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The Indiana State Dept. of Health is hosting the following free drive-thru clinics next week: This comes after some clinics in Indiana have been impacted by the recent heat and have had to curtail hours. 



Team Rehabilitation

223 Chicago Ave.

July 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



North Side Gymnasium

300 Lawrence St.

July 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.


Today the University of Notre Dame released a copy of a letter that the school's President Rev. John Jenkins sent to the acting leader of Homeland Security urging the department to reverse course on a plan to deport international students who don't attend class in-person in the fall due to the coronavirus.

Ex-Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan In Care Facility With Alzheimer's

Jul 9, 2020
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A magazine article published by his alma mater says former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan has lost the ability to speak due to Alzheimer's disease and is living in a care facility. Tina Noel, who was Kernan's gubernatorial press secretary, confirmed the details of the Notre Dame Magazine report to The Associated Press, and said Kernan was diagnosed several years ago. The Democrat won three elections as South Bend mayor before being elected lieutenant governor with Gov. Frank O'Bannon in 1996.

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The City of Elkhart has closed a pool and spray park due to the coronavirus outbreak.

(You can read the Elkhart Mayor's announcement below.) 

The state of the COVID-19 outbreak in Elkhart County that warranted action from the state has led to this decision.

Sunday night Elkhart authorities released details of a killing in the city of Elkhart.

BREAKING: Homicide In South Bend

Jul 3, 2020

The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a killing that occurred overnight in South Bend.

Photo Of The Week - Nightly Walk On Campus

Jul 2, 2020
Becky Baxter

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week features one of the lakes on the campus at Notre Dame. The sun reflects on the water as people in silhouette walk along the shore. Thanks to Becky Baxter for capturing this image during one of her nightly walks. We'd like to see your photos too. Email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org. 

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. 

(AP Photo/Allen Breed)

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on a hit and run crash that occurred early this morning that killed a bicyclist. 

Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News

Schools in St. Joseph County, Indiana are preparing to reopen in the fall under pandemic conditions. Public schools in St. Joseph County released plans  Tuesday outlining how officials will try to limit exposure to COVID-19. 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently voted to uphold DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s a victory for immigration advocates and those pushing for expanded protections and paths to citizenship, but many say the fight is far from over. 


A half dozen charges have been filed against a young woman who investigators say was going at least 75 mph when she allegedly caused a deadly five car chain reaction crash Sunday in South Bend. 

Pandemic Spurring Rise In RV Sales In Northern Indiana

Jun 28, 2020
(Mount Comfort RV)

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — Dealerships in northern Indiana that sell recreational vehicles are seeing a surge in demand for RVs as people eye summer road trips with their families in place of air travel and cruises amid the coronavirus pandemic. Darryl Searer is president of the RV Museum and Hall of Fame. He says RV manufacturers in Elkhart southern Michigan have worked extensively to fulfill orders for customers tired of being stuck at home. He added that the RV industry saw record sales last month at dealerships in Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona.

The Friday Pitch-In

Jun 26, 2020

Indiana recently launched a grant program to help schools improve remote learning. The added money is meant to increase the amount of devices available for students, help close gaps in connectivity, and train teachers in remote instruction. Today we get updates on this story and more.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — People living near a South Bend church where the homeless have formed a tent encampment on the property are asking the city to shut it down. The Monroe Park Neighborhood Association is pushing for immediate action from the city, hoping Mayor James Mueller comes up with an alternative to the tents. According to the South Bend Tribune, Mueller said he would look into establishing an emergency shelter funded by the city, but has made no progress.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Advocates for immigration reform rallied in South Bend Thursday night, calling on Indiana lawmakers to make changes that would help many undocumented Hoosiers. 

Peter Ringenberg

Notre Dame has announced that Pete Buttigieg will join the faculty as a fellow with ND's Institute for Advanced Study.

(Below is more information from ND's announcement.)

Andrew Kreider

It was twenty-five years ago.  Pastor Duane Beck of Belmont Mennonite Church had just done a funeral for a young man in the neighborhood who had died from a gunshot wound.  At the service, Pastor Duane told the young man’s friends: If you would like to do something to bring meaning and change from this death, then I’ll help you organize yourselves.  Out of that offer, a local movement began – it was entirely youth led, and it called itself Drop Your Guns.  Over the next number of months, DYG organized themselves into a hopeful force in Elkhart.  They spoke to local businesses, to churches,

Justin Hicks / WVPE

The YMCA of Greater Michiana is partnering with South Bend Venues Parks and Arts by using the O’Brien Fitness Center to try and continue offering YMCA programs in the area. The Y announced about one month ago it would be closing its South Bend location for good due to financial struggles worsened by the pandemic. 

Deadly Shooting In Elkhart

Jun 23, 2020

Elkhart Police have released information on a deadly shooting that occurred Monday night. 

Notre Dame Sees $100M-Plus Revenue Shortfall For Next Year

Jun 21, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is projecting a more than $100 million revenue shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year in part because of the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent to Notre Dame staff, faculty and students last week, university President the Rev. John Jenkins and other top administrators cited “financial aid expenditures, flat endowment payout, lower auxiliary revenue and projected lower levels of philanthropy” during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Photo Of The Week - Fog On The River At Sunset

Jun 18, 2020
CJ Beutien

WVPE's Photo of the Week captures an image of fog on the St. Joseph River at sunset on Northside Blvd at 32nd Street in South Bend from last month.

Thanks to WVPE listener-member CJ Beutien for sharing this photo with us. 

Do you have an image to share? We'd love to see your submissions. Just email them to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

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. 

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

City of South Bend officials released the latest draft of the police discipline matrix Thursday. This comes after pressure from the community to see steps taken with police reform.


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released new information on the shooting and killing of a child Thursday in South Bend. Investigators believe a 4-year-old child accidentally fired on a 1-year-old sibling.

UPDATE: Arrest In Weekend Killing In South Bend

Jun 17, 2020
Photo provided by the St. Joseph Co. Jail


The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released new information on charges against a weekend murder suspect. 

Today South Bend FOP Lodge 36 released results of a police survey.

Justin Hicks / WVPE Public Radio

South Bend residents gave input on a rough draft of a police citizens review board bill during a public meeting Tuesday night. This is the first step of many before the board can be approved.

Justin Hicks

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Eric Logan by a white South Bend police officer. Some of Logan’s family and close friends held a memorial service Tuesday night and marched to demand justice one year after his death.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

Exactly one year ago, Eric Logan, a black man from South Bend, was shot and killed by a white City police officer who didn’t activate his body camera. The community is still dealing with the aftermath of the fatal shooting and is finding ways to remember Logan on the anniversary of his death.

Image from IU South Bend's Facebook page