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Two organizations in St. Joseph County will hold debates for the second congressional district Democratic primary and other contested races in the county this year.

Two debates and two meet the candidates forums are scheduled to be hosted by the American Democracy Project and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area in the coming months.

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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

2018 State of the Union

Jan 30, 2018
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 9 PM

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.

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Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at 9 PM

A year after President Trump's inauguration, Diane Rehm returns to the airwaves to talk with a panel of top political analysts about how the country has changed since his election, and what's ahead for the White House, Congress and voters in 2018.

Guests include:

Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent, New York Times

Juana Summers, senior writer, CNN Politics

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Leaders of the Greater Elkhart and Goshen chambers of commerce are among the signatories of a letter released yesterday  that opposes  building an immigration detention center south of Elkhart.

 

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Community leaders and immigrant advocates gathered yesterday to voice concerns regarding CoreCivic’s proposal to build a hundred million dollar immigration detention center for Immigration Customs Enforcement in Elkhart County.

Community organizer Richard Aguirre says the event was intended to send not only a strong message of opposition to CoreCivic’s proposal and but also a message of unity amongst diverse segments of the community.

 

The Indiana Youth Institute is holding a lunch event in South Bend on Thursday to discuss youth human trafficking in Indiana.

The Youth Worker Café events are meant for people who work with youth like police officers and after-school program coordinators.

Participants will learn the signs of human trafficking, how to identify victims and more about the scope of the issue.  

Melanie Walker is the Northwest outreach manager for the Indiana Youth Institute:

 

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.

 

2018 Indiana State of the State Address

Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 7 PM

88.1 WVPE and Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations present Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's second address to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.

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  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.”

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In the new year minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under the law.

The consequences defined by Michigan’s minor is possession or MIP law are changing starting January first.

The first MIP offense will be a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor. A minor will have to pay a fine and could be sentenced to community service or to substance abuse classes. The civil infraction will appear on a person’s driving record.

Truth, Politics and Power

Nov 20, 2017

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 9 PM

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 9 PM

A talk about why trade was one of the biggest issues that got Donald Trump elected. What Americans stand to gain - and lose - by pulling out of trade deals. And what really happened to American manufacturing jobs. We’ll also see how the rest of the world is preparing for a massive shift in US policy, from a microbrewery in Tijuana to a medical manufacturer in Berlin.

 

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.
 

 

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.

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