In the new year minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under the law.

The consequences defined by Michigan’s minor is possession or MIP law are changing starting January first.

The first MIP offense will be a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor. A minor will have to pay a fine and could be sentenced to community service or to substance abuse classes. The civil infraction will appear on a person’s driving record.

Meijer has voluntarily recalled products containing sliced apples from a Detroit area produce company that may contain listeria.

The apple-products come from Fresh-Pak Inc. And are sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

 

Online holiday shopping boomed this year, up around 15 percent nationally. While the big rush happens before Christmas, there are still more packages that will be processed after as well.

 

As people return unwanted gifts or spend gift cards, more packages will go through the mail.

Jason Scholten is the postmaster of the Elkhart post office.  

“It’s not as heavy but as people use gift cards and return parcels we do see an uptick in deliveries and pickups.”

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The bike-share company LimeBike has released end-of-year data that show the company’s first six months in South Bend have been successful.

LimeBike is a dockless bike share that started operating in South Bend over the summer. In that time 27 thousand riders have covered 85 thousand miles on the green bikes.  

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Between space heaters, holiday lights and dry Christmas trees, this time of year has more than its fair share of fire hazards.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association nearly a thousand home and structure fires are started annually this time of year by decorations, trees, fireworks, candles and holiday cooking.

Benton Harbor Area Schools

 

After nine months of a partnership agreement between the State of Michigan and Benton Harbor Area Schools, the results are largely positive. Academic scores are mostly up, but some benchmarks are still falling short.

 

Berrien County is six weeks into a year-long pilot program to test impaired drivers for marijuana usage.

Seven police officers in Berrien County are trained to administer tests that check for traces of marijuana, a component called Delta-9 Tetrahydro Cannabinoid, in a driver’s saliva.

Trooper Jim Janes is a Drug Recognition Expert with the Michigan State Police in Niles. He says drivers must first be pulled over for erratic driving or another offense before the test is administered.

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Cold weather and holiday decorations mean higher energy bills this time of year. But there are ways to help lower them, and help the planet.

Christmas lights, inflatables and other holiday decorations increase energy usage. And if you use electric heating, your power bills are probably pretty steep.

Indiana Michigan Power spokesperson Tracy Warner says one easy switch is different Christmas lights.

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The last of the letters Santa will be able to reply to are arriving at the North Pole Friday.

 

Letters to Santa can be dropped off in special boxes at most post offices in the U.S. A lot of those letters make their way to Anchorage, Alaska where the postmaster collects them, and sends replies back from the North Pole.

The letters have to make to Alaska by Friday, December 15 in order for Santa to reply.

 

Ski Hills around Michiana are looking forward to higher amounts of snow this year after two years of low snowfall.

The last two years have been rough for ski hills. Snowfall amounts have been low, and temps have been higher, making it difficult to make snow.

Jamie Stafne is the spokesperson for Swiss Valley Ski Area in Jones, Michigan. She said the cold snowy weather right now is ideal for their snow-making equipment.

USPS

 

Holiday postal and shipping deadlines are coming up this week and next.

Different types of mail have different shipping deadlines with the U.S. postal service, but in general, if you try to send it after December 20th, it’s not going to make it for Christmas.

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Unsafe sleep habits, cigarette smoke and maternal health are the leading causes of death for infants in St. Joseph county according to case studies by the county’s health department. The studies are part of an effort to address and lower infant death rates.

The Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is part of a nation-wide effort to review and address the causes of infant deaths.

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As Michiana starts to prepare for winter weather, road crews have been working to get plows, salt and drivers ready to roll.

Hiring, ordering salt and plow repairs are just a few things that local highway departments do to get ready for snow and winter weather.

Jeff Taylor is the manager of the Elkhart County Highway Department. He said one of the challenges this year was low unemployment in the county.

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