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Grace College in Winona Lake has announced that a student was found dead in a residence hall on campus earlier today. 


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Back in September, the Citywide Classroom partnership between the City of South Bend, enFocus, and the South Bend Community School Corporation received 1.8 million dollars of state funding to expand student internet access during the pandemic. 

Next week, the partnership will begin distributing over 2,000 at-home internet packages and about 2,000 WiFi hotspots to students with limited broadband access, which City of South Bend spokesperson Caleb Bauer said is about 15-30 percent of students in the district. 

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has announced that the father of a 3-year-old who was dropped off at the ER and died has been charged with the child's murder. 

Trevion Dawon Shaver, 21, is already in custody on an unrelated charge in Michigan. According to charging documents he dropped his 3-year-old daughter, Kardie Weathersby, off at the ER at Memorial Hospital in South Bend earlier this month and left. It was later determined she sustained a brain injury and died of blunt force trauma. An officer quoted in the charging documents also says Shaver admitted to the girl's mother that he had gone "overboard" in disciplining her. 

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Concord Schools Athletic Dept. Twitter account has posted that the Minutemen will not play in sectionals tonight against South Bend Adams. 

Here is what was posted: 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb insists Hoosiers are safe at polling places across the state amid the ongoing pandemic. That’s despite a record new number of COVID-19 cases, long lines at the polls and some county clerks who refuse to follow Holcomb’s mask-wearing order.


Based on newly released data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health, LaPorte County saw its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases yesterday. 74 new cases were reported on Oct. 29. That surpasses the county's previous daily high for new cases that was recorded in mid-April in association with an outbreak of the virus at the Westville Correctional Facility. LaPorte County is currently in the "orange" category on the state's COVID-19 map, indicating there is medium to high community spread going on. 

Lucas Oil Stadium Will Be A Voting Site

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s largest county is getting its largest early voting site. The Marion County Election Board voted Friday to allow early voting at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stadium will include 56 voting machines and eight poll pads, more than at any other site, Deputy Director of Elections Brent Stinson said. The web site showed a wait time of 215 minutes, or more than 3 1/2 hours, at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the nearby City-County Building.


The Ward Bakery Building in South Bend’s Near Northwest Neighborhood has been vacant for over a decade, but the building could see new development in the coming year. 

The Near Northwest Neighborhood has tried six times to turn the building into low-income housing, but was never able to secure the tax credit funding to do it. 

Instead of housing, the current plan being considered would turn the building into a neighborhood hub for business, arts and retail.  

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Elkhart Police report that two individuals have been arrested for the June 29th robbery of a man in a wheelchair at 418 W. Franklin Street. After the crime occurred, police posted security camera footage of what happened. In the video you can also see the suspects hitting the victim. 


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has agreed not to use tear gas and other “riot control agents” during peaceful protests to settle a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in June on behalf of Indy10 Black Lives Matter and three individual protesters after IMPD used chemical irritants, pepper balls and batons against protesters in downtown Indianapolis on May-29-31. Violence and vandalism occurred that weekend, but the protesters who sued IMPD say they and many others remained peaceful. 

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Cars drive by a nondescript strip mall on the westside of Indianapolis. The Carrier plant sits just on the other side of the intersection.

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South Bend community leaders are asking churches to encourage their congregants to get out and vote early on Sunday, Nov. 1, just two days before Election Day.

South Bend Common Council President Karen White said "Super Sunday" started about three years ago, when she began researching how churches served as a force for change in communities of color during the Civil Rights Movement.

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About 100,000 vote-by-mail ballots still haven’t been returned to Indiana county election administrators with just days to go before they’re due.

Another New Daily High In COVID-19 Cases In Indiana

Oct 29, 2020

Newly released data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health indicates that on Wed., Oct. 28th the state recorded another new all-time high in new COVID-19 cases.

3,649 new cases were reported along with 33 additional deaths. Total deaths in the state have now topped the 4,000 mark at 4,024.

