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The private company CoreCivic today announced it will formally withdraw plans to build a multimillion dollar detention center just south of Elkhart.
 

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder said company representatives called to let him know about the change in plans late this morning.
 

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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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American Airlines is returning to South Bend International Airport with non-stop flights to Dallas and Charlotte.

American Airlines left South Bend in 2003. The airline's return will connect South Bend to its two biggest hubs.

The move will bring 93 thousand seats on flights and an estimated 20 million dollars in revenue to the area.

Governor Eric Holcomb said the expansion in South Bend is part of a larger  trend. Indianapolis added it’s first non-stop route to Europe in September.

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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.

 

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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Sunburst Races

 

Michiana’s longrunning Sunburst races has dropped the marathon for the event this year.

 

Organizers say they plan to focus on the shorter races.

The marathon went from 800 finishers a few years ago to under 250 in 2017. That prompted organizers to cut it.

The race on June second will still have a half-marathon, 10-K and 5-K.

Travis Bladecki is the race director for Sunburst. He says with everything that goes into planning a marathon, it wasn’t worth it anymore.

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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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After a successful football season rescuing food from Notre Dame, non-profit Cultivate is rescuing food from basketball and hockey games as well.

Cultivate rescued more than 7 thousand pounds of unused food after Notre Dame football games this fall. Now they’re rescuing food after hockey and basketball games.

Cultivate partners with food banks and shelters around South Bend. The food is either donated directly or repackaged as meals and given to those in need.

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As students leave for holiday break, the fate of Elkhart crossing guards is still unknown. The city of Elkhart cut funding for school crossing guards when they adopted their new budget in October. The cost to fund crossing guards for a year is about $222,000.

The kerfuffle over who should pay for crossing guards is not new to Elkhart. Most people say it’s a often a disagreement between schools and city officials but usually settled quickly.

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The bike-share company LimeBike has released end-of-year data that show the company’s first six months in South Bend have been successful.

LimeBike is a dockless bike share that started operating in South Bend over the summer. In that time 27 thousand riders have covered 85 thousand miles on the green bikes.  

Notre Dame
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Notre Dame is one of 27 universities in the country - and the only one in Indiana - that will have to pay a new tax on endowment income, due to changes included in the federal tax reform bill approved by Congress Wednesday. 

Notre Dame Vice President of Communications Paul Browne says it’s unusual to have a specific group identified for a specific tax.

The South Bend School Corporation passed the Focus 2018: Design for the Future school plan yesterday with a unanimous vote. South Bend residents filled the meeting room for another opportunity to  voice concerns before school board members voted on the much scrutinized plan. Many parents expressed concern about how quickly the plan would make drastic changes across the school district.
 

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