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Elkhart leaders broke ground Wednesday on the Benham Avenue construction project. The goal of this project is to make the area easier to use and safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and the Common Council discussed possible solutions for the City’s homeless population during a meeting Tuesday night. This comes after a heated confrontation between police and protestors at a homeless camp Tuesday afternoon

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The homeless who are staying in tents near downtown South Bend were given until 10 a.m. Tuesday to disperse. But they didn’t start leaving until late this afternoon resulting in protests and police being called to the scene. 

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Gyms across Indiana started reopening Friday as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb's five-stage “Back On Track” plan. However, for one fitness center, the pandemic was too much and the doors will remain shut permanently.

The YMCA of Greater Michiana announced it will not reopen its South Bend-Mishawaka branch after operating for more than 50 years in its current location.

Marketing director Kayla Foster says COVID-19 was the tipping point for closing the fitness facility.

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Two priests at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elkhart tested positive for COVID-19 according to the church’s website.

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The City of South Bend is in the beginning stages of coming up with short-term and long-term solutions for the City’s homeless population. This comes in the wake of a homeless tent city that recently popped up near downtown South Bend.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Notre Dame violated the federal animal welfare policy last year, according to documents the school filed with a federal agency saying that mice were found in a campus laboratory with missing limbs and another rodent was intentionally hit against a table. The South Bend Tribune reports that those documents, including letters and reports from university research administrators to the federal Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, were obtained and released to media outlets by the animal advocacy group Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

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Notre Dame has announced that in-person mass will resume at the Basilica on campus as of Sunday.   

(You can read the university's announcement below.)

Another Big Concert Rescheduled At ND

May 14, 2020
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Notre Dame announced that the George Strait concert on campus originally planned for August is now postponed until August of 2021. 

Sunday ND Holds First Ever Virtual Commencement

May 14, 2020
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Sunday the University of Notre Dame will take its commencement ceremony online for the first time ever.

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The St. Joseph Co. Metro Homicide Unit is searching for a suspect or suspects following an assault and killing in South Bend Wednesday night. 

(Read the updated full CMHU release below.) 

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) has positively identified the deceased victim from yesterday evening’s shooting investigation on E.McKinley Avenue and his family has been notified. He has been identified as Kelvin Stanford, Jr. (B/M), 17 years old.

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The Town of Roseland is concerned with how the Motel 6 isolation facility is being managed. Roseland officials are calling on South Bend to make changes.

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The coronavirus pandemic has sparked financial hardship for many in Michiana, including cities. South Bend, Niles, and Elkhart are preparing for a large hit to their budgets.

Screenshot from YouTube video released by Elkhart Police of burglary

Elkhart Police released a video created from surveillance images of an April 28th early morning burglary at North End Cycle. In the video you can see mutliple individuals running in the store to load up bikes from the business into a U-Haul truck they parked outside the business.

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The St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend is on lockdown after a new inmate tested positive for COVID-19. This is the jail’s first confirmed COVID-19 case.

Billy Joel Concert At Notre Dame Rescheduled To 2021

May 7, 2020
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Notre Dame has announced that the Billy Joel concert originally scheduled for next month at Notre Dame Stadium has been rescheduled. The new date is June 26, 2021. Ticket refunds will be available.

The City of Elkhart held its second virtual town hall Wednesday night to give an update on the City’s COVID-19 response.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 62 additional confirmed deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,213. The state announced more than 21,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 115,000 Hoosiers tested.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s expanded coronavirus testing program is set to start Wednesday at 20 sites around the state, although those tests still won’t be available to everybody. South Bend, LaPorte and Elkhart are among the 20 sites opening. The sites will be at Indiana National Guard Armory locations.

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St. Joseph County health officials report that a death has occurred at the Motel 6 in Roseland that is being used to isolate homeless individuals with COVID-19.

(Read the full press release from the St. Joseph Co. Health Dept. posted below.)

St. Joseph County- The City of South Bend and St. Joseph County Department of Health are confirming that a guest at the Isolation Quarantine Center (IQC), located at the Motel 6 on N. Dixie Way, was found deceased today.

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College sports are likely to look completely different when and if schools and seasons resume in the fall.

With each state making different decisions about reopening, teams are concerned about keeping collegiate athletics fair if teams have to start their seasons at different times.

 

Jack Swarbrick is the Athletic Director at the University of Notre Dame. 

South Bend Mayor James Mueller extended the City's travel advisory that limits non-essential travel.

Elkhart provided it’s first virtual conference to give an update to it’s COVID-19 response Wednesday night. 

Elkhart officials spent a lot of time focusing on testing.

BREAKING NEWS: Deadly Shooting In South Bend

Apr 24, 2020

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred overnight.

Niele Ivey To Muffet McGraw: "I'm Here Because Of You"

Apr 22, 2020
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NEW (Posted Apr. 23 at 1:05pm): 

The University of Notre Dame officially introduced Niele Ivey as the new head women’s basketball coach today.

 

Ivey played for Notre Dame. She was a part of the team that earned the Irish their first NCAA tournament win in 2001. Following the win, she spent five seasons playing for the WNBA on the Indiana Fever.  

Ivey returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach under Muffet McGraw in 2007. She left ND to spend the last season as an assistant coach for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 387. The state announced more than 8,500 total confirmed cases, with more than 46,000 Hoosiers tested.

In response to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, State Health Commissioner Kris Box authorized nursing homes and retirement communities to transfer, discharge or relocate residents. In a statement, she said this will allow facilities to establish COVID-dedicated units to protect people who have not tested positive for the virus, and care for those who have. 

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  The City of South Bend will use the Motel 6 on Indiana 933 in Roseland as an isolation facility for homeless people who have the coronavirus. 

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