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It's tornado season in Michiana

Apr 11, 2018
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Spring weather in the midwest can mean tornadoes. Indiana did a statewide test of its sirens last month. Michigan is doing one Wednesday.

Tornado season typically runs from April to June in this area. On average since 2004, Michiana has gotten 11 tornadoes a year. Most of those are below an EF-3. That means the winds are less than 136 miles per hour.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kyle Brown said that can make it more difficult for predictions.

Center for Community Justice receives grant

Apr 10, 2018
Jennifer Weingart


Elkhart’s Center for Community Justice has received a $100,000 grant from the county to support its work.

The Center for Community Justice runs a victim offender reconciliation program, a program to help those recently released from jail re-enter society, and educational programs on restorative justice for schools and workplaces.

The Center is supported mainly by grants. Over the last few years, funding has been down.


The Democratic candidates for Indiana’s second congressional district will debate for the second time tonight. They will be at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.

The League of Women Voters and American Democracy project will host this final debate before the primaries. The three active candidates for the Democratic nomination; Mel Hall, Pat Hackett and Yatish Joshi will participate.

The debate was moved to the Lerner Theatre because more people have been coming to the debate events this year than have before.

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Century Center

Apr 9, 2018

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.

St. Joseph County Public Library

Juan Constantino, development coordinator at La Casa de Amistad, talks about his childhood in South Bend and his family's journey from Mexico to the United States.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE


St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”

St. Joseph River cleanup event to be held South Bend

Apr 6, 2018

The Friends of the St. Joseph River are holding a river cleanup event in South Bend this weekend.

The event is meant to help clear debris from the banks of the river. Cleanup will go from the Veterans Memorial Park boat launch to the IUSB footbridge on Northshore Boulevard.

It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trash bags will be provided but volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and wear work gloves.


Notre Dame offers tours of Nuclear Science Laboratory

Apr 6, 2018

Notre Dame is offering tours of its Nuclear Science Laboratory on Friday.

The tour is part of celebrations of the 80th birthday of the lab. It includes presentations on nuclear physics, and views of particle accelerators and reactors.

Tours run from 4:30 to 6. Participants must fill out a waiver and wear long pants and substantial close toed shoes.


Kidde, a manufacturer of smoke detectors, has recalled two popular models. A cap left in during the manufacturing process can keep the alarm from sounding to alert consumers to a fire.

The Elkhart Police Department is encouraging people to check their detectors. A step-by-step of how to do that.

Elkhart Dam sleighted to come down

Apr 5, 2018


A grant from the Army Corp of Engineers will fund a project to remove the Elkhart River dam near Waterfall Drive.


The dam was built in the late 1800’s. It currently works, but a review by the Army Corp of Engineers found that it’s likely to fail in the next few years.

Daragh Deegan is the aquatic biologist for the city of Elkhart. He said the dam isn’t really a dam anymore.

Various events around Michiana will take place tomorrow in observance of the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  assassination.

A series of events in South Bend will commemorate the life of Rev. King, including a candlelight vigil at Leighton Plaza by the King Statue at 7:30.

University of Notre Dame Athletics


The University of Notre Dame Women’s basketball are back in the Hoosier State as the 2018 NCCA champions.


This is the first National Championship for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball since 2001.

It all came down to a single 3-point shot by Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale. Made with a tenth of a second to go, the shot gave the Irish a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State.

Kennedy smiles and shakes hands with enthusiastic crowds in a black and white photo
Courtesy of Michael G. Gotsch Jr.


Monday is Dyngus Day, a Polish celebration of the end of Lent and, in Northern Indiana, a big deal in political circles.

Fifty years ago South Bend experienced one of it’s biggest Dyngus Day events when Senator Robert Kennedy visited while campaigning for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary.

Indiana was a must-win for Bobby Kennedy in 1968. Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not run and Kennedy was too late for early primaries. Indiana was his first chance to prove he could get votes.

The headliner for the 31st annual Elkhart Jazz Festival will be guitarist Lee Reitnour, a Grammy Award winner, and 19 time Grammy nominee, who’s recorded more than 40 albums.

Also on this year’s lineup is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band- a New Orleans style septet that’s currently on tour with Arcade Fire.

David Smith is the Executive Director of the Lerner Theatre and festival co-chair. He’s said while they typically look for local, regional and national acts, this year they’re expanding their reach.

Notre Dame eagle cam eaglets about to hatch

Mar 29, 2018

The eagles on Notre Dame’s live camera at St. Patrick’s county park are getting ready to hatch.

There will be two eaglet in the nest. They are expected to hatch sometime this weekend.

Once they hatch they will be visible on the nest cam until the end of the summer, when they will leave for good.

In the coming weeks Notre Dame will launch a social media campaign to name the two eaglets.


Mayor Neese Delivers Elkhart State of the City Address

Mar 29, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE


Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese delivered his State of the City address yesterday at the Lerner Theater.

Among the topics covered in the address, Mayor Neese gave special recognition to city emergency first responders for their work during last month’s flooding.

South Bend PD hosts non-ballistic weapons training

Mar 21, 2018
South Bend Police Department


The South Bend Police Department is hosting a non-ballistic weapons self-defense class on Thursday and Friday.

Participants to the training will learn how to identify and use everyday items like t-shirts, flashlights and pens as weapons against an attacker.

Chris Brady is with the South Bend Police Department. He says the training is meant to be very practical.

“Hopefully it’s giving them them a basic understanding of how to defend themselves using these improvised weapons should the situation arise.”

South Bend Civic Theatre


The South Bend Civic Theatre has launched a social media campaign to persuade Lin-Manuel Miranda to come see its production of In The Heights.

In The Heights is a Tony Award-winning musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also the man behind smash hit Hamilton.

The musical is set in a predominantly Latinx community in New York City. The South Bend Civic Theatre formed a steering committee to commit to putting on the play in what they call an “authentic way.”

South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018


The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.


South Bend Schools Talk Safety During Panel Discussion

Mar 16, 2018


The South Bend School Corporation hosted a panel of students  and officials from throughout the district Thursday at John Adams High School to talk about school safety.

At the panel, held the day after nationwide student walkouts against gun violence, students from different high schools told school officials how they felt in their respective buildings.


South Bend to File Opioid Lawsuit

Mar 15, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE


The city of South Bend announced it will join dozens of other cities across the country and file a federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors alleging misinformation about the effects of opioids.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during a press conference that the lawsuit sends a simple message; someone needs to be held accountable for the damage opioids have caused to the city and residents of South Bend. He said the city is looking for financial restitution due to increased costs necessary to help deal with the opioid crisis.  

Barb Anguiano / WVPE



Instead of 17 minutes, students at Washington High School stood outside in 29 degree weather for 20 minutes. Senior Lauraine Davidson, who helped organize the walkout, led students with chants of, “No more silence, stop the violence.”

  She said each of the extra three minutes students stood outside honored one of three 17-year-olds killed by guns in the area, since the beginning of 2018. Among those teens was a Washington High Student, Tysiona Crawford.


Bethany Christian students join nationwide walkout

Mar 14, 2018
about 300 students gather in a circle listening to one talk
Jennifer Weingart


Students across the country staged walkouts Wednesday including most of the students at Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen.

The walkout is in remembrance of the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting in Florida a month ago, and to protest for gun law reform and safer schools.

About 80 percent of Bethany’s 350 students gathered in the lobby by the gym at 10 o’clock for song, prayer and strong words from organizer Elizabeth Eby, a senior at the school.

Buttigieg delivers 2018 State of the City address

Mar 14, 2018
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg touted past successes and laid out plans for new initiatives at last night’s state of the city address.

Buttigieg covered a lot of ground in his state of the city address. He talked about success with the new department of Venues, Parks and Arts, bringing American Airlines back and the city’s double-A bond rating...among others.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with Alan Hamlet, an assistant professor of civic and environmental engineering and earth sciences at The University of Notre Dame, about the affects climate change could have on Indiana.

West Side South Bend


South Bend’s West Side has been seeing more new faces lately, due in part to local community advocacy and the city’s efforts to redevelop the area’s streetscape. One local group, West Side South Bend has led efforts to bring attention to the area, one of the most popular events the group hosts is West Side Wednesday.


Every first Wednesday of the month, West Side South Bend hosts a lunchtime  get-together at an area restaurant. This month, Sabor a Mexico.

Notre Dame's golden dome
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE


 A study out of the University of Notre Dame has found that conception rates may be an early indicator of an economic recession. Researchers found declines in conceptions lead the last three recessions by about a year.