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Goshen Introduces Resident ID Plan

Nov 13, 2017

 

Goshen’s Center for Healing & Hope, or CHH, encourages city residents to apply for resident identification cards. The organization will begin application meetings  for the cards December first.

The aim of the Goshen Resident ID cards, or GRID cards, is to help all residents of the city have a proper form of identification.
 

Alicia Thomas and SaeJin Lee / Bethany Christian Schools

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher about her experience in a concentration camp, and a play about her experience being performed next week by the students at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen.

 

The new non-profit, Accelerator for America, launched in South Bend today. The group, chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, was developed with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.


Accelerator for America aims to provide strategic or financial support to help strengthen people’s economic security nationwide. That includes organizations that promote jobs and skills training in communities.
 

Elkhart opens new ADA compliant playground

Nov 8, 2017
Jacob Manly prepares to cut the ribbon
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

The city of Elkhart cut the ribbon in its first Americans with Disabilities Act compliant playground.

The new playground at McNaughton park features artificial turf and wider walkways that make it easier for maneuvering wheelchairs. And a special enclosed pod for children on the autism spectrum who might become over stimulated in a group.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the road to the project has been a long one.

The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

Employees of the University of Notre Dame will still have access to no cost birth control after the end of the year through a third party provider.

Notre Dame announced last week it would no longer provide coverage to employees. Their health care provider, Meritain Health, announced it will continue to offer the coverage at no cost to plan members.

Notre Dame's golden dome
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

  

The University of Notre Dame will stop providing birth control coverage to students and employees at the end of the plan year. This has made it one of the targets of a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Contraceptive coverage is required under the Affordable Care Act.

 

Courtesy of Family and Children's Center, South Bend

 

 

The Family and Children’s Center  in South Bend is promoting the use of baby boxes in St. Joseph County in an effort to help reduce infant mortality rates. Baby boxes are cardboard boxes that come with a sleeping pad and provide a safe sleep option for newborns up to six months.
 

Mayor, Residents Discuss Future of Tolson Center

Oct 10, 2017

Mayor Tim Neese said he expected questions  about the Tolson Center at the Town Hall held on Monday at City Hall.
 

The City Council has been under scrutiny by some Elkhart residents, after allegations of secret meetings among republican council members in regards to budget cuts, that led to a proposal to lease the Tolson Center to Lifeline, a religious, community organization.
 

If the lease proposal goes through, Tolson would no longer be run by the city Parks department.

NASA: The road to Mars passes through Indiana

Sep 20, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

NASA and other major aerospace representatives celebrated South Bend’s role in supplying specialized parts for spacecraft with a presentation and panel discussion at Manufacturing Technologies Inc., or MTI. The city is one of 12 in Indiana that manufactures parts for the space program.  
 

Former astronaut Brian Duffy said he’s depended on parts made in South Bend a few times.

 

South Bend presents new parental leave plan

Sep 15, 2017

 

South Bend Common Council members will consider the city’s first plan for paid parental leave.

The city of South Bend may institute new fully-paid parental leave, in addition to its already existing medical leave, to full-time city employees. The 6 weeks paid leave would be available to any qualified employee - male or female - designated as a primary caregiver.  If both are city employees, both may still take off at the same time.
 

Three killed in Elkhart hit and run

Aug 28, 2017

 

Elkhart Police are still investigating a crash that left three people dead on Saturday.

The crash happened shortly after 9 on Beardsley Avenue near Cassopolis Street. A vehicle struck five pedestrians on the sidewalk, then veered back on the road, and hit two other vehicles.

One of the pedestrians died at the scene, while two others died at the hospital. One was treated and released and one is still in the hospital. No one in the other vehicles was injured.

Notre Dame trail finishes with parade through South Bend

Aug 26, 2017
Pilgrims cross the street
Jennifer Weingart

 

The Notre Dame trail, the long walk from Vincennes to South Bend to commemorate the University’s 175th anniversary finished Saturday.

