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The South Bend Common Council voted to raise all city employees’ salaries by 2.5 percent Monday evening while simultaneously eliminating any raises larger than that.

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Elkhart’s $92.6 million 2022 budget is now in effect after the common council passed a series of bills Monday night approving it.

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After about two years of designing and building, the Indy Autonomous Challenge crossed the finish line Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The international competition put each of the nine team's programming skills to the test. 

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Some of Indiana’s law enforcement agencies are changing the way they operate based on an outside review of the state’s policing policies and procedures. 

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The northern Indiana utility NIPSCO has refined its long-term plans to be mostly powered by renewable energy in the next 20 years. That includes the option of retiring its Michigan City coal plant up to two years early.

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An inmate at the St. Joseph County Jail died over the weekend. 

According to a release from the St. Joseph County Police Department, a 33-year-old male inmate experienced an emergency medical episode around 1 p.m. Sunday. 

 

The release says jail medical personnel began life-saving efforts and called emergency medical technicians, but EMTs were unable to revive the inmate when they arrived on scene. The inmate was pronounced dead at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

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The Indiana Supreme Court is trying to help avoid evictions by getting landlords and tenants into diversion programs. 

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Hoosiers living in the 574 and 219 area codes now have to dial 10 digits to complete local calls instead of seven. 

Those two area codes cover most of WVPE’s Indiana listening area, and as of Oct. 24, residents had to start dialing those area codes in order to make local calls.

 

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Indiana surpasses 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases. Health officials grow concerned that hesitancy will play into other vaccines like the flu. And the state begins its rollout of booster shots.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is appealing a judge’s ruling in his emergency powers lawsuit against the General Assembly.

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Indiana is once again accepting grant applications from community groups and schools, targeted at catch-up programs for students who fell behind academically because of COVID-19. 

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The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday it will offer booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to eligible Hoosiers. This follows Thursday’s federal authorization. Pfizer booster shots have been available since last month.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate for September was 4 percent, dropping very slightly from the month before. Meanwhile, the head of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development estimated at a cabinet meeting Thursday there’s still nearly 140,000 unfilled jobs.

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Last week, South Bend won the 2021 Driehaus Award for the Evolution of Form-Based Codes due to the city’s innovative zoning policy, and local urban planners are excited. But what exactly does it mean?

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The Indiana General Assembly has two new members, one a Republican and one a Democrat.

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Organized efforts to prevent certain policy changes in schools have disrupted school board meetings across the country, and educators and school officials are calling for more civility in places where it's happening in Indiana.

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Three African lions at the Indianapolis Zoo are recovering after testing positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19 last week.

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The state has its first political fundraising organization for the environment. The group Indiana United for Our Future — or INUF— hopes to raise money for environmental candidates running for the state legislature.

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Indiana Sen. Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville) has been linked to the anti-government extremist group the Oath Keepers.

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The Indiana National Guard is now supplementing the healthcare staff at Goshen Hospital.

Sixteen National Guard members arrived at the hospital Wednesday "to pitch in where needed," according to a release from the health system. That's after Gov. Eric Holcomb called on the National Guard to assist state hospitals, many of which are experiencing staffing shortages. 

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South Bend officials and community leaders held a press conference Wednesday calling for an end to gun violence after three people were shot and killed in the city in the past week.

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Indiana lawmakers want to improve the system for reviewing child deaths.

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The Environmental Protection Agency this week laid out how it plans to address PFAS. Exposure to these toxic, human-made chemicals has been linked to cancer, problems with the immune system, and developmental issues in children.

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Last winter saw a surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Health experts say there is reason to be hopeful this second pandemic winter will be different. 

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For weeks, hospitals across Indiana have endured a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Once again, the strain has revealed systemic flaws.

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The Indiana Department of Health is sending another COVID-19 “strike team” to South Bend’s Four Winds Field this week. The department sent a first team earlier this month.

 

The department will provide free COVID testing and vaccination from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 23.

 

Both rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available, as well as the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. No appointments will be necessary.

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One WVPE listener county is back in the “yellow” and two have moved out of the “red” this week on the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracking map. 

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Richmond’s Earlham College says some low-income Hoosier students will pay no tuition to attend the private Quaker college. The new program aims to increase the number of Indiana high schoolers that choose to go to college.

To qualify for a tuition-free education at Earlham College beginning next fall, a student must live in Indiana, be eligible for a federal Pell Grant, and their family must make $60,000 or less per year.  Base tuition to attend Earlham for next fall is more than $49,000.

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The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners vetoed the county’s 2022 budget Tuesday. That’s after the county council approved it in a 6-3 party-line vote last week.

 

The issue? Raises for county employees – the budget raises the minimum yearly salary to $32,000 a year, or about $16.41 an hour. Other county officials – including members of the county council and board of commissioners – would also receive raises.

 

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American farmers are less confident about current and future conditions than they were a month ago, according to the September Ag Economy Barometer report. The report recorded the weakest farmer sentiment since July 2020.

Barometer co-author Jim Mintert said the survey picked up a lot of anxiety from ag producers.

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