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Here are the highlights of the debate from NPR's coverage of Pete Buttigieg: 

After tech investor Andrew Yang announced his contest that could give $1,000 per month to 10 people, there was a pause before South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered his opening remarks. Sen. Kamala Harris of California could be heard laughing. Then Buttiegieg raised his eyebrows and said, that’s “original -- I’ll give you that.”

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South Bend residents met with officers Thursday night to give input on the City’s police recruitment process. 

Some common concerns discussed were the lack of diversity in South Bend’s police department and the shortage of applicants overall.

Democratic Presidential Debate Tonight In Houston

Sep 12, 2019

September's Democratic presidential debate has been narrowed to one night only, as more candidates have called it quits altogether.

Ten candidates are on stage for three-hour event hosted by ABC News and Univision, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It's the third debate of the campaign and the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are all together.

Who will be the main target, what does it mean and what do the candidates stand for? Follow NPR Politics reporters for live analysis and fact checks.

Debate Watch Party Tonight In South Bend

Sep 12, 2019

The Director of IU South Bend's America Democracy Project says the organization is hosting a debate watch party tonight as ten Democratic candidates for president debate each other for three hours in Houston on live TV.

Here are the debate watch party details: 


Public Invited to Watch 3rd Democratic Presidential Primary Debate

When: Thursday, September 12, 2019


Today the Indiana State Dept. of Health issued a warning about mosquitoes and a rare virus that has been detected in Elkhart County. Earlier this month in Michigan, the disease was confirmed in Berrien County and a person died from it in Kalamazoo County. 

Here is the Indiana Dept. of Health release in its entirety: 

INDIANAPOLIS—State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana.


Interim Study Committee Discusses Farmland Preservation

Sep 12, 2019
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Indiana lawmakers continue to talk about the state’s involvement in farmland preservation. The complex issue comes at a time when farmers are struggling.

The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is looking at ways to protect Hoosier farmland while also encouraging economic growth. The committee was formed last session through a bill that was introduced on the topic.  

Purdue University Sees Main Campus Record Enrollment Again

Sep 12, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University says it has set an enrollment record for the third straight year at its main campus in West Lafayette.

Purdue officials say the campus has 44,551 students for the start of the new fall semester. That's up 2.6% from last year's some 43,400 students, which topped the 2017 mark of about 41,600 students.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels called the enrollment figures an affirmation of the school's faculty and overall student experience.

Number Of Unisured Hoosiers Ticks Up

Sep 11, 2019
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The number of uninsured people in Indiana followed a national trend and increased between 2017 and 2018. About 9,000 fewer Hoosiers have health insurance, the rate went up from 8.2 to 8.3 percent, according to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

At the same time, the number of employed Hoosiers has risen. But Mark Fairchild, director of policy with Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says that doesn’t necessarily mean people are getting insurance.

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The Sierra Club says it’s suing BP for air quality violations at its Whiting Refinery that have harmed northwest Indiana residents’ health. The Hoosier chapter of the organization filed suit against the company in a federal district court on Friday. 

It says for at least four years, state and federal environmental agencies have allowed BP’s Whiting Refinery to emit too much particulate matter — which has been linked to health problems like asthma and heart attacks.

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The Wellness Council of Indiana kicked off a statewide series of employer talks in South Bend on Wednesday. It’s part of a campaign to encourage employers to hire and retain workers struggling with opioid addiction. 

The goal of the seminar was to arm employers with information about opioid abuse and treatment programs so they can help workers who ask for assistance with addiction. Representatives from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Family and Social Services Administration spoke. 


One of the five death row prisoners set to be executed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute is requesting a judge halt his execution because his rights were violated. 

Lezmond Mitchell's execution is set for Dec. 11. He was convicted of stabbing a 63-year-old grandmother to death and slitting her 9-year-old granddaughter's throat. Police found their beheaded, mutilated bodies in a shallow grave on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. 

NEW: Dillinger Family Members Apply Again To Exhume Body

Sep 11, 2019


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Four Winds Casino South Bend broke ground today on a 23 story, 317 room hotel. It's is a major expansion on the property. It will have conference and event spaces, a ballroom, a new restaurant and a day spa to the east of the casino. 


Gov. Eric Holcomb could get a primary challenge next year.

Brian Roth, a Republican from Carmel, filed paperwork this week to run.

Roth runs a leadership consulting firm in the affluent Indianapolis suburb. He filed paperwork for a gubernatorial run with the Indiana Election Division, though he’s not commenting on his potential bid.

Roth’s website touts his 30 years of experience in the U.S. Navy and the private and non-profit sectors.


The Cassopolis school board voted to censure member Sue Horstmann at their meeting Monday for making what the board deemed were inappropriate Facebook posts.