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The South Bend Fire Department held a public ceremony to recognize their newly opened fire station. 

Fire Station 9 is located four blocks from the Memorial Park boat launch. Officials say this will help cut the response time for water emergencies by about six minutes. 

The station will also house the only ambulance for the east side of the City. 


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A public forum in South Bend Sunday night focused on how deep-rooted issues related to policing, poverty, and education are hitting minority communities. Much of the discussion revolved around ideas to improve the historic lack of trust between minorities and the police. 


The Elkhart Municipal Airport received more than $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The money will go towards the second phase of construction for a new fence. It will extend underground to stop animals from digging under and it will be taller than the old fence.

 Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the new fence will have safety features that the old fence lacked.

Firefighters from around the world will gather in downtown Elkhart this weekend to compete in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

 Professional firefighters dressed in full gear will compete in an obstacle course that includes climbing a five-story tower, dragging hoses, and rescuing a 175 pound dummy.   Individuals and teams with qualifying times can go on to compete in the world championships. 

South Bend residents can now apply for new solar- powered lampposts as part of the Light Up South Bend Initiative.

 The Lamppost Lighting Program is meant to improve safety by adding more street lighting throughout South Bend. The City selected two areas where residents pay less for a lamppost.

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The storms that went through Elkhart around midnight Wednesday night were not a tornado. The National Weather Service says heavy tree damage and power outages was likely caused by straight line winds. 

An NWS Meteorologist says soil saturated by above-average rainfall this spring may have contributed to the trees that were uprooted by the storms. 

Steve Hart was working to clear branches out of his driveway and yard. But his big problem was an uprooted hundred-year-old walnut tree in his backyard. 


The Elkhart Environmental Center is holding an workshop Thursday evening with information about going solar.

The event is part of the Solarize Elkhart Initiative. Similar projects have happened in Goshen and South Bend. Anyone who’s interested in learning how to convert their home or business to solar energy can attend. 

Notre Dame's Shakespeare Festival Is July 19-26

Jul 9, 2019

WVPE is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2019 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. 

This year's festival features three different event experiences. 

Shakespeare After Hours is Friday, July 19 at LangLab in South Bend at 7 and 9:30pm.

ShakeScenes is at Washinton Hall on the Notre Dame campus  Saturday, July 20 at 2pm. 

Shakespeare in Fremont Park is Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7pm in South Bend's Fremont Park. 

More information is available at: 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg updated the city’s Common Council Monday night on his progress in addressing the police shooting of Eric Logan on June 16. He announced no specific plans, but gave a general preview of things to come.

Buttigieg told the Common Council he was considering a thorough review of the police department before the end of his term. He said he was looking into adding staff to the Board of Public Safety, implementing anti-violence community programs, and investing in technology that would activate body cameras when a weapon is removed from the holster. He acknowledged that many of these ideas would require funding from the city’s budget.

Groundbreaking For New Benham Avenue Apartments In Elkhart

Jul 8, 2019
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The apartments will go up on the north-east corner of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary campus. Eleven one-bedroom units will house people referred by Oaklawn.

How Two Gunshots Sparked Outrage in South Bend

Jul 3, 2019
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It’s been over two weeks since a black South Bend resident was fatally shot by a white police officer, but the pain and outrage ignited in the community have not gone away. Here's a timeline with some context to give insight into how this incident sparked an outcry.

It was just before 3:30 a.m. on Father’s Day when South Bend police officer Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a suspicious person at an apartment building.


WVPE is supported by the 2nd annual Concours D’Elegance at Copshaholm on Saturday, July 13th.  It’s a celebration of automotive design and styling that features unique and rare automobiles including Studebakers, as well as family friendly programming.

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A group of pastors joined South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the lobby of the County-City Building today to pray for the city and to present a plan to the mayor. 

“We are not a dying city but we are a very sick city,” Pastor Williams says. “Residents of the city are sick. And we’re all sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick.”

Williams gave Buttigieg an envelope that he says contains a "plan" for South Bend.

Stricker Makes Record Debut And Wins U.S. Senior Open

Jun 30, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Steve Stricker made his U.S. Senior Open debut one for the record book by closing with a 1-under 69 to set the 72-hole record and win by six shots.

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It's been five days since the mass shooting at a bar on Mishawaka Avenue in South Bend. Today a statement was issued to urge anyone in the public with information to come forward.

Read it here: