South Bend

Justin Hicks

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for Democratic nominee almost a week ago, but many believe it's not the end of his political career. Some locals are beginning to think about the impact his campaign had on South Bend and what the future may hold now that he’s out of the running.

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The Indiana House honored the longest-serving lawmaker in state history Wednesday, Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend).

Lawmakers regularly honor outgoing members – Bauer’s just came with an extra bit of history. Remarks from his colleagues ranged from the humorous, like Rep. Phil GiaQuinta’s (D-Fort Wayne):

“In 1971, you passed your first bill – tax exemption for the aged," GiaQuinta says. "Which might come in handy now.”

To the heartfelt, like Rep. Earl Harris (D-East Chicago)’s, whose father served with Bauer for 33 years before his death.

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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

“As he was speaking up there, I was suddenly really struck. A really capable, talented, thoughtful, dedicated candidate has dropped out of the race and it’s heartbreaking really,” Thomas says. 

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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

He did not throw his support behind any other candidate, but instead called for unity in the party moving forward. 

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg says.

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

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WVPE is a media sponsor of Kozmo Events' For the Love of Art Fair which will be featured at South Bend's Century Center March 7 and 8. 

The event will present the work of more than 50 regional artists creating original paintings, sculptures, hand-crafted woodwork, fine jewelry and more. 

Hours for the event on Sat., Mar. 7 run from 10am-6pm. 

Hours for Sun., Mar 8 are 11am-4pm.

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The South Bend Common Council and the South Bend Community Schools Board held a first-of-its-kind joint meeting Tuesday night.


The two groups wanted to create a more formal partnership and solve problems that impact them both. 

“We come together for this exciting and historic meeting to begin a dialogue between our two bodies so that we may continue to move our community forward,” said School Board President John Anella in his opening remarks.

Newman Suffered Head Injury, No Internal Injuries In Crash

Feb 23, 2020
AP Photo/David Graham

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ryan Newman says he suffered a head injury in his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500 but didn't disclose details.

Roush team president Steve Newmark opened a news conference before Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by reading a lengthy statement from Newman.

The 42-year-old driver from Indiana apologized for not being at the track.

He says he avoided internal organ damage and broken bones in the crash and is being treated for the head injury. There is no timetable for his return to racing.


The St. Joseph County Public Library broke ground Friday morning on its major renovation and expansion project. 

When finished the main branch of the SJCPL in downtown South Bend will cover a whole block. There will be new outdoor spaces and a community learning center and auditorium.

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WVPE is a media sponsor of Musical Arts Indiana which will bring young voices to the stage at LangLab in South Bend on Leap Day, Saturday, Feb. 29. LangLab is located at 1302 High Street, South Bend, IN.

The event which starts at 7:30pm will feature Broadway and and opera stages. Music from Les Miserables, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Godspell, Lord of the Rings and The Polar Express will be featured.

As for opera, choruses by Puccini, Bizet, Mascagni and Verdi will be performed. 

UPDATE: NASCAR Driver & South Bend Native, Ryan Newman, Released From Hospital

Feb 18, 2020

NEW: Roush Fenway Racing has posted to their Facebook page that Ryan Newman has been released from the hospital. 

Buttigieg's Record On Race Gets A Closer Look

Feb 13, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in looming contests in more diverse states.

Biden Mocks Rival Buttigieg's Record As Small City Mayor

Feb 8, 2020
AP Photo/Elise Amendola


Joe Biden is escalating his criticism of Democratic presidential rival Pete Buttigieg. Biden is mocking Buttigieg's experience as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

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South Bend residents packed inside the County-City building Sunday night for a vigil for a local homeless man who died on Jan 18th.

They used the vigil to send a bigger message to the city. The crowd joined in singing 'Amazing Grace' to remember Darrell Bradberry.

He’s the second homeless man to die of the cold in South Bend in less than a month. 

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has charged two men in connection with alleged crimes that resulted in the death of a man in South Bend over the weekend. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An advocate for the homeless says a man who was found dead under a northern Indiana bridge was near the top of the list to receive permanent government-funded housing or a voucher to rent a private apartment or house.

Buttigieg Seeks Validation From Gathering Of Mayoral Peers

Jan 24, 2020
AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Pete Buttigieg, an appearance before a gathering of the nation's mayors was a home game.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was cheered by his former peers Thursday in Washington as he sought to generate goodwill and electoral support for his Democratic presidential bid.

Critics have derided the 38-year-old for having a limited resume, topped by his eight years running a city of about 100,000.

But at a time when many of his leading rivals are members of a gridlocked U.S. Senate, Buttigieg is trying to turn that into a strength.

William Talcott

Our latest Photo of the Week comes from William Talcott. He captured this wintry snow covered image at Pinhook Park in South Bend a couple years back. The snow appears undisturbed, except for the shadows being cast by the trees. 

We'd love to see and share your images with the WVPE audience. Email images to 

Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken. 

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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.

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.

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. 

Annacaroline Caruso

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.

St. Joseph Co. Jail

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. 


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.


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.