Jennifer Weingart

Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

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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Notre Dames 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.

 

A conference taking place in South Bend in April is hoping to give participants a unique way to bring about social change.

Interaction Initiative Inc. is putting on the conference. It’s meant for people who want to find ways to use theatre and art to highlight issues dealing with social justice.

Taeyin ChoGlueck is one of the co-founders of Interaction Initiative. She said they want people to leave to conference with real ideas for change.

A yellow car sits on dry ground with water covering the street behind it
Jennifer Weingart

 

It was sunny and warm in South Bend on Monday. And the river has receded quite a bit, but some roads and parks are still closed.

 

The St. Joseph River at South Bend is down to just over nine and a half feet. That’s still within major flood stage, but down three feet from where it peaked last week.

Sheryl Brown was out for a lunchtime walk around Bartlett Street in South Bend with three of her colleagues from Memorial Hospital.

The river swells to cover houses and a pavillion in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

As flood waters continue receding some people are able to get back into their homes to clean-up, but other houses are still underwater.

On top of that, power is still shut off for safety and some areas have to deal with looting.

Generators hum all through formerly flooded neighborhoods in Elkhart as residents pump out water and work on drying their basements.

There’s no electricity here. The power was shut off to prevent electrical fires.

 

Berrien County, Michigan like other places around Michiana has been hit by flooding and high water as rainfall and snowmelt mix.

Just downriver from where Old U.S. 31 crosses the St. Joseph River in Berrien Springs, Shamrock Park is underwater. A little further downriver, so is River Springs Trailer Park. Both have been evacuated.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said it’s likely to be a while before residents can get back into their homes.

Water nearly reaches the arches under Jefferson Boulevard
Jennifer Weingart

 

The St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers have both peaked and are starting to recede. Still some residents living in the flood zone continue to battle water while others start to think about clean-up.

The St. Joseph River peaked last night at 12.7 feet, nearly two feet above the historic flood mark of 10.9 last set in 1993.

Water covers a road near mobile homes sitting in water
Jennifer Weingart

 

Rivers and streams around Michiana continue to overflow their banks following rapid snow melt and heavy rain. Some residents have been evacuated and others are filling and placing sandbags to try to save property.

 

A state of emergency over the flooding was declared in Goshen late Tuesday.

 

Roads are closed in Elkhart, St. Joseph and Berrien Counties. Some schools are closed for a flood day.

Lime Bike in water in howard park
Jennifer Weingart

 

  Some schools and roads around the area are closed as rivers continue to rise. About five or six inches of rain in the last 48 hours has put area waterways above flood stage and flooded roads, homes and businesses. Rain is not predicted for Wednesday but could fall again along with snow on Thursday and Friday.

Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE

 

The city of Elkhart is offering residents sandbags to combat the rising water from snowmelt and Tuesday’s rain.

Sandbags are available at the Elkhart Street Department or by delivery by calling Elkhart’s Emergency Management Department at 970-7996.

Area animal shelters are dealing with a large number of cats this winter. They’re trying to adopt the animals out before the spring ‘kitten season’ arrives.

Cat reproduction cycles mean in early spring shelters get a influx of pregnant cats and kittens. This year, most shelters in the area are already at or near capacity with cats. So a lot of shelters are running specials to try to adopt out them before new ones come in.

Janet Graham is the executive director and volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society of Elkhart County.

 

Premier Arts in Elkhart is a finalist in a competition for the rights to put on the first amateur production of Disney’s musical Newsies.

Premier Arts is the house community theatre company for the Lerner Theatre. Newsies is a Disney musical about the New York City news boy strike of 1899. It started as a film, then opened on Broadway in 2012.

Rights to bring musicals like this to the Lerner usually cost about $10,000.

 

Researchers at The University of Notre Dame are using wearable technology to study the habits of successful workers.

There have been ways to track success by output since people started working. The aim of the study at Notre Dame is to find out what habits can be tracked that impact that success.

The 21-month study includes 750 participants who will have a wrist-based activity tracker, a mobile app and a bluetooth beacon to record their work and collaboration habits as well as other information.

Elkhart Community Schools has formed a committee to come up with a new mascot and colors for the combined high school.

Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central High School are being merged as part of the school district’s four year strategic plan.

The committee is made up of current and former students and staff as well as parents and community members.

There will be three open meetings this month to discuss the changes.

 

Jennifer Weingart

 

The NCAA has denied an appeal by The University of Notre Dame after the school’s football wins in 2012 and 2013 were vacated over academic integrity issues.

 

The 2012 season included the NCAA Championship, though Notre Dame lost in the final.

Notre Dame found an undergraduate working as an athletic training assistant wrote or substantially edited assignments for several football players.

 

The Indiana Department of Education wants more rural sites for this years summer food for kids program.

The Summer Food Service Program feeds children healthy meals when school is out for the summer. Most students that use the program qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year.

It’s a nationwide program funded through the USDA and administered by states. Indiana’s program boasted about 1400 hundred sites last year.

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