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Shortly before 5pm Monday, the President of Notre Dame sent an email to the campus community to express regret for not wearing a face mask and for shaking hands instead of social distancing during the Rose Garden ceremony to announce Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

South Bend Mayor Marries Over The Weekend

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and Kellye Mitros were wed on Saturday at Island Park at the Century Center, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg officiating according to a spokesman for the city.

The ceremony was small, with 20 immediate family members and four close friends in attendance.

The couple will have larger celebration and a honeymoon at a later date. The Mayor won’t be taking any time off this week as it’s currently budget season and there’s a Common Council meeting tonight. 

Trump Picks Conservative Amy Coney Barrett Of South Bend For Supreme Court

Sep 26, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators are lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett before the Nov. 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power.

GOP Expecting Trump To Tap Barrett For Supreme Court

Sep 25, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are expecting President Donald Trump to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as he aims to put a historic stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Even before Trump unveils the pick, conservative groups and congressional allies are laying the groundwork for a swift confirmation process for Barrett.

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City and county leaders in St. Joseph County are expressing concern about the state's moving to Stage 5.

Today Notre Dame announced that it won't begin in-person classes for the spring semester until Feb. 3. 

ND Grad Who Is A South Bend Resident Is A Front-Runner To Be Supreme Court Nominee

Sep 21, 2020
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CHICAGO (AP) — A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who lives in South Bend who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. Amy Coney Barrett is hailed by religious conservatives and others on the right as an ideological heir to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She is a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School and taught there before being appointed as a judge to the 7th Circuit.

Photo Of The Week - Humming Along

Sep 17, 2020
Debbie Ray

Another hummingbird photo is the pick for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.   Thanks to Debbie Ray of South Bend for this image. Debbie says she has been in self-quarantine since March. She only sees neighbors and a few friends occasionally so she says she has "adopted these little guys." She took this picture as a hummingbird visited the bird feeder on her balcony on the south side of South Bend on September 5. She says the presence of the hummingbirds helps to make life more bearable for her during the pandemic. 

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Researchers say extra money from the U.S. government helped many people rise out of poverty, even during the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. But now much of that stimulus is gone and poverty is rising again.

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Notre Dame has announced its campus police force arrested a man on a number of charges, including alleged criminal confinement involving a first year ND student.


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60 South Bend businesses received five thousand dollars each Wednesday through the city’s Small Business Resiliency Grant program. The money is meant to help veteran, minority and women-owned businesses weather the current economic crisis.

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Indiana State Police have released details of a trooper who was on a traffic stop this weekend, when he rushed into action to help people escape a burning home. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Images Outside Notre Dame Stadium On A Home Opener Like No Other

Sep 13, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Associated Press and other news organizations and publishers have no digital images from Saturday’s Notre Dame home game against Duke because of the school’s COVID-19 restrictions. Notre Dame did not allow independent photojournalists on the field or in the stands to photograph its opening game. The school used three photographers it employs to shoot images that will be uploaded to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s website.


Today news of an arrest was made public following the weekend discovery of a woman who had been stabbed to death in South Bend. 

According to charging documents, the suspect had a history of domestic violence with the victim a "No Contact" order was in place.  

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Notre Dame used the occasion of the first home game of the 2020 season to announce a contract extension for head football coach Brian Kelly. The contract is extended through 2024. ND's Athletic Director, Jack Swarbrick, said in a statement that the announcement had been planned for the Blue-Gold Game in April, but when the game was canceled the announcement was delayed until this weekend. The terms of the contract extension were actually negotiated in late 2019. 

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Notre Dame’s first home football game is Saturday against Duke. But it will be like no other, given the pandemic. Students, faculty and staff are allowed in the stands.  Attendance is limited to 20% of the stadium’s normal capacity, tailgating is not allowed and masks will be required at all times.


Photo Of The Week - Rainbows Over Tippecanoe Place

Sep 10, 2020
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The skies over South Bend provided a stunning backdrop for WVPE's latest Photo of the Week.   Sam Lima of South Bend captured this image of rainbows over Tippecanoe Place on August 27, 2020. Built by Clem Studebaker from 1886-1889, Tippecanoe Place is an iconic South Bend landmark. 

 We'd love to see what you are taking pictures of. 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. 

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During a biweekly news conference City of South Bend and St. Joseph County officials expressed optimism about COVID-19 statistics currently trending downward. 

"We acknowledge the impact of the cases at Notre Dame. Much of that has washed out," Dr. Mark Fox with the St. Joseph Co. Health Department said. 

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has released information on an early morning shooting that has left one woman dead and another behind bars. 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Bar and restaurant owners in South Bend are exploring ways to attract more customers after the University of Notre Dame limited attendance at Irish football games to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. The school’s decision to limit attendance to 20% of stadium capacity and ban campus tailgating sent bars, restaurants and venues scrambling to come up with ways to make up some of the potential revenue shortfall.

Trump To Give Lou Holtz Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Sep 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he intends to give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to longtime football coach Lou Holtz. Trump made the announcement Friday at the White House as Holtz looked on. The president did not announce a date for the ceremony but said it would be soon. Holtz spent 34 years coaching both college and professional football teams, including at Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina. He was among the speakers at last week's Republican National Convention. 


Notre Dame has posted online what the university's policies will be as it relates to attendance at home football games this season during the pandemic. 

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The president of Notre Dame announced that based on improving conditions with COVID-19, the university will return in stages to in-person classes and levels of activity that were in place before the "pause." 

Fr. John Jenkins spoke to the university community in a live broadcast via YouTube Friday morning to announce the plans. He cited an improving positivity rate in testing and said that the gradual resumption of in-person class will start on Wed., Sept. 2. There will also be a gradual reopening of common spaces on campus, as well. 

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Last night at the GOP National Convention, former Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz spoke in support of President Trump. Today, the President of Notre Dame has issued a statement on what Holtz had to say.

Here is a portion of Rev. John Jenkins comments:

“While Coach Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame, his use of the University’s name at the Republican National Convention must not be taken to imply that the University endorses his views, any candidate or any political party."


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame has added security personnel at its COVID-19 quarantine and isolation sites after students were observed leaving the off-campus apartments and hotels in violation of safety protocols. University spokesman Dennis Brown says students under quarantine agreed to a code of conduct requiring them to remain in their designated rooms. Brown says the university has contracted for eight security people to monitor the quarantine sites around the clock.


On August 24th, St. Joseph County recorded 154 new COVID-19 cases. This is the second highest daily case count for the county, surpassed only by Aug. 20th when 177 new cases were recorded. This spike in numbers is a result of the testing at Notre Dame now being reflected in the state data. The spike to some extent syncs up with the timing of when ND moved to online instruction due to the coronavirus outbreaks within the university community. 

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NEW (Posted Aug. 23): 

Today, Notre Dame posted its latest COVID-19 statistics on its online dashboard. The figures from Aug. 22nd show that 19 new cases were reported. That brings the university's total number of cases to 408.