Kelly's No. 7 Irish Welcome Scott's Rebuilding South Florida

Sep 17, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — When he became football coach at South Florida in December, Jeff Scott had one regret. He would not have a chance to visit Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 7 with Clemson, where he was offensive coordinator. Because of the pandemic, he will get a chance after all.  Scott and South Florida will visit No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish lost to USF in 2011, but they are currently riding a 19-game winning streak at home.


Whitmer: No Enforcement Of Virus Rules At Trump Rallies

Sep 17, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says it doesn't make sense for Michigan to enforce coronavirus restrictions at President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign rallies and also points to people's constitutional rights. The Democrat has expressed safety concerns with thousands attending a Trump rally last week, calling it a potential superspreader event. Her order restricts outdoor gatherings to no more than 100, though there's an exception for political speech.

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill would rather a court eliminate the current vote-by-mail option for Hoosiers aged 65 or older than allow every eligible voter to cast a mail-in ballot.

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  School City of Mishawaka and Mishawaka Parks and Recreation announced Wednesday that they would use a government grant to target internet deserts in their community. That means free WiFi in city parks and for some families.

PHOTO GALLERY: Images Outside Notre Dame Stadium On A Home Opener Like No Other

Sep 13, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Associated Press and other news organizations and publishers have no digital images from Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against Duke because of the school’s COVID-19 restrictions. Notre Dame did not allow independent photojournalists on the field or in the stands to photograph its opening game. The school used three photographers it employs to shoot images that will be uploaded to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s website.

No. 10 Notre Dame Beats Duke 27-13 In ACC Debut

Sep 12, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, grad quarterback Ian Book threw for 263 yards and No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 on Saturday at rainy Notre Dame Stadium in the season and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The speedy Williams, who saw limited action last season as a freshman, had 19 carries and also was Notre Dame's leading receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder in the first half.


Indiana is making free job training available for up to 100,000 Hoosiers who had their work affected by the pandemic. The courses will be delivered online through an Indianapolis-based company called 180 Skills. 

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Hoosiers across the state are receiving unsolicited absentee ballot applications in the mail from the Indiana Democratic and Republican parties.

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Local firefighters and police officers gathered in South Bend Friday morning to commemorate firefighters and police officers who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s ceremony looked a little different.

Masked officers, spaced six feet apart, surrounded the “Standing Tall” memorial in St. Patrick’s County Park Friday morning. In contrast to previous years, the public was not encouraged to attend the ceremony.

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Notre Dame’s first home football game is Saturday against Duke. But it will be like no other, given the pandemic. Students, faculty and staff are allowed in the stands.  Attendance is limited to 20% of the stadium’s normal capacity, tailgating is not allowed and masks will be required at all times.



The Indiana State Dept. of Health's latest COVID-19 testing figures show that on Thursday, Sept. 10th, the state hit a new all time high in positive coronavirus cases. 

1,282 new cases were reported. That is the highest daily number since the pandemic started. Ten new COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday. The state's 7-day positivity rate for testing is 7%. 

Previously the highest number of cases reported on any given day in Indiana had been 1,279 cases on August 6th. 

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Educators and their communities have pushed officials to publicly track COVID-19 cases found in schools, but one expert warns there hasn't been enough testing to make those numbers meaningful.

Trump Comments On Pandemic At Michigan Rally: "We Did It Just The Right Way"

Sep 11, 2020
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Reeling from another crisis of his own making, President Donald Trump tried to refocus attention on his Democratic rival at a rally in battleground Michigan Thursday as he pushed to move past revelations that he purposefully played down the danger of the coronavirus last winter. But the virus controversy followed him as he faced new pushback from local officials worried about the growing size of his rallies and his campaign’s repeated flouting of public health guidelines intended to halt the COVID-19 spread. That includes Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who raised alarms about Thursday’s event. Trump, however, reveled in the crowd of several thousand, packed shoulder-to-shoulder in a cavernous airport hangar, mostly without masks.


