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According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's 2020 College Equity Report, college-going rates are down overall with persisting gaps among student groups for college enrollment and completion.

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The South Bend Common Council was supposed to vote Monday night on its Community Police Review Board ordinance; however, the meeting ended early due to a possible hacking.

Throughout the meeting, participants reported having issues accessing the Council’s Microsoft Teams call, especially those who wanted to speak against the police review board. 

About two hours into the meeting, attorney Robert Palmer had this announcement. 

 

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The South Bend Community School Corporation approved a return to an in-person learning option at its board meeting Monday night. All schools will phase in offering in-person classes as an option. Students who choose to attend in person will start back on staggered dates from Oct. 5 to Oct. 15.

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Shortly before 5pm Monday, the President of Notre Dame sent an email to the campus community to express regret for not wearing a face mask and for shaking hands instead of social distancing during the Rose Garden ceremony to announce Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Purdue University Monday suspended 14 students who attended a party in a residence hall Saturday night, 13 of whom were identified as student-athletes.

The school’s Code of Conduct penalizes students who violate the Protect Purdue Pledge -- which calls for mask wearing and social distancing -- at on- or off-campus gatherings.

The athletics program said in a statement that the party involved “out of season” student-athletes and that it was working with the university, calling the incident “unfortunate.” 

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ArcelorMittal announced it’s selling several northwest Indiana steel plants to an Ohio-based company in a deal worth nearly $1.5 billion. The sale was motivated by a need to please investors after a year of losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The South Bend Common Council will hold its third reading of the Community Police Review Board ordinance tonight, but the South Bend chapter of Black Lives Matter wants to see some changes to the measure before a vote.

 

In the current version of the ordinance, the director of the review board would be appointed by the mayor. Darryl Heller, a member of the executive board for Black Lives Matter - South Bend, said he believes that could compromise the separation of powers in local government.

 

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WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A Warsaw, Indiana teacher faces a battery charge after she allegedly caused an 8-year-old student to repeatedly fall down while disciplining the child. Fifty-eight-year-old Debra Wiley was arrested Friday at Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw. According to court documents, Wiley was caught on camera forcibly trying to make the child standing against a wall sit down. She allegedly grabbed the youngster's ankles, repeatedly causing the child to fall, dragged the student once and used her body weight to hold the youngster down.

Whitmer Will Continue COVID-19 State Of Emergency In Michigan

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will re-authorize the COVID-19 state of emergency in Michigan -- which is set to expire this week, This gives the governor extraordinary powers to address a crisis. A petition campaign is collecting signatures to enact a veto-proof initiative to curtail that power. 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is reporting that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, after they accounted for a staggering 40% of deaths and 29% of cases in the early days of the pandemic. For the last two available weeks of data, African-Americans represented 10% of COVID-19 deaths and 8% of cases. They comprise 15% of Michigan's population. They still account for at least 38% of confirmed and probable deaths overall, and at least 20% of cases. Lt. Gov.

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Hoosiers have one week left to register to vote for the 2020 general election.

South Bend Mayor Marries Over The Weekend

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and Kellye Mitros were wed on Saturday at Island Park at the Century Center, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg officiating according to a spokesman for the city.

The ceremony was small, with 20 immediate family members and four close friends in attendance.

The couple will have larger celebration and a honeymoon at a later date. The Mayor won’t be taking any time off this week as it’s currently budget season and there’s a Common Council meeting tonight. 

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The Bridge Anti-Discrimination Network held a memorial and candlelight vigil at the Elkhart County Courthouse in Goshen over the weekend to memorialize lives lost to racial hate crimes.

It was a breezy night for the event, but that didn’t stop mourners from lighting candles and spreading out across the courthouse lawn. 

“Tonight, we welcome you into a space where we aim to honor the lives that we have lost as a nation to racially-targeted hate crimes and brutality,” said Bridge Interim President Erin Floyd.

