Jennifer Weingart

Reporter/Host

Jennifer Weingart is a reporter and All Things Considered host. She holds a degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University, prior work experience from WCMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and WDET in Detroit. She likes stories that involve passionate people doing awesome things. Her work is heard on WVPE, the Michigan Public Radio Network, Indiana's regional journalism cooperative and a few times on NPR.

Jennifer believes that Public Radio is where the best stories go to get told.

When she's not chasing a story she can be found listening to NPR podcasts while running, baking recipes off Pinterest, doing something marching band related, or reading anything that stands still long enough. She also enjoys cats, dresses with weird prints, camping and TV shows with quality character development. She is a fantastic whistler.

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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.

 

The city of South Bend is more than halfway through a project that will replace most of the city’s streetlights with LED fixtures.

South Bend will replace streetlights in the city with LEDs as the old bulbs burn out. LEDs are about 50 percent more energy efficient than traditional streetlights.

Therese Dorau is the director of South Bend’s office of sustainability. She said the new lights will save the city money in electricity and maintenance costs, and the LEDs provide better light.

 

The Goshen Police Department has received a federal grant to update its crime data reporting software.

 

The $284,751 grant will pay for updates needed because the FBI added new reported statistics and the old system is no longer compatible.

The grant will cover updating the software systems for all police in Elkhart County except Elkhart City Police Department.

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South Bend Civic Theatre is looking for people of Latin American background for the cast and crew of a production of In The Heights in March.

In The Heights is a musical written by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. It follows a few days in the life of the residents of the primarily Latino Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City where Miranda grew up.

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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.

 

Readers of the paper copy of  the South Bend Tribune got a little more Michigan sports than normal today. The front page of the paper’s sports section was actually from the Lansing State Journal.

The Tribune outsourced its printing operations last March. Both papers are printed at a facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The South Bend Tribune says the accident happened when printing plates for the page got mixed up. The Lansing State Journal did not contain any pages from the South Bend Tribune.

 

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There may be people absent from school or work in Michigan Wednesday as firearm deer season begins. For some hunters going out opening day is a ritual.

“Since I’ve been hunting I think I may have missed one. I think I may have been sick. It’s still a ritual. I mean, people treat it as almost a religious holiday.”

That’s Dan Jennings. He teaches hunter safety classes at the Berrien County Sportman’s Club. He’s off work for opening day to take to the woods.

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Wednesday is the start of Michigan’s firearm deer season, a big date on hunter’s calendars. Before hunters can hit the woods, they have to hit the classroom.

Hunter safety courses are required for anyone born after 1960 that wants a Michigan hunting license. The courses cover things like firearm safety, hunting ethics, regulations, tree stand safety and safe gun storage.

 

The Elkhart chapter of the Indiana Black Expo is holding a health fair for men and veterans this weekend.

 

The fair features screenings for blood pressure, glaucoma, blood glucose and others.

Robert Taylor is the President of the Elkhart chapter of the Indiana Black Expo. He says they chose to host the fair to educate more men about preventative care.

“A lot of men don’t go to the doctor. We as men, we kind of find out about our health and health-related issues when it’s too late.”

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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.

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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.

 

Many Michiganders will have the opportunity to go to the polls tomorrow to cast a ballot in local elections.

While there are no big national, or statewide elections this November, many local taxes, councils and projects are on ballots across Michigan.

Lakeshore Public Schools has two issues on the ballot. A renewal of an operating millage for non-homestead properties and a replacement to a bond millage for 1997 that runs out this year.

 

A Saint Joseph, Michigan podiatrist will forfeit his licenses after he pled no contest to charges of diverting opioids and insurance fraud.

Doctor Craig Sherwood will give up his medical license, his license to write prescriptions and will close his medical practice at the end of the year.

Sherwood pled no contest to five counts of diverting opioid and five counts of insurance fraud for writing prescriptions for family members that were not his patients, and charging them to insurance.

 

There will be more Lime Bikes around South Bend in the next few months as the company increases its presence in the city.

 

There are currently 972 green bikes around South Bend. Lime Bike has plans to increase that to 2,000 or 3,000 by February.

The company has been operating in the city since July. The dockless bike shares are monitored and redistributed around the city and college campuses every day.

The Kids Kingdom playground at Potawatomi Park in South Bend was damaged by a fire that was set in the structure Tuesday night.

The fire is believed to have been set by vandals at about 6:30. Neighbors called 911 and the fire was contained quickly. Part of the structure was compromised by the fire.

The playground will be closed for about two weeks while repairs are made.

There will be a work day on Monday evening from 4 to 6 to repair the damage. Volunteers from the community are welcome.

 

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