South Bend

Justin Hicks

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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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana driver’s manual will be translated into four more languages in order to settle a federal lawsuit.

The agreement will have the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles provide the manual in Arabic, Burmese, Chin and Mandarin by March 2021.

That deal resolves a lawsuit filed last year by immigrant assistance group Neighbor to Neighbor of South Bend, which claimed the BMV was discriminating by providing the manual in only English and Spanish.

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WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the Broadway Theatre League now announcing that Disney's The Lion King will be at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend for a three week run in 2020. 

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About 50 local activists faced the cold Friday morning for a climate strike at Howard Park in South Bend. It was meant to invoke a sense of urgency among city officials about the climate change crisis.

Activists sang songs about climate change and spoke about their own experiences before marching from Howard Park to the County-City Building.

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Just Goods is a local store popping up for the holidays from now through December 29th offering organic, sustainable, and naturally produced goods from near and far.

It's located with Brain Lair Books at 714 E. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown South Bend. It's two holiday shopping experiences in one location. Shop near the newly reopened Howard Park which is just steps away. 

 

The Brain Lair this holiday season and year round is dedicated to helping children and teens see themselves in a new light through handpicked books featuring characters from all walks of life. 

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An event designed to show that there is support in the local South Bend African American community for Pete Buttigieg, at one point devolved into protest.

Some of the community members who had gathered to speak in favor of Buttigieg included Karen White and Sharon McBride who are on the South Bend Common Council, Gladys Muhammad with the South Bend Heritage Foundation and Michael Patton who is a local pastor. 

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The South Bend School Board approved a plan to get a referendum on the ballot in Spring. The referendum could raise money for the school district which has been losing millions from tax caps, decline in student population, and more.

Southold Dance Theater Presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec 1, 2019
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Southold Dance Theater continues the tradition this holiday season by offering multiple opportunities for the community to see The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend.   

A toddler in gray winter coart traces the D in 'Howard' in white cut out letters as tall as he is stuck into mostly dead grass
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This time of year the main attraction at Howard Park is the skating pond and new ice trail. The city brought in a big name to inaugurate the ice during a re-opening event Friday.

Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Brian Boitano entertained visitors and created a new skating move for one well-known resident.

“Boot, edge, edge is a skating term. We have a boot and we have a blade with two edges on it. So I thought as a tribute to you we would make a move called the boot, edge, edge!”

South Bend Man Pleads Guilty To Murdering Ex-Girlfriend

Nov 29, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 26-year-old South Bend man has pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend.

Marshun Lloyd at a court hearing this week admitted that he killed 30-year-old Ashley Starr in March of this year.

Starr’s body was found on March 10 on the floor of her home. An investigation revealed that Starr and Lloyd had recently broken up after a tumultuous relationship in which Lloyd had allegedly threatened her life.

Lloyd is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

UPDATE: 

St. Joseph Co. Police have released more information on the deadly Thanksgiving Day fire in Osceola.

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The investigation into the shooting of a black man killed by a white police officer in South Bend is not expected to be complete before February.

The police shooting in June gained national attention because the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is running for president.

The special prosecutor leading the investigation, Richard Hertel, told The Associated Press that his hope is to finish by February, although there’s a remote possibility it could happen before then.

Iowa's first in the nation caucuses are Feb. 3, 2020. 

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The final touches are being put on the overhauled Howard Park. The city is throwing it a big ‘welcome back’ party on Friday with art, fireworks, food and celebrity guests. 

“It’s critical that cities have places like this where we can come together and celebrate milestones, celebrate large occasions," Aaron Perri, director of Venues, Parks and Arts for South Bend said. "A place to show off to visitors when they come to town and see what South Bend’s all about.” 

Biden Snares SB Councilman Oliver Davis' Endorsement

Nov 22, 2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has sent a message to Pete Buttigieg with three endorsements from black Indiana leaders, including one from the South Bend mayor's hometown.

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The City of South Bend created a plan to be carbon neutral by 2050. Some local activists say the plan isn’t urgent enough.

The plan will target transportation and energy use, which city officials say are the biggest culprits of greenhouse gasses in South Bend.

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