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Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart

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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The recent announcement of a proposal by CoreCivic, a private, Tennessee-based company, to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Elkhart County has some residents in search of ways to make their opposition known. The immigrant advocacy group, Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition, hosted a seminar Saturday in Elkhart to discuss protest techniques with residents.  



Community centers, libraries and schools across the country are reading one book Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness and education around transgender children.


The book is ‘I Am Jazz” written by reality TV star and transgender child activist Jazz Jennings.

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The South Bend nonprofit La Casa de Amistad hosted a meeting Thursday, to discuss the details of the recent consideration of Elkhart County as the site for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention facility by the private company CoreCivic.

Residents of St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties gathered to write letters to urge local government leaders to vote down CoreCivic’s proposal to build the facility when the proposal is presented.

EPD officers with facial hair
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Officers at the Elkhart Police Department are back to well shaven after a month of growing beards and collecting food for the Salvation Army.

For the month of November Elkhart police officers could forgo shaving and bring in a non-perishable food item each day to wear a beard.

Officers are allowed to have a mustache under their dress code, but no other facial hair.

Department spokesperson Chris Snyder says it was fun seeing all the different types of facial hair.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE


The South Bend Community School Corporation held a listening forum yesterday where residents had an opportunity to give feedback to school leaders about the proposed Focus 2018 school plan.


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Some local post offices will be open on Sundays leading up to Christmas. A release from USPS says the extended are meant to give customers more of a chance to get holiday mailing done.

Offices open for Sunday hours include:

Northwest area: Valparaiso, Gary and Merrillville.

Fort Wayne area: Fort Wayne Northwood and Centennial.

South Bend area: South Bend Main Office, Edison Park, Elkhart, Chippewa, Mishawaka, Marion and Kokomo.

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Volunteers and workers at Hope Ministries in South Bend will provide nearly a thousand thanksgiving dinners for the holiday today.

Hope Ministries has been giving out thanksgiving dinners for 25 years. This year, they will serve just over 300 people at their facility and deliver more than 500 meals to people in need.

Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder confirmed Thursday that CoreCivic of  Nashville, Tennessee has expressed interest in Elkhart County property to for a new Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Indiana. County Commissioners will have final approval over the facility if a final proposal is presented.

Richard Aguirre, Founder of Elkhart County HOPE, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group, said community leaders found out about CoreCivics’ interest in property last Friday.

Billy "Stix" Nicks and the Motown Machine

We were saddened to hear the news that drummer Billy “Stix” Nicks died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the age of 82 after an illness. He died just one day after being inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame.

Bill Nicks founded the popular jazz bands The Rhythm Rockers and the Billy Nicks Jazz Trio. He’s also known for having played and recorded with the prestigious Motown label with Junior Walker and the All Stars.

Billy performed at many WVPE events over the years, including one of the Meet Me on the Island events earlier this year with his band The Motown Machine.

The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart


The University of Notre Dame has established a new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs to help serve students in that population.


The process to get the new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs started in January. The University is using the department to bring together services that were previously housed separately.

Many other universities have similar departments to work with military and veteran students.


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.