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Dave Griffith

A writing workshop in South Bend Saturday morning is designed specifically for kids on the autism spectrum.

Write Differently is a creative writing workshop catered to students with autism in grades three through 12.

Mike Keen

A bench in a neighborhood in South Bend is providing residents with more than just a place to relax. 

The Laughing Bench at 911 Portage Avenue is meant to give people a sense of community. It’s said that if you sit on the bench with another person, you can’t help but laugh.

Annacaroline Caruso

An Elkhart flute maker was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association to celebrate his contribution over 70 years in the business.

However, Emerson DeFord wasn't always in the flute making business.

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A group protested against a mega-industrial development west of South Bend at the City-County building and the County Council meeting last night.

The Indiana Enterprise Center would redevelop a large area between South Bend and New Carlisle. Twenty-two thousand acres that is now mostly farms.

Protestors from the Open Spaces and Agricultural Alliance of St. Joseph County say the land has already been developed...to grow food. 

Elkhart-Based Payroll Company Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Aug 13, 2019
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana-based payroll processing company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, blaming its financial woes on a "complex scheme" orchestrated by its founder.

Notre Dame Professors Lead Archaeological Dig

Aug 12, 2019
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WILMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A group conducting an archaeological dig in northern Illinois has found pieces of broken pottery, projectile points and other artifacts dating to the 1600s.

Two University of Notre Dame professors have been leading summer volunteers on an exploration at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The project at the Middle Grant Creek Site is revealing how people of the Oneota culture lived in the area four centuries ago.

Annacaroline Caruso

The Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix returned this weekend, but this time things were a little different.

Go-karts lit up the streets of Elkhart this weekend for the first-ever night race.

St. Joseph County Jail


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A flight attendant on a Chicago-to-South Bend flight has been charged with public intoxication.

Forty-nine-year-old Julianne March of Waukesha, Wisconsin, faces an Aug. 29 initial hearing after being charged Thursday.

Court documents say March was part of an Air Wisconsin crew working an Aug. 2 United Express flight when passengers became "scared for their lives" due to her apparent medical condition after departing Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Annacaroline Caruso

South Bend residents gathered Thursday night for the first in a series of seven meetings to give input on police practices. 

People who attended the meeting were broken into small groups with facilitators leading each conversation.


The South Bend Schools new superintendent met with parents, teachers, and community members Wednesday morning for the first “Talks with Todd.”

“Talks with Todd” are an opportunity for anyone to share issues or ideas with South Bend Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings.

Annacaroline Caruso

Kids attended a workshop at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts center to learn how to make movie sounds, something also known as Foley. 

The kids who attended the Foley workshop recreated the sounds from the opening scene of Back to the Future.

Community members can join the South Bend Police Department Tuesday night for the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

The SBPD hosts multiple events for the community throughout the year.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have hired former Notre Dame women's associate head coach Niele Ivey among the new assistants on Taylor Jenkins' staff. There are now nine women coaches in the NBA. The Grizzlies also announced the hiring of Brad Jones, David McClure, James "Scoonie" Penn, Vitaly Potapenko and Neven Spahija. Ivey spent the past 12 seasons at her alma mater with the last four as Notre Dame's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.

St. Joseph Co. Jail



The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office released the following update on the inmate suicide:

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Black Lives Matter activists occupied the sidewalk in front of the County City Building in South Bend for 24 hours this weekend. They are continuing to demand the firing of the police chief more than a month after the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan.

Starting at noon on Saturday, activists held workshops about citizens’ rights in police interactions and wrote slogans with sidewalk chalk. As the evening drew on, they also read from the Bible together.