According to the Michigan Secretary of State's office, more than 2.1 million Michigan voters had already requested absentee ballots by Tuesday, eight weeks ahead of the November 3 general election.

Ball State Postpones All 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Sep 10, 2020
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Ball State University is postponing all graduation ceremonies this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The university previously postponed spring and summer commencement plans, rescheduling both for a ceremony on October 10.  Now Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns says that ceremony and one scheduled for December to honor winter graduates will not be held.

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The Purdue Ag Economy Barometer shows farmer sentiment across the country improved in August. The confidence is at the highest level since the pandemic hit U.S. agriculture.

Michiana Chronicles: Leave The Fire

Sep 4, 2020
Anne Magnan-Park

Distance has been the longest-running theme in my life. I don’t look for it, but, somehow, distance manages to find me. Long-distance marriage, long-distance relationships with my extended family across continents, long-distance connection with my first language of expression and culture, and now, like many of us, socially-distant relationships with our geographically not-so distant, local friends and co-workers.


On a Friday evening in late June, Liliana Quintero received a call from one of the Spanish interpreters working at a COVID-19 testing site in Goshen, Indiana. The area has one of Indiana’s higher Latinx populations and higher rates of COVID-19 cases, according to state data.


Notre Dame has posted online what the university's policies will be as it relates to attendance at home football games this season during the pandemic. 

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On a recent morning at Indianapolis' Wayne Township at Chapelwood Elementary, insects chirped and rain fell lightly as the first buses arrived around 7:15 a.m. Staff lined up students on the sidewalk by grade as they came off each bus.

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The Indiana Postal Workers Union says mail carriers are disturbed by recent delays in delivery times as a result of national postal service policies. The union is urging Congress to give funding to the United States Postal Service.

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At a remote, video meeting of the Indiana Election Commission Friday, Republicans again rejected an attempt to expand vote-by-mail for this year’s general election.

Notre Dame Opens ACC Play Against Duke, Won't Play Navy

Aug 6, 2020

Notre Dame opens its season as an Atlantic Coast Conference football member against visiting Duke on Sept. 12. But the Fighting Irish won't face Navy for the first time in more than nine decades as part of the ACC's reconfigured schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league has set up a 10-game conference schedule that includes a nonconference game, though that game must be played in the member school's home state. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to play for the 94th straight year. It was also set to be Notre Dame's first visit to Navy's home field.


Notre Dame Releases 2020 Football Schedule

Aug 6, 2020
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Today via Twitter, Notre Dame released its football schedule for the 2020 season. 

Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC's university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including a nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played. 

Today Is The Primary Election In Michigan

Aug 4, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s primary features a viable challenge to an incumbent congresswoman and campaigns for two U.S. House seats where a Republican and a former GOP member are retiring. Tuesday’s election, which is being marked by a surge of mail-in absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, also will shape races in November for a couple of potentially competitive congressional districts that Democrats flipped in the midterm. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will have a one-on-one rematch after a close 2018 race.

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The most recent measure of the U.S. economy showed a historic drop due to the coronavirus. This comes even after the federal government gave aid to businesses and individuals.

Indiana Governor Urged To Expand Mail Voting During Pandemic

Aug 1, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two former Indiana lieutenant governors called for Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to expand mail-in voting Friday as the coronavirus continues. Without a broad mail-in voting option, former Indiana lieutenant governors John Mutz and Kathy Davis said Friday that fewer voting locations and long lines at polls will further suppress minority, disabled and low-income voters. Mutz, a Republican who severed under former Gov.


Michigan emergency services say they have seen a “substantial increase” in opioid overdoses during the coronavirus pandemic. 


Gov. Eric Holcomb often brags about the Indiana Women’s Prison. Last year, Holcomb showed the prison off to Ivanka Trump. He’s mentioned the prison in his state of the state address and posted videos to his Facebook page. 

“I wanted to be at your graduation because of what it symbolizes for you and your families and for the state of Indiana,” he said at the 2018 graduation ceremony for The Last Mile, a program that teaches inmates how to code. “We’re all in this together.”