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WVPE Morning Edition Host Michael Linville talked at length with Notre Dame Professor and author Robert Schmuhl about his new book entitled The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump.   

If you missed the interview, which touched on everything from term limits to regional primaries to the electoral college, you can listen to it here. 


Photo Of The Week: 'Along The St. Joseph River'

Oct 17, 2019
Anne Brown, South Bend

You never know what you might see when walking along the St. Joseph River in South Bend. Anne Brown captured this image on the morning of October 13th. Anne says she was walking near the South Bend Farmer's Market when her husband, Dean Alvis, spotted a double-crested cormorant sharing a log with two large turtles. She says Dean joked that it brings to mind the famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware!”

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The weather is getting colder here in Michiana but not everyone has a warm place to call home. A group of women are using theater to show people what it’s like being homeless in South Bend.

Residents crowded into a community center in the Near Northwest Neighborhood over the weekend to watch a theater production called “Tracy Talks.” It was a stage reading written by someone who had experienced homlessness in South Bend.

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The University of Notre Dame stopped burning coal at its power plant Monday, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins delivered the last load of coal to the University in efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Notre Dame Unloads Final Batch Of Coal On Campus

Oct 14, 2019
Annacaroline Caruso

Today Notre Dame unloaded it's last load of coal on campus.

Photo provided by the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's Office


Today the St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office released more images of the suspect vehicle being sought in connection with a deadly hit and run Sunday outside the Linebacker in South Bend. Click on the photo gallery available in this posting to see all the images provided. 

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke to a room of more than 200 Notre Dame law school students and faculty about religious liberty on Friday. He expressed opposition to the rise of secular culture while avoiding any talk of the impeachment inquiry surrounding the president.

Attorney General Barr presented his views on the constitutional rights to religious freedom and bemoaned increasing secularism in society and government. He says religious rights are especially in danger when states impose secular laws on religious education. 

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A large crowd of activists gathered near Notre Dame Friday evening to protest while U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at a private event at the university. 

Protestors stood in the rain outside Notre Dame’s gates holding signs which read ‘no one is above the law’ and ‘disbar Barr.’ They blew whistles to voice their unhappiness in the way Barr handled a whistleblower complaint which prompted an impeachment inquiry.

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In spite of Friday afternoon's rain, some protestors still turned out for what they call a "Whistle for Whistleblowers' protest against U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Barr is speaking Friday at the Notre Dame Law School. 

More than 200 people are attending Barr's talk with another two overflow rooms watching on a live feed. Barr's talk is not open to the public. Media are covering it. But media will be ushered out of the room when students ask questions of Barr. 

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The University of Notre Dame has been selected to host the first presidential debate for the 2020 election. 

Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins, made the announcement this morning after being elected to his fourth 5-year term by the school’s board of trustees.

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For the first time in the university's history, Notre Dame will host a presidential debate. It will be in Purcell Pavilion Sept. 29, 2020.

Notre Dame President Elected To Another Term

Oct 11, 2019
Photo provided by the University of Notre Dame

Today Notre Dame announced that Fr. Jenkins has been elected to a fourth 5-year term as the university's president. 

The university's Board of Trustees held the election at its fall meeting on campus. 

Jenkins was elected in 2005 as Notre Dame's 17th president. 

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Six sculptures by University of Notre Dame professor, Rev. Austin Collins, have been installed in roundabouts in South Bend. 

The university says it's a pilot public art program to add color and vibrancy to the city. 

The sculptures are along Michigan Street at Bartlett and Marion streets on the north side and at Chippewa Avenue on the south side.

According to the university, the sculptures were installed by the city with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.