A community forum on the opioid epidemic in Michiana  is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 from 6:00 P.M.- 8:30 P.M. at DW 1001 Wiekamp Hall, 1800 Mishawaka Avenue, on the campus of IU South Bend.

The forum will begin with a panel discussion that includes a diverse range of expert panelists from the fields of medicine, counseling, legal services, social work, patient advocacy, and law enforcement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame's Young Leaving School For WNBA

Apr 9, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame guard Jackie Young will skip her senior season and enter the WNBA draft. She announced her decision on Twitter, nearly a day after the Irish lost a heartbreaking game to Baylor for the NCAA championship.

Democrat Jon Hoadley Launches Run Against Rep. Fred Upton

Apr 9, 2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley is launching a campaign to unseat longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan.

Hoadley, who announced his run Monday, has represented the Kalamazoo area since 2015. He says he's tired of "watching those with so much tell the rest of us that we haven't earned anything at all."

Upton has been in Congress for more than 32 years. His 4 percentage point victory in the 6th District last year — the narrowest of his career — has buoyed Democrats before 2020.

Gov. Holcomb To Deliver Ball State Commencement Address

Apr 8, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to become the first Indiana governor to deliver a spring commencement speech at Ball State University.

LGBT Donors Helping Pete Buttigieg Defy 2020 Expectations

Apr 8, 2019

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) — Jonah Burrell first contributed to Pete Buttigieg's campaign after watching the first prominent openly gay presidential candidate on television.

Ethics Panel Dismisses Complaint Against Speaker Bosma

Apr 8, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint against Speaker Brian Bosma who was accused of illegally using campaign funds to collect unflattering information about a former intern.

The committee said Monday that "reasonable cause does not exist to support the alleged violation." The committee had hired a lawyer to review the matter.

Bosma, a Republican, says he's pleased with the ethics committee's "unanimous and bipartisan decision."

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: The male Kosciusko County Jail inmate that was discovered unresponsive, and later died, has been identified as Christopher A. Hinson, 42 of North Webster, IN.

Hinson was in the jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine and dealing methamphetamine.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a ban on so-called ballot selfies.

Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, sued in 2016 to try to stop Michigan's ban on taking photos of marked ballots or publicly exposing them.

Greenleaf Foods

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A company that makes plant-based burgers, sausages and other vegetarian meat alternatives plans to build a $310 million production facility in central Indiana that will eventually employ 460 people.

Elmhurst, Illinois-based Greenleaf Foods SPC announced Monday that the plant would be built on a 57-acre site in Shelbyville near the intersection of Interstate 74 and State Road 44 and is expected to begin operations in late 2020.

Greenleaf says the 230,000-square-foot plant will employ 460 people when fully operational in 2021.

Work Zone Awareness Week

Apr 8, 2019

This week is national Work Zone Awareness Week, a safety campaign for road workers. 

Indiana and Michigan officials are hosting events in an effort to make drivers more safety-minded.

It’s getting to be construction season in the Midwest and officials are asking drivers to be more aware of the construction workers on roadways.

The theme for this year’s Work Zone Awareness Week is ‘Drive Like You Work Here.’

Diane Cross is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Purdue's Edwards Plans To Hire Agent, Enter NBA Draft

Apr 8, 2019

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards will give up his final year of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-1 shooting guard also plans to hire an agent. He made the announcement on Twitter .

Edwards was the leading scorer for the Boilermakers this season, averaging 24.3 points. It was the highest average of any Big Ten Conference player since Shawn Respert of Michigan State had 25.6 points in 1994-95.

Ivy Tech

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is one of four community colleges across the nation chosen for a push to boost single mothers' college success rates.

The national nonprofit Education Design Lab will oversee a structured process under which the four colleges will design, implement and scale efforts intended to dramatically improve single mothers' success rates at the four institutions by addressing the unique needs of those women.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Todd Young is co-sponsoring legislation that would expand a federal program which rewards nurses who work in underserved areas.

The Indiana Republican and Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama introduced legislation Thursday that would allow for-profit medical providers to participate in the program.

Al Martin / WKAR - MSU

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Firefighters responded to 10 small furniture fires and 23 people were arrested near Michigan State’s campus after the Spartans lost 61-51 to Texas Tech in the Final Four.

The Lansing State Journal reports that a crowd near the school’s East Lansing campus grew to about 1,500 people on Saturday night. Two signs and a police vehicle were damaged before the crowd was dispersed.

Baylor Holds Off Notre Dame 82-81 For Women’s Title

Apr 7, 2019

UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence will join President Donald Trump in addressing the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association in Indianapolis next week.

Pence will be the featured speaker at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum on April 26. Trump will be the keynote speaker at the forum the same day.


The NRA has announced that it is bringing its annual meeting back to Indianapolis later this month.

President Trump is scheduled to speak at a forum at the event on Friday, April 26.

It's crunch time if you still need to get registered to vote in Indiana. 

Monday, April 8th is the voter registration deadline for the May primary.

Early (absentee-in-person) voting starts Tuesday, April 9th.

2019 is a municipal election year in Indiana. The primary is May 7.

Most cities and towns in Indiana will cast votes for mayor, council, and city ballot questions.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the state's attorney general has stalled a measure that would allow people to change their gender on driver's licenses and IDs.

Bureau spokeswoman Susan Guyer says that Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule because the public wasn't sufficiently informed of the plan.

The bureau proposed the rule that would require a birth certificate or a special state Department of Health form to change gender on licenses and IDs. It was slated to become effective in October.

Photo provided by Mike Franz of Visit South Bend Mishawaka

MISHAWAKA – Which member of WVPE’s team won an award this week?  Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Tom Labuzienski, an underwriting consultant with 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, received the honor as one of the “Faces of Tourism” at the 2018 Visit South Bend Mishawaka Tourism Awards Reception.  The award honors individuals dedicated to promoting the area and having "a positive impact"

on the local tourism industry:

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Century Center

Apr 9, 2018

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.



A second baby was discovered Sunday evening in a Safe Haven Baby Box in Coolspring Township, just outside of Michigan City.


This is the second baby found in the same box within five months. The first one in November of last year.

The baby box was installed at the Coolspring fire station in April 2016. There are two boxes in the state, the other at Woodburn Fire Station, outside of Fort Wayne.

No babies have yet been left at the Woodburn box.

Various events around Michiana will take place tomorrow in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  assassination.

A series of events in South Bend will commemorate the life of Rev. King, including a candlelight vigil at Leighton Plaza by the King Statue at 7:30.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE


A new grassroots movement based in Washington, DC hopes to encourage South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to run in the 2020 presidential election.  

The movement has no association with Buttigieg or his campaign. Mark Meier lives in Washington DC, and launched the effort, despite never meeting the South Bend mayor. But, he says Buttigieg has a lot of the qualities the Democratic Party needs in a candidate. He said it all began when he read an article about the mayor.