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Indiana’s State Health Commissioner says a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for some Hoosiers as early as mid to late November.

Ground Broken On South Shore Expansion

Oct 29, 2020

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Officials have broken ground on an expansion of the South Shore commuter rail line through part of western Lake County. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that the 8-mile line that will extend from Dyer to Hammond and connect to Chicago will be the largest public transit investment in Indiana history. Holcomb calls it "a game changer for northwest Indiana and the entire state.” The project includes four new stations: two in Hammond, one in Munster and one at the border of Munster and Dyer.

O'Neill Sentenced For On-Duty Sexual Encounter

Oct 29, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge related to an earlier on-duty sexual encounter. Forty-four-year-old Ryan O’Neill was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to ghost employment for a paid sex act with a woman while he was on duty in May 2019.


Mishawaka High School's long-time tradition of hosting the Al Smith Invitational wrestling event will not happen this season due to COVID-19. 

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In the one and only live debate between the candidates for Indiana's 2nd District Congressional seat, Democrat Pat Hackett and Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski squared off on a whole host of issues. 

The debate began with the topic of healthcare and the pandemic.


Elkhart County Clerk Christopher Anderson said that, like so many things in the year 2020, the county’s early voter turnout has been unprecedented.

“Two thousand twenty is a complete and utter anomaly when it comes to making any type of comparisons,” he said. 

As of 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, over 23,500 people had voted early in-person in Elkhart County. Anderson said that represents almost 19 percent of the county’s registered voters. 



In a message to staff on Wednesday, Oct. 28, Penn-Harris-Madison School Superintendent Jerry Thacker announced that he was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 22 and received his positive result this past Monday.

Thacker said in the email that so far, he’s only experiencing mild symptoms and fatigue. He will isolate for 10 days, and as long as his symptoms improve, will return to work on Monday, Nov. 2. 

Elkhart County COVID-19 Case Increases By Zip Code

Oct 28, 2020
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Bristol, parts of Elkhart and Wakarusa are seeing some of the highest spikes in COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County in the last week. The data released covers a period from Mon., Oct. 19-Mon., Oct. 26, 2020. 

At least four zip codes in the county saw COVID-19 cases spike by more than 20% in the last week.  

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Only four school corporations in Indiana are seeking voter-approval on funding referendums in this fall's election. 

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Gov. Eric Holcomb’s challengers – Democrat Dr. Woody Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater – were on the attack in the last gubernatorial debate before Election Day.

An outdoor mass was held Tuesday evening at Notre Dame Stadium to remember the two 19-year-old students who were hit by a van and killed over the weekend. 

Valeria Espinel of Ecuador and Olivia Lara Rojas of Bolivia died early Saturday morning. They were members of Notre Dame's Class of 2024. 

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Wednesday, Oct. 28th the candidates running for the congressional seat in Indiana's 2nd District will debate live at 7pm. Democratic challenger Pat Hackett and GOP incumbent Jackie Walorski will face off from 7-8pm. You can listen live on 88.1 WVPE.  

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It’s been three weeks since the start of early voting, which for St. Joseph County Clerk Rita Glenn and her employees has meant 12+ hour days.


“It’s been challenging, and in the same respect, it’s been rewarding to see our numbers up,” Glenn said.


As of Monday night, based on figures provided by Glenn’s office, the county has seen approximately just under a 70% increase in early voting overall as compared to 2016 — and there’s still another week of early voting before Election Day.


Kosciusko County hit a new daily all-time high in COVID-19 cases on October 26th with 91 cases being reported. Previously, the daily high for Kosciusko County had been 58 cases reported on Oct. 23rd. Kosciusko County is already in the “orange” category on the Indiana State Dept. of Health COVID-19 map. The orange designation means there is medium to high community spread occurring.  


NEW (Oct. 27):

The three candidates for Indiana governor are meeting for their last televised debate Tuesday night, one week ahead of Election Day.