2020 Was Michigan's Deadliest Year

Mar 10, 2021
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The coronavirus made 2020 Michigan’s deadliest year, driving a nearly 18% increase in deaths over 2019. Preliminary state data shows it was the largest annual percentage jump on record, surpassing a 15.6% increase in 1918 when the flu pandemic struck. More than 115,300 people died in Michigan last year, up from about 97,800 in 2019. COVID-19 has been linked to nearly 16,700 deaths. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday marked the anniversary of Michigan’s first confirmed cases. She says the virus will be beaten.

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Indiana’s average unemployment rate in 2020 – 7.1 percent – increased nearly 4 percentage points compared to the year before. Keep in mind: many economists say, due to problems with data collection, it could be even higher.

2020 Marked Another Year Indiana Was Hotter Than Normal

Jan 20, 2021
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According to NASA, 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record globally. Though it was only the 14th the hottest year for Indiana, it marked the sixth year in a row that temperatures were above normal.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they want to kick any trace of it from the English language. “COVID-19” and “social distancing” are thrown in with “we’re all in this together,” “in an abundance of caution” and “in these uncertain times” on the school’s light-hearted list of banned words and phrases for 2021.

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The snowy weather has had me inside the last couple of weeks, with time on my hands to read.  This is the time of year I often turn to poetry, and as has become my custom in the last few years I want to take my Chronicle from this time of year to share a poem with you.

Michigan Opioid Overdoses Were Up In 2020

Dec 28, 2020

Fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses trended up in Michigan this year.

The University of Michigan tracks that information. It gathers data about naloxone given by emergency medical personnel across the state.

And it tracks suspected fatal overdoses recorded by medical examiners.

Jason Goldstick is a statistician and associate professor of emergency medicine at U of M.

He says between March and September of this year, fatal overdoses were up 15-percent over 20-19. Non-fatal overdoses were up more than 28-percent.

New Year's Eve Programming On 88.1 WVPE

Dec 28, 2020
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1 PM - Best of the Best 2020: Towards a Better World.

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Even after shutting down for about two months in the spring, the recreational vehicle industry is going to outpace the previous year. In 2020, production increased about 4 percent.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal report shows Indiana’s gross domestic product rose significantly in the third quarter, as consumers and businesses adapted to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the U.S. Commerce Department report released Wednesday, Indiana’s real gross domestic product rose at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 43.3% from July through September. That’s up from negative 33% in the second quarter. But The Indianapolis Star reports the state's economy has yet to regain the ground it lost to virus-related business disruptions.

Holly Heyser

Occasionally, it’s like I’ve been dropped on my head and lost clear reason—in those times I decide to delve into my backlog of “well-this-looks-pretty-good” recipes and cook something more involved than my go-to Ramen noodles. The weather being cooler, the pandemic raging so that stay-at-home is the order of the day, and the major eating season looming over us, I had one of those culinary days not so long ago.

Sports Betting Spikes In Indiana In October

Nov 15, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana set a new sports betting record in October with nearly a quarter-billion dollars legally wagered on the outcome of professional and collegiate sporting events. That happened while play slowed at other casino games. The Indiana Gaming Commission released data recently showing that Indiana gamblers placed sports bets totaling $231 million in October, which is an 11% increase over the then-record $207.5 million wagered in September.

Notre Dame Releases 2020 Football Schedule

Aug 6, 2020
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Today via Twitter, Notre Dame released its football schedule for the 2020 season. 

Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC's university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including a nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played. 

New Indiana Laws Take Effect July 1

Jul 1, 2020
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The 2020 legislative session ended in March – but many of the major education and health care measures passed by the state legislature go into effect on Wednesday. 


The Berrien County Youth Fair has posted a letter to its website indicating that the fair will not occur this summer. 

An image of the letter from the fair's website is below. 

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Indiana recently closed the book on maybe the most unusual election in its history – a primary, delayed by a month, that featured expanded vote-by-mail.

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The 2020 legislative session wrapped up in Thursday’s early hours, a session led by major health care and education measures.

But the session was also marked by something else: how unusual it was.

The word used by many throughout 2020 to describe the legislative session: weird. From lawmakers to staffers to lobbyists, even the House and Senate doorkeepers – it kept coming up.

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has suspended his campaign for president

Mar 2, 2020
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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. 

Notre Dame Announces 2020 Commencement Speaker

Feb 24, 2020
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Today Notre Dame announced that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will deliver the address to graduates during the university's 175th commencement ceremony. 

Here is the university's statement that was released: 

Patriarch Bartholomew, Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, will deliver the principal address and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 175th commencement ceremony May 17.

2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Jan 8, 2020

The 2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge is officially open for entries. 

The Challenge is aimed at students between grades 5 and 12, and NPR Ed will provide a series of suggested prompts and a guide for student podcasters and their teachers. NPR hopes to generate a lot of excellent material from around the country and hope this will give us a chance to add youth voices into the national conversation.

Elizabeth Warren Announces Event in Elkhart

May 29, 2019
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  Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is holding a community conversation in Elkhart next Wednesday, June 5.

The Massachusetts senator will appear at Harvest Hall at Southgate Crossing at 27751 County Road 26, Elkhart.

It starts at 11:15. Doors open an hour before the event.

The conversation is open to the public but registration is required.


Pete Buttigieg on the left in white shirt and blue tie waves with his right arm while holding Chasten wearing blue button up, who waves with his left. Both stand behind a blue podium. Supporters to the sides of them cheer and wave small American flags.
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More than 4,500 supporters crammed into the freezing cold and leaking former Studebaker plant on Sunday to hear South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially declare that he’d seek the Democratic nomination for President.