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South Bend organizations in workforce and education got a boost from the Office of Career Connection and Talent and the governor’s office on Friday. They were the fifth in Indiana to earn the title of “21st Century Talent Region.”

At the announcement, Career Connections and Talent Secretary Blair Milo credited the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership with organizing programs that will create new workers and then connect them to jobs. 

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has rearranged his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr. Buttigieg’s campaign said in a statement Saturday night that the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, “looks forward to being with the citizens and leaders of Columbia” as they celebrate the federal holiday that commemorates the late civil rights leader.

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WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Broadway Theatre League which is bringing the musical Bandstand to the stage of the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. 

The show is set in 1945 as U.S. soldiers come home from World War II. It revolves around PFC Donny Novitski who wants to win a national music competition. 

The show's creator has won multiple Tony Awards, including one for Hamilton.

You can see Bandstand Friday, Jan. 24 at 8pm; Sat., Jan. 25 at 2 & 8pm and Sun., Jan. 26 at 2pm. 

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WVPE is a media sponsor of the Morris Performing Arts Center which is featuring the National Ballet of Odessa, Ukraine on Friday, January 17.

A full-length ballet version of Romeo and Juliet in two acts will be performed starting at 7:30pm on Friday. 

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine brings 55 talented Ukrainian ballet stars to present the most passionate romantic tragedy of love.

For more information about the ballet, including how to get tickets, click here. 

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South Bend residents gathered Friday to discuss the affordable housing crisis which has been an ongoing issue in the city. 

Finding housing issues to discuss was easy for the group - things like homelessness, unaffordable rent, and income gaps. But they had a bit more trouble coming up with solutions.

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A 26-year-old man in South Bend has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend by stabbing her 105 times.

Marshun Lloyd had been sending his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Starr, threatening text messages after she took out a no-contact order against him. Starr was found dead in her home on March 10. Her autopsy showed she died of multiple stab wounds.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office has announced that an arrest has been made following a weekend homicide in South Bend. 

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The Commander of the St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit released new information today regarding a shooting on January 1st and about another separate homicide case unfolding this weekend.

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150 low-income families in South Bend received computers and internet access Wednesday. 

People lined up inside the Technology Resource Center in Ignition Park, waiting to receive their computer.

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A protest was staged in South Bend on the eve of the U.S. House debating and voting on Articles of Impeachment against Pres. Donald Trump. The demonstration was outside the office of Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican who has indicated he will not support impeachment and will support Trump when the issue comes before the U.S. Senate. 

Some demonstrators chanted, "Lock him up!" A variation on the chant often heard at Trump's rallies when he urges his supporters to voice displeasure about his 2016 political opponent, Hillary Clinton. Below are video clips of protestors chanting. 

About 50 protestors lined the sidewalk in front of Braun’s office Tuesday night. They want President Donald Trump impeached.

A Fort Wayne priest is on administrative leave after a sexual abuse allegation was made against him. According to a statement from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Fr. Joseph Gaughan  was accused of sexually abusing a minor while serving at St. Anthony de Padua parish in South Bend over 20 years ago.

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The South Bend Redevelopment Commission voted to reallocate $1 million to renovate the exterior of one of the controversial Gemini Apartment buildings Thursday night. 

The project received backlash from neighbors last month because up to six apartments have been designated to be used as permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a South Bend clinic that performs abortions will stay open.

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance first tried to open a clinic in South Bend in 2017. But the state wouldn’t give it a license – it said the organization’s application was incomplete and inaccurate.

Just Goods is a local store popping up for the holidays through December 29 offering organic, sustainable, and naturally produced goods from near and far.  It's located with Brain Lair Books at 714 East Jefferson Boulevard in downtown South Bend.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended his final Common Council meeting as mayor Monday night.

People packed into the South Bend Common Council room to watch Buttigieg give his farewell address.

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