Indiana's Public Pension Funds Remain Stable In Pandemic

Sep 27, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s public pension funds for state and local government employees, including teachers, has apparently weathered the financial markets’ volatility during the coronavirus pandemic, new data from the state show. The General Assembly’s Pension Management Oversight Committee heard Wednesday that the Indiana Public Retirement System increased its pension assets by 2.56% to $30.6 billion during the 2020 budget year, which ran from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Trump Picks Conservative Amy Coney Barrett Of South Bend For Supreme Court

Sep 26, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power.

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President Trump is announcing his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. Watch the announcement live. It is expected at 5pm. 

Whitmer: Michigan Movie Theaters Can Open Oct. 9

Sep 26, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen in two weeks after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic. She has lifted a cap so more people can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an order Friday requiring K-5 students to wear masks in classrooms beginning Oct. 5. Indoor cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities and trampoline parks are among the places that can open starting Oct. 9.

Former GOP Indiana Lieutenant Governor Endorses Biden

Sep 26, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Indiana Republican stalwart John Mutz has gone public with his opposition to President Donald Trump, saying in a newspaper column that he'll vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Mutz was Indiana’s lieutenant governor for eight years in the 1980s before losing the 1988 governor’s race to Democrat Evan Bayh. The 84-year-old Mutz is most prominent Indiana Republican to publicly rebuke Trump.

GOP Expecting Trump To Tap Barrett For Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are expecting President Donald Trump to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as he aims to put a historic stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Even before Trump unveils the pick, conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Barrett.

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Less than half of the number of 18- and 19-year-olds are registered to vote in Indiana this year compared to 2016. That decline is the worst in the nation.

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City and county leaders in St. Joseph County are expressing concern about the state's moving to Stage 5.

IU Chief To Ask Trustees To Strike Name Of Eugenics Backer

Sep 25, 2020
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The president of Indiana University says he'll recommend the school’s trustees remove from the Bloomington campus the name of one of his predecessors who was a proponent of eugenics. President Michael A. McRobbie announced Thursday he'll ask the trustees next week to remove the name of David Starr Jordan from a classroom building, a parking garage and a campus creek. Jordan served as IU’s president from 1885 to 1891 and was a professor of zoology from 1875 to 1885.

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The Elkhart County Health Board has rescheduled its meeting that abruptly ended this week for Sept. 29. The meeting will take place virtually at 7pm. A link will be available to the public on the Elkhart County website. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health and IUPUI will begin the third phase of its COVID-19 tracking study on Sept. 29. This round of the study is set to include children as participants for the first time.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where she will lie in state in Statuary Hall. Watch the ceremony scheduled to start at 9:30am .

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have voted to make it easier for clerks to process a surge in absentee ballots in the battleground state’s presidential election by letting them start a day earlier than usual. Officials currently cannot remove ballots from outer envelopes until 7 a.m. on Election Day, which is Nov. 3 this year. The legislation would let them be opened between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, in cities or townships with at least 25,000 residents. Ballots would have to remain in secrecy envelopes until being counted on Nov. 3.

Another Inmate Executed In Terre Haute

Sep 24, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government has put the first Black inmate to death since the Trump administration this year resumed federal executions after a nearly two-decade pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. EDT Thursday. He was convicted and sentenced to death in the slaying of a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa when Vialva was 19. Vialva was the seventh federal execution since July and the second this week. Five of the first six were white, a move critics argue was a political calculation to avoid uproar. The sixth was Navajo. Vialva’s lawyer, Susan Otto, has said race played a role in landing her client on death row in the 1999 killings of Todd and Stacie Bagley, who were white.   

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On Sept. 24, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services announced a suspected second human case of EEE in Montcalm County, leading to another night of aerial mosquito treatments.

According to some experts, the frequency and intensity of the recent EEE outbreaks in Michigan and northern Indiana could be related to climate change.

The first EEE outbreak in the area occured from 1942-1943. The next was from 1973-1975, and since then, outbreaks have become more and more frequent.

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Walmart is addressing the increase of e-commerce demands with plans for a new facility just outside of Indianapolis. The new e-commerce fulfillment center will be the company’s largest in the country.

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Preliminary data shows schools across Indiana have reported nearly 1,900 total cases of COVID-19 among staff and students. 

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