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Commencement at Notre Dame was held earlier on Sunday and moved indoors due to weather.  Here is the university's recap of the event:

UPDATE: Notre Dame Moves Commencement Indoors

May 18, 2019
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From Notre Dame:

Due to the high probability of heavy rain and lightning, the University of Notre Dame has moved its 174th University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday (May 19) to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, beginning two hours earlier than scheduled, at 8 a.m. Individual diploma ceremonies also will start earlier than scheduled, at noon Sunday.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a northern Indiana man of charges alleging that he bilked his employer out of more than $2 million.

The jury in South Bend convicted 62-year-old Kevin Clinton on Tuesday of four counts of mail fraud.

Federal prosecutors say the New Carlisle man was employed as the chief information officer for a South Bend business. He allegedly incorporated his own business and used a virtual office to submit fraudulent billings to his employer totaling more than $2.2 million.

Former South Bend Zoo Chimp Now In Baltimore

May 15, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) — A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore's zoo.

In a Tuesday statement, the Maryland Zoo announced that Alex has recently completed a month-long quarantine, a standard procedure when introducing a new animal. He was able to see and hear the other chimps in the zoo's "Chimpanzee Forest" exhibit during that time.

Commencement Is This Weekend At Notre Dame

May 13, 2019
University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame issued the following release of information about this weekend's graduation ceremonies:  

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,147 degrees during Commencement Weekend Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) on campus.

Jennifer Weingart/WVPE


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A published report says Indiana's May school referendums failed at their highest rate in 8 years.


City Of Elkhart Denies Deadly Crash Responsibility

May 6, 2019

University of Notre Dame

The President of Notre Dame remembers Lugar as a friend to the University who visited campus on several occasions, including as commencement speaker in 2003.  


The Elkhart Public Library is hosting a bilingual day of stories, dance and art on Sunday.

El dìa de los libros/El dìa de los niños or just Dìa is a celebration of childhood literacy regardless of language or cultural background. The American Library Association promotes the day annually.

This is the first year the Elkhart Public Library has hosted an event. Sam Householder with the library said it’s a way to bring the diverse communities of the city to the library.

Justin Hicks/WVPE

The University of Notre Dame announced Friday it was awarded a $42.4 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Notre Dame Announces $42.4 Million Grant Award

Apr 26, 2019

88.1 WVPE's Justin Hicks is covering this story. We'll have more from him soon.

In the meantime, here is Notre Dame's news release from the event:


Cities around the area are celebrating this weekend for Arbor Day.

IUSB is hosting a zero waste breakfast this morning, Goshen has activities and tree giveaways this evening. Elkhart is hosting a full environmental event Saturday including a celebration for it’s 30 years of having a ‘Tree City USA’ designation.

Jamison Czarnecki is the supervisor at the Elkhart Environmental Center.