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Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with the active Democratic candidates for the second district seat in the US House.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.




St. Joseph County Indiana is short 300 poll workers for the upcoming primary elections.

St. Joseph County is looking for both Republicans and Democrats to work the polls for the primary election. Workers have to be evenly split between the parties to maintain fairness.

Workers will be trained for their  job and paid for the day.

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The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans will host a pro-second amendment rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.


The event is expected to run about two hours, and coincides with similar events across the in state capitals across the country.

Tomorrow’s rally will take place at the Indianapolis Statehouse, where attendees will gather to hear speeches from state representatives, such as Republicans Jim Lucas, and Jim Baird, as well as second amendment advocates.


On Saturday scientists and science enthusiasts are gathering in South Bend for the 2018 March for Science.

Last year the March for Science in South Bend drew a crowd of more than a thousand. Far higher than the couple hundred organizers expected.

Robert Stanley is the chair of March for Science South Bend. He said they are expecting fewer people this year because the momentum is down with other protests and issues drawing people’s focus.

Stanley said science relates to a lot of those other issues.

More Indiana voters are turning out for candidate debates this primary season.

After more than 450 people showed up for the  debate between the Democratic candidates for the second congressional district in South Bend, organizers moved the final debate from the IUSB Elkhart Center to the Lerner Theatre. More than 350 came to the debate in Elkhart.

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.

Four people stand in front of an old black stove. The mayor is wearing a paper toque
Jennifer Weingrt


Politicians and voters are celebrating Dyngus Day. The Polish celebration of the end of lent is also a big political holiday, particularly in South Bend.

Dyngus Day in South Bend started in 1930 at the West Side Democratic Club.

Back then the neighborhood was largely Polish, now it’s mostly populated by people of color.

Dyngus Day events are on today across Michiana. The Polish feast day is a traditional end-of-lent holiday. In South Bend the day is also a big Democratic political event.


Events at the West Side Democratic Club, the longest-running Dyngus Day, start at 9 with politicians and candidates giving speeches around noon. Polish sausage, cabbage, eggs and noodles are on the menu.

 Other Democratic Dyngus Day events

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 Democratic candidates for Indiana’s second congressional district primary will debate tonight at IU South Bend.


The debate is sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters. It’s a policy debate among Attorney Pat Hackett, businessman and owner of GTA containers Yatish Joshi, and businessman and former CEO of Press-Ganey Mel Hall.

They are the three active candidates for the Democratic side in the second district.


As students across the nation prepare to hold rallies Saturday calling for gun control legislation and safer schools, one man in Valparaiso is holding a rally the same day, calling for the protection of the second amendment.

Pro-gun advocate Jack Pupillo said he feels he doesn’t have a voice when it comes to the gun debate. So he’s organized a counter-rally.

“I think there needs to be a voice, and I think it starts small,” he said, “I really think it starts from the ground up.”


A group of students and chaperones from Bethany Christian schools is headed to Washington DC this weekend to join the March for our Lives protest.

More than 40 people from Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen are busing to DC on Saturday to join protesters from around the country in what they’re calling the ‘March For Our Lives.’

The events grew out of the February shooting at a Florida High School. They’re largely organized by students to protest gun violence and call for stricter gun laws and safer schools.

Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force


  Counselors at Bridgman Public Schools are hosting a forum on detecting and preventing human trafficking on Thursday evening.

Cathy Knauf from the Southwest Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force will talk about the history and impact of human trafficking and how social media can be used to monitor and help keep kids safe.

Kari Haskins is the counselor at Bridgman High School. She said while Southwest Michigan isn’t generally considered a hotbed for human trafficking, the issues can still hit close to home.