 

Most of the 32 pilgrims that make up the core group are Notre Dame Alumni who returned to Indiana from across the country to participate in the historic walk.

The 300 miles recreate the walk Father Edward Sorin and his followers took in 1842 to found the University.

Donnelly makes stop in South Bend

Aug 23, 2017

Senator Joe Donnelly stopped at the Charles Martin Youth Center in South Bend as part of his “Hoosier Highways” RV tour. The 6-day tour is part of Donnelly’s campaign launch, in which he travels the state and listens to voter concerns, as well as shares what he considers accomplishments of his first term in the Senate.

Donnelly said he  is happy to be back in his home region.

He said that the one thing he has learned in his time in  Washington, is that he can work with anybody.

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell promoted a new program to South Bend residents that allows someone with a disability, or a parent of a child with a disability, to create a savings account with special tax advantages. Mitchell, along with staff were available to answer questions regarding the program at the Logan Center following the presentation.
 

Elkhart residents gather for solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

The solar eclipse peaked at about 2:20 this afternoon in the Michiana area.  About 150 people gathered in downtown Elkhart to witness the event. The Elkhart Public Library hosted a viewing party, where the public was welcome to join and watch live coverage of the eclipse on a jumbotron.

It’s been 38 years since the last eclipse. Kids and adults gathered at Central Park to witness what many called a “once in a lifetime event.”

solar panels
Jennifer Weingart

 

The University of Notre Dame unveiled a new array of solar panels Wednesday that will drop carbon emissions at the school by 148 tons a year, or the equivalent of planting 31 acres of trees.

Paul Kempf, the senior director of utilities and maintenance at Notre Dame said, “We’re looking at a photovoltaic solar system that has a capacity of about 145 kilowatts and the intention is that it’s providing a significant portion of the electrical use of this building.”

The building houses the University’s archives.

Notre Dame uses geothermal to meet emissions reduction goals

Jul 18, 2017
Notre Dame main building
Matthew Rice via Wikimedia Commons

 

The University of Notre Dame continues to work on lowering carbon emission on campus with, among other things, geothermal energy.

Notre Dame’s first geothermal field came online last fall. The field is a series of holes and other equipment that use the constant temperature of the Earth to heat and cool buildings.

This first one, called the East Quad field, lowers the university’s carbon emissions by about 1,300 tons per year.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with David Smith - co-chair of the 30th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival.

Commencement at Notre Dame

May 26, 2017
Sid Shroyer

The last time I attended a Notre Dame commencement was also as a reporter, in 1981, inside the A-C-C, and President Ronald Reagan was the honored guest. It was his first trip out of Washington after he was shot and the mood was warm. He delivered a broad, philosophically conservative message, but the speech was a talk, humane, and his presence belied his reputation as an ideologue.

An overflow crowd  of 250  people worshipped together at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James at the “Interfaith Service of Prayer for Compassion and Justice for Migrants, Immigrants, & Refugees.”

Lauren Nassau of South Bend, a member of the Temple Beth El synagogue explained why she came.

On Thursday, January 5, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy to chair the Democratic National Committee.

WVPE's Jon Huber spoke with Jason Critchlow, Chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, about the announcement. The first question was, "What does this mean for South Bend?"

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Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with WVPE's Tom Labuzienski and Grant Carlile, president of the Michiana Runners Association, about the WVPE Live Well Expo and Fun Run.

One current and eleven former student-athletes with connections to Notre Dame competed or coached at the Olympic games that concluded last night in Rio. As WVPE’s Jon Huber reports, five won medals.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with the new superintendent of the South Bend Community schools.

President Barack Obama delivered his remarks about the economy at Concord High School in Elkhart Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Video of the President's appearance begins approximately 25 minutes in.

As Elkhart prepares for one more appearance by President Barack Obama, his first visit to the city as an Illinois senator running for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton reveals what has and hasn't changed.

Two days before the Indiana Primary Election, Obama visited Bank Street, talking with residents and shooting some hoops with kids outside Riverview Elementary School before he spoke with me by phone.

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