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Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended his final Common Council meeting as mayor Monday night.

People packed into the South Bend Common Council room to watch Buttigieg give his farewell address.

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A proposal from state workforce agencies would cut funding for classes that teach nutrition, personal finance, and other skills. It has many Family and Consumer Sciences teachers across the state worried.

Under the plan being considered by the Indiana State Board of Education, schools could still offer family and consumer science classes, but they’d no longer receive state funding for them. 

UPDATE: Consulting Firm Allows Buttigieg To Release Names Of Clients

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The McKinsey & Co. consulting firm says it will allow Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to identify the clients he served more than a decade ago.

The announcement comes the same day that Buttigieg pledged to open his fundraising events to the news media and provide the names of key fundraising organizers. 

The moves Monday reflect the growing pressure Buttigieg is under as his campaign gains traction in early voting states less than two months before the Democratic contest begins.

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The Trump administration is cutting off Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps, for about 700,000 Americans.

Yet U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, visiting Indiana Monday, says Hoosiers won’t be affected.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm

The beginning of flu season is hitting Indiana especially hard this year.

Indiana has been upgraded to “Widespread” flu activity which is the highest level possible. That’s according to the latest CDC Influenza Surveillance Report.

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The federal government announced a push last year to end the HIV epidemic.  The virus, which was once a death sentence for many, can now be managed and prevented through medical advances, but it will take more than a pill to stop the spread of  HIV.

A one stop shop model aims to help close the gaps in care for Hoosiers.

Sam McHenry has been a volunteer at the Damien Center in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. 

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Notre Dame has announced it will play in the Camping World Bowl against Iowa State on Saturday, Dec. 28 (Noon ET, ABC).

The Fighting Irish are headed to a bowl game for the ninth time in 10 seasons.

 

Notre Dame (ranked 15th) and Iowa State (unranked) have never met in football. The Cyclones will become the 148th different opponent for Notre Dame. 

 

Michigan Nears Deal To Legalize Sports, Online Gambling

Dec 8, 2019
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are closing in on an agreement to legalize sports betting and internet gambling in Michigan, with final votes possible this coming week.

The development would be a landmark in a state with a lot of gambling options already. Those include three commercial casinos in Detroit, 24 tribal casinos across western and northern Michigan, and the Lottery.

https://www.in.gov/bmv/2831.htm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana driver’s manual will be translated into four more languages in order to settle a federal lawsuit.

The agreement will have the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles provide the manual in Arabic, Burmese, Chin and Mandarin by March 2021.

That deal resolves a lawsuit filed last year by immigrant assistance group Neighbor to Neighbor of South Bend, which claimed the BMV was discriminating by providing the manual in only English and Spanish.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University officials have approved plans for new buildings on the West Lafayette campus that will house the school’s bands and data science programs.

Plans for the $20 million Bands and Orchestra Building will give dedicated space to Purdue’s more than 30 ensembles, concert bands and jazz bands.

Construction will be paid for with private donations.

The new $40 million Data Science Building will be four stories with classrooms and research space.

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Sales and marketing company Televerde celebrated the opening of its newest call center at the Madison Correctional Facility for women Friday. The company sees itself helping address the workforce shortage by preparing program participants and employees for professional careers after release.

Televerde trains and employs women while they are serving time to help provide opportunities after they leave the facility, with aims to reduce recidivism rates.

CEO Morag Lucey says with a growing workforce shortage, the company is tapping into an underutilized population.

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Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has dropped significantly over the past decade. According to a new national report, Indiana has fewer than half of the candidates as it did in 2008.

Elkhart P.D. Reports Attempted Kidnapping

Dec 6, 2019
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Elkhart Police report there was an attempted kidnapping Thursday evening in the 2600 block of S. Nappanee Street at a car wash. It was reported that the victim and her 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son were cleaning their vehicle. The mother look over to see a white male 60-70 years old with a grey beard with pock marks or scars on his cheeks in a late 90s tan GMC Safari Van. The male was sitting in the driver’s seat of the van and had his arm out the window with candy in his hand talking to the children.

Friday morning United Way of Elkhart County officially merged with United Fund of LaGrange County in hopes to have a greater impact on the entire community. 

United Way is a national nonprofit that tries to create solutions for health, education, and financial stability.

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