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A new statewide campaign to address stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders launched Monday. The "Stigma Never Helps" campaign is designed to break down barriers to treatment. 

Michigan Rep. Amash Formally Withdraws From House GOP Caucus

Jul 8, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan formally withdrew from the House Republican conference Monday, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and "frightened by what I see from it."

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Groundbreaking For New Benham Avenue Apartments In Elkhart

Jul 8, 2019
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The apartments will go up on the north-east corner of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. Eleven one-bedroom units will house people referred by Oaklawn.

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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold three public hearings this month - Thursday, July 11th at the South Bend Century Center, Monday, July 15th at Ball State University, and Tuesday, July 16th at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general says the state's school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses.

Such opinions don't have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

Hill's opinion says a state board that sets safety standards for Indiana's school buses can authorize the use of extra-long stop arms that extend into oncoming traffic.

11 Counties Test Indiana's Bail Bond Relief Pilot Program

Jul 8, 2019
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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Officials in 11 Indiana counties are testing a risk-assessment program to determine whether people who have been arrested should be required to post bail while awaiting trial.

Porter County adult probation official Melanie Golumbeck says the pretrial release program that launched in March 2017 evaluates jail inmates' ability to pay bail.

A judge then decides whether to reduce bond or free the defendant on their own recognizance.

The county has conducted 390 assessments so far this year.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak at the 2019 Young Democrats of America convention in Indianapolis next week.

The Young Democrats of America and the Indiana Young Democrats announced Sunday that Pelosi will speak to the meeting on the evening of Friday, July 19.

The groups say more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the convention July 17-20, at Indianapolis' Union Station.

South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to address the convention on July 18.

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UPDATE:  The Indiana DNR issued an update today on the impact that weather is having on the search for Rahem Mason in Lake Michigan off the beach in Michigan City.

Here is the latest from the DNR: 

 

The rough water and high waves on Lake Michigan continue to hinder divers searching for missing South Bend swimmer Rahem Mason.

Witnesses observed Mason, 17, disappear beneath the surface of the water on Lake Michigan and not resurface at approximately 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Divers from Michigan City Police, LaPorte County Sheriffs Office, Michigan City Fire Department, and Indiana Conservation Officers met this morning and determined conditions were unsafe to conduct dive operations due to five-foot waves in the Washington Park area.

Waves crashed over the break wall as members of the various departments walked the lighthouse pier to visually search the area near the pier. The Michigan City Fire Department launched a UAV (drone) to search the area from the air. 

Indiana Conservation Officers are considering a sonar search by boat this afternoon if the lake provides workable conditions for sonar use.

Divers from the respective departments plan on diving tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A court says Purdue University may have discriminated against a male student who was accused of sexual assault.

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A J.C. Penney store has closed after more than 90 years at two locations in southwestern Michigan's Berrien County.

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THREE RIVERS, Mich. (AP) — A toddler has died after being pulled from her family's swimming pool in southwestern Michigan.

Anti-ICE Graffiti Spray-Painted On Michigan Capitol

Jul 6, 2019

  

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol.

South Bend Weighs More Police Cameras

Jul 6, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor is considering buying additional body cameras for its police officers, although it's unclear if the proposal was spurred by a white police officer's recent fatal shooting of a black man.

Pete Buttigieg Has Money. Can He Turn It Into A 2020 Win?

Jul 6, 2019
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CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg stunned the Democratic presidential field with a nearly $25 million second-quarter fundraising haul.

Now he needs to figure out how to use that money to build a campaign that can go the distance against nearly two dozen rivals — many of them better known — and ensure that enthusiasm from donors is matched by support from voters.

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