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The city of South Bend launched a new version of it’s website Monday. The design is meant to make the most used features easy to find.

The site was designed with a lot of input from different sources. Resident surveys, the South Bend Code School and the University of Notre Dame all played a role.

The city’s chief innovation officer Santiago Garces said for the next year or so they will be taking resident opinions and issues into account to improve the site.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 1

Jul 16, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Assistant Director of the Studebaker Museum, Jo McCoy, has a conversation with both the museum’s archivist, Andrew Beckman and the museum’s curator, Aaron Warkentin about the innovation at the museum as well as some of their favorite Studebakers.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

St. Joseph County, Indiana Habitat for Humanity is counting down for the start of the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project during the last week of August. The non-profit hosted a “Kid’s Day” Tuesday for those moving into new homes to mingle with future neighbors.

Jim Williams is the President and CEO of St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity. He stands under a pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, as he tries to avoid a collision with kids present for the ‘Kid’s Day’. He says events like this help build a sense of community for those in the program.

Araceli Gomez-Aldana / WBOI

 

Elkhart and St. Joseph County Planned Parenthood facilities may see an increase in patients from Northeast Indiana after the Fort Wayne office closed its doors yesterday, amid allegations of harassment from pro-life groups in the area.

 

A notice on the main entrance of the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood office, set to be vacant on July 31st, directs visitors to Elkhart and Mishawaka facilities.

 

Grant Beachy

In this episode of Michiana Stories, we rejoin the conversation with Director Hannah Fischer and rising director Chloe Ilene (EILEEN), this time regarding the inspiration behind one of their favorite performances, Mercy/Shelter.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

NASA

 

A group of Notre Dame astronomers will be up on the roof of the Jordan Science Building Friday for a stargazing event.

 

There will be multiple telescopes as well as astronomers and physicists at Jordan Hall to teach participants about the stars, planets and other matter that make up our solar system.

Jonathan Crass is with the physics department at Notre Dame. He said the goal of the event is to get people to look up.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

It’s a stuffy summer’s day at the Elkhart Municipal Airport. The only shade available is under the wing of a massive Boeing B-17 that’s just landed on the tarmac. John Shuttleworth is a volunteer pilot with the Liberty Foundation in Oklahoma, which flies the plane around the country, giving access to hundreds of aircraft aficionados, or anyone interested in any way with the Second World War. The multi-engine B-17 is part of the  Foundation’s 2018 Salute to Veterans Tour.  

Grant Beachy

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Hannah Fischer, founding director of Fischer Dance, speaks with Chloé Ilene, rising director of New Industry Dance, about the rebranding of the company. The conversation was recorded on location at Fischer Dance.

Below is information from a Fischer Dance press release from June 26, 2018.

Fischer Dance bids farewell to founding director Hannah Fischer, announces a new name, and ushers in a new era of contemporary dance in South Bend, Ind.

Jennifer Weingart

 

  The University of Notre Dame has been sued over its plans to drop copay free birth control options starting July first. The student group is also suing the Trump Administration.

 

Notre Dame’s birth control coverage has changed several times since the Affordable Care Act mandated it.

Jennifer Weingart

 

A group of organizations filed suit against the Trump Administration and the University of Notre Dame over changes to birth control coverage for students and employees.

A group of students and staff called Irish 4 Reproductive Health are suing because the University will stop offering co-pay free birth control starting July first.

Michiana Stories: South Bend LGBTQ Center

Jun 25, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

LGBTQ Center employees Tricia McCann and Jamie Morgan talk about the different local events and local resources available in South Bend for the LGBTQ community.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE. It is aired on Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center in South Bend hosted its first Juneteenth celebration. Junteenth is a holiday focusing on the Emancipation Proclamation, and the freeing of African American slaves during the Civil War.

 

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863, though slaves in Texas didn’t learn of the president’s action until two years later.
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.
 

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.
 

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.   
 

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

South Bend’s Pride Week 2018 wrapped up over the weekend with a downtown Block Party.
 

Vendors and non-profit organizations from across northern Indiana lined a block of Michigan street for the final event of South Bend’s 2018 Pride Week.
 

Jason Wilkinson is the executive director at the LGBTQ Center in South Bend. He says he’s proudest of all the young people that showed up during the week’s events.
 

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

Elkhart residents asked Park Board members yesterday to resign during the board’s monthly meeting. The board came under scrutiny by Tolson Community and Youth Center advocates after the City Council’s decision to defund the Center last week.


Residents who spoke against the Park Board accused them of collusion with the Elkhart City Council regarding Tolson funding. Tolson is managed by the Parks Department, and residents at the meeting said they felt the board didn’t advocate enough for the Center.
 

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