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NASA: The road to Mars passes through Indiana

Sep 20, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

NASA and other major aerospace representatives celebrated South Bend’s role in supplying specialized parts for spacecraft with a presentation and panel discussion at Manufacturing Technologies Inc., or MTI. The city is one of 12 in Indiana that manufactures parts for the space program.  
 

Former astronaut Brian Duffy said he’s depended on parts made in South Bend a few times.

 

South Bend presents new parental leave plan

Sep 15, 2017

 

South Bend Common Council members will consider the city’s first plan for paid parental leave.

The city of South Bend may institute new fully-paid parental leave, in addition to its already existing medical leave, to full-time city employees. The 6 weeks paid leave would be available to any qualified employee - male or female - designated as a primary caregiver.  If both are city employees, both may still take off at the same time.
 

Three killed in Elkhart hit and run

Aug 28, 2017

 

Elkhart Police are still investigating a crash that left three people dead on Saturday.

The crash happened shortly after 9 on Beardsley Avenue near Cassopolis Street. A vehicle struck five pedestrians on the sidewalk, then veered back on the road, and hit two other vehicles.

One of the pedestrians died at the scene, while two others died at the hospital. One was treated and released and one is still in the hospital. No one in the other vehicles was injured.

Notre Dame trail finishes with parade through South Bend

Aug 26, 2017
Pilgrims cross the street
Jennifer Weingart

 

The Notre Dame trail, the long walk from Vincennes to South Bend to commemorate the University’s 175th anniversary finished Saturday.

 

Most of the 32 pilgrims that make up the core group are Notre Dame Alumni who returned to Indiana from across the country to participate in the historic walk.

The 300 miles recreate the walk Father Edward Sorin and his followers took in 1842 to found the University.

Donnelly makes stop in South Bend

Aug 23, 2017

Senator Joe Donnelly stopped at the Charles Martin Youth Center in South Bend as part of his “Hoosier Highways” RV tour. The 6-day tour is part of Donnelly’s campaign launch, in which he travels the state and listens to voter concerns, as well as shares what he considers accomplishments of his first term in the Senate.

Donnelly said he  is happy to be back in his home region.

He said that the one thing he has learned in his time in  Washington, is that he can work with anybody.

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell promoted a new program to South Bend residents that allows someone with a disability, or a parent of a child with a disability, to create a savings account with special tax advantages. Mitchell, along with staff were available to answer questions regarding the program at the Logan Center following the presentation.
 

Elkhart residents gather for solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

The solar eclipse peaked at about 2:20 this afternoon in the Michiana area.  About 150 people gathered in downtown Elkhart to witness the event. The Elkhart Public Library hosted a viewing party, where the public was welcome to join and watch live coverage of the eclipse on a jumbotron.

It’s been 38 years since the last eclipse. Kids and adults gathered at Central Park to witness what many called a “once in a lifetime event.”

solar panels
Jennifer Weingart

 

The University of Notre Dame unveiled a new array of solar panels Wednesday that will drop carbon emissions at the school by 148 tons a year, or the equivalent of planting 31 acres of trees.

Paul Kempf, the senior director of utilities and maintenance at Notre Dame said, “We’re looking at a photovoltaic solar system that has a capacity of about 145 kilowatts and the intention is that it’s providing a significant portion of the electrical use of this building.”

The building houses the University’s archives.

Notre Dame uses geothermal to meet emissions reduction goals

Jul 18, 2017
Notre Dame main building
Matthew Rice via Wikimedia Commons

 

The University of Notre Dame continues to work on lowering carbon emission on campus with, among other things, geothermal energy.

Notre Dame’s first geothermal field came online last fall. The field is a series of holes and other equipment that use the constant temperature of the Earth to heat and cool buildings.

This first one, called the East Quad field, lowers the university’s carbon emissions by about 1,300 tons per year.

Morning Edition host Michael Linville speaks with David Smith - co-chair of the 30th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival.

Commencement at Notre Dame

May 26, 2017
Sid Shroyer

The last time I attended a Notre Dame commencement was also as a reporter, in 1981, inside the A-C-C, and President Ronald Reagan was the honored guest. It was his first trip out of Washington after he was shot and the mood was warm. He delivered a broad, philosophically conservative message, but the speech was a talk, humane, and his presence belied his reputation as an ideologue.

An overflow crowd  of 250  people worshipped together at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James at the “Interfaith Service of Prayer for Compassion and Justice for Migrants, Immigrants, & Refugees.”

Lauren Nassau of South Bend, a member of the Temple Beth El synagogue explained why she came.

On Thursday, January 5, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy to chair the Democratic National Committee.

WVPE's Jon Huber spoke with Jason Critchlow, Chairman of the St. Joseph County Democratic Party, about the announcement. The first question was, "What does this mean for South Bend?"

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