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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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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.

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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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A vote to approve money for a permanent supportive housing project in South Bend was delayed Thursday night.

In March, the City approved $1.5 million for a homeless gateway center - but the project was dropped this Fall. Now there is talk about shifting $1 million of that money to renovate one of the Gemini Apartment buildings on Colfax Avenue.

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The story is well known. In 1988, Sister Maura started the Chapin Street Clinic in a vacant garage, to provide health care for people who are uninsured. She nurtured its growth into a modern building across the street in 1998, and then lent it her name in 2006. Thousands of patients, and hundreds of volunteers and employees have benefited from her vision.

NEW: "Red For Ed" Will Close Goshen Schools Nov. 19, Schools Closing Statewide

Nov 6, 2019
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Friday Goshen Schools announced that there will be no class on Nov. 19 when teachers will rally at the Indiana Statehouse for "Red For Ed" Day. 

Today the school posted the following on its website: 

In order to support GCS teachers and staff who wish to participate in the Indiana State Teachers Association Call to Action Day at the IN General Assembly Organization Day, GCS will be closed on Tuesday, November 19. The number of staff members planning to attend the Call to Action Day is high enough that GCS is unable to procure sufficient substitute teachers for the day in order to have a safe and productive day of instruction. We realize that closing school creates complications for our families and therefore we wanted all to be aware of this decision as soon as possible.  The make-up day will be on Friday, February 14, 2020.

GCS appreciates the support from the Goshen community with the passing of an operating referendum to help offset the lack of funding GCS receives from the state of Indiana. However, the GCS staff is planning to attend the event in Indianapolis to stand up for all public education in the state. Traditional public schools in Indiana have not been adequately funded, while charter schools and vouchers have seen increases in funding. GCS should not have to ask the community for a referendum in order to help pay teachers better salaries and to keep class sizes at manageable levels, but with the significant funding losses GCS has experienced, there was no choice.

Therefore, GCS teachers and staff are standing up for students, for reasonable class sizes, for more qualified teachers in the state’s classrooms, and for better funding for all traditional public schools

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — School days are being called off for tens of thousands of Indiana students as their teachers make plans for attending a union-organized Statehouse rally.

Some school district officials say so many teachers are taking personal time off for the Nov. 19 rally that they wouldn't be able to find enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms. But they also say they support the push by teachers for a bigger boost in school funding.

The president of the Indiana State Teachers Association says at least 4,000 teachers have registered for the Statehouse lobbying effort on the day legislators are gathering for organization meetings ahead of their 2020 session starting in January.

The union says more than 30 school districts have canceled classes or are having students work online from home that day.

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The city of South Bend cut two ribbons Wednesday on the Technology Resource Center at Innovation Park.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got handed a virtual lightsaber, really a VR controller, to cut a ribbon coded by the South Bend Code School.

On the screen the ribbon turned into blue balloons. They also cut a real ribbon with the usual golden scissors for good measure.

WATCH VIDEO: Mueller Wins South Bend Mayoral Race

Nov 5, 2019
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Unofficial vote totals from the St. Joseph Co. Clerk's office indicate that with over 99% of precincts counted, Democrat James Mueller winning the race for South Bend mayor over Republican Sean Haas. Mueller got about 65% of the vote while Haas received approximately 34.9%.

Mueller told his supporters, “I want to give credit to my opponent and my grade school friend Sean for making this race more competitive, but it is important that we won resoundingly to send a message that Trumpism has no place in South Bend.”

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Not many cars were parked in the parking lot at Elkhart's North Side Gym. That is just one of the polling sites in the city where residents may vote today in municipal elections.

White letters on red brick on the outside of the St. Joseph County Public Library main branch in South Bend
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The Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library is now closed as of today. Its last day open was October 31. It’ll be closed for at least a year and a half for a major renovation. 

Library spokesperson Jennifer Henecke said there are plenty of other libraries in South Bend and St. Joseph County for people to use during the renovations.

“We have 10 locations which is actually fairly unique for a city of our size to have so many branches. And this is a great opportunity for people to, kind of, explore their own city.”

Mayors For Pete: Buttigieg Hunts For Support In City Halls

Oct 31, 2019
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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As Pete Buttigieg works to prove the leader of a city of roughly 100,000 people is ready to assume the American presidency, he's relying on help from politicians who would know best: his fellow mayors.

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The South Bend Common Council passed an ordinance Monday night that bans drivers from using their cell phones within city limits. 

It’s already illegal to use a cellphone while driving in a school zone but this ordinance will make it illegal to use your phone while driving anywhere in the City.

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About 50 AmeriCorps members from northern Indiana were sworn into service  Tuesday morning. 

AmeriCorps is a program that sends volunteers across the country to help with various community needs.

A Conversation With South Bend's Mayoral Candidates

Oct 29, 2019

South Bend voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to choose a new mayor for the city. WVPE's Michael Linville is speaking with both candidates looking to replace Pete Buttigieg who is not seeking re-election as he pursues a presidential run.

Here are Michael's conversations with Democrat James Mueller and Republican Sean Haas. 

You can listen to it here. 

 

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The City of South Bend began its 2019 Fall ReLeaf Program Monday. Some new technology is making it easier for residents to track the leaf pickup.

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