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   The University of Notre Dame’s Idea Week festival kicks off Friday with events on campus including a talk by Patti LuPone.

The festival runs until Sunday April 29th with presentations, competitions and entertainment.

Nick Swisher is with the Idea Center at Notre Dame, the group that’s putting on the festival. He said he hopes the event can grow to be like a South by Southwest for innovation.

“We’re really trying to, I wouldn’t necessarily copy South by Southwest but honor what it’s done.”

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.

 

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On this episode of Michiana Stories, Rabbi Micheal Friedman and Imam Mohammad Sirajuddin discuss faith, family, and community in South Bend.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM on 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Salaam Shalom" by Raffi

Notre Dame women’s basