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Application for abortion clinic in South Bend denied

Jan 10, 2018

 

The Indiana State Department of Health has denied an application for a license to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

 

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, a non-profit entity, applied in August to open an abortion clinic offering medication abortions, also known as the abortion pill. It was announced to the public in October.

 

University of Notre Dame golden dome
Jennifer Weingart

 

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Sunburst Races drops marathon

Jan 8, 2018
Sunburst Races

 

Michiana’s longrunning Sunburst races has dropped the marathon for the event this year.

 

Organizers say they plan to focus on the shorter races.

The marathon went from 800 finishers a few years ago to under 250 in 2017. That prompted organizers to cut it.

The race on June second will still have a half-marathon, 10-K and 5-K.

Travis Bladecki is the race director for Sunburst. He says with everything that goes into planning a marathon, it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Shootings up, use of force down in South Bend for 2017

Jan 8, 2018
South Bend Police Department

  

  Data from the South Bend Police Department show more shootings in 2017 but fewer use of force incidents, and other positives in the numbers.

There were 102 shootings in South Bend in 2017. That’s up from 81 in 2016.

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said they’re not happy with the numbers.

“Obviously we had an uptick from shootings in 2016 to 2017. None of us at this table, none of us not at this table, are happy with it at all. One is too many, period.”

Food Rescue 'Cultivate' expands with additional donors

Jan 3, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

After a successful football season rescuing food from Notre Dame, non-profit Cultivate is rescuing food from basketball and hockey games as well.

Cultivate rescued more than 7 thousand pounds of unused food after Notre Dame football games this fall. Now they’re rescuing food after hockey and basketball games.

Cultivate partners with food banks and shelters around South Bend. The food is either donated directly or repackaged as meals and given to those in need.

Fate of Elkhart Crossing Guards Still Unknown

Dec 21, 2017
Letter sent to Troy Thomas
Courtesy of Troy Thomas

As students leave for holiday break, the fate of Elkhart crossing guards is still unknown. The city of Elkhart cut funding for school crossing guards when they adopted their new budget in October. The cost to fund crossing guards for a year is about $222,000.

The kerfuffle over who should pay for crossing guards is not new to Elkhart. Most people say it’s a often a disagreement between schools and city officials but usually settled quickly.

LimeBike end of year data show business is good

Dec 21, 2017
LimeBike outside the Morris.
Jennifer Weingart

 

The bike-share company LimeBike has released end-of-year data that show the company’s first six months in South Bend have been successful.

LimeBike is a dockless bike share that started operating in South Bend over the summer. In that time 27 thousand riders have covered 85 thousand miles on the green bikes.  

Notre Dame to Pay Taxes on Endowment Under New Bill

Dec 20, 2017
Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

Notre Dame is one of 27 universities in the country - and the only one in Indiana - that will have to pay a new tax on endowment income, due to changes included in the federal tax reform bill approved by Congress Wednesday. 

Notre Dame Vice President of Communications Paul Browne says it’s unusual to have a specific group identified for a specific tax.

South Bend Schools Approve Focus 2018 Plan

Dec 19, 2017

The South Bend School Corporation passed the Focus 2018: Design for the Future school plan yesterday with a unanimous vote. South Bend residents filled the meeting room for another opportunity to  voice concerns before school board members voted on the much scrutinized plan. Many parents expressed concern about how quickly the plan would make drastic changes across the school district.
 

Non-profit Hosts Protest Seminar in Elkhart County

Dec 11, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

The recent announcement of a proposal by CoreCivic, a private, Tennessee-based company, to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elkhart County has some residents in search of ways to make their opposition known. The immigrant advocacy group, Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition, hosted a seminar Saturday in Elkhart to discuss protest techniques with residents.  

 

 

Community centers, libraries and schools across the country are reading one book Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness and education around transgender children.

 

The book is ‘I Am Jazz” written by reality TV star and transgender child activist Jazz Jennings.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The South Bend nonprofit La Casa de Amistad hosted a meeting Thursday, to discuss the details of the recent consideration of Elkhart County as the site for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention facility by the private company CoreCivic.

Residents of St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties gathered to write letters to urge local government leaders to vote down CoreCivic’s proposal to build the facility when the proposal is presented.
 

Elkhart PD grows beards and collects food

Dec 1, 2017
EPD officers with facial hair
Courtesy photo: EPD

 

Officers at the Elkhart Police Department are back to well shaven after a month of growing beards and collecting food for the Salvation Army.

For the month of November Elkhart police officers could forgo shaving and bring in a non-perishable food item each day to wear a beard.

Officers are allowed to have a mustache under their dress code, but no other facial hair.

Department spokesperson Chris Snyder says it was fun seeing all the different types of facial hair.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The South Bend Community School Corporation held a listening forum yesterday where residents had an opportunity to give feedback to school leaders about the proposed Focus 2018 school plan.

 

Local post offices open on Sundays in December

Nov 28, 2017
Stock Photo

Some local post offices will be open on Sundays leading up to Christmas. A release from USPS says the extended are meant to give customers more of a chance to get holiday mailing done.

Offices open for Sunday hours include:

Northwest area: Valparaiso, Gary and Merrillville.

Fort Wayne area: Fort Wayne Northwood and Centennial.

South Bend area: South Bend Main Office, Edison Park, Elkhart, Chippewa, Mishawaka, Marion and Kokomo.

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Volunteers and workers at Hope Ministries in South Bend will provide nearly a thousand thanksgiving dinners for the holiday today.

Hope Ministries has been giving out thanksgiving dinners for 25 years. This year, they will serve just over 300 people at their facility and deliver more than 500 meals to people in need.

CoreCivic Eyes Elkhart County for Detention Center

Nov 17, 2017

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder confirmed Thursday that CoreCivic of  Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property to for a new Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Indiana. County Commissioners will have final approval over the facility if a final proposal is presented.

Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.

Billy "Stix" Nicks and the Motown Machine

We were saddened to hear the news that drummer Billy “Stix” Nicks died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the age of 82 after an illness. He died just one day after being inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame.

Bill Nicks founded the popular jazz bands The Rhythm Rockers and the Billy Nicks Jazz Trio. He’s also known for having played and recorded with the prestigious Motown label with Junior Walker and the All Stars.

Billy performed at many WVPE events over the years, including one of the Meet Me on the Island events earlier this year with his band The Motown Machine.

Notre Dame adds new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs

Nov 15, 2017
The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart

 

The University of Notre Dame has established a new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to help serve students in that population.

 

The process to get the new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs started in January. The University is using the department to bring together services that were previously housed separately.

Many other universities have similar departments to work with military and veteran students.

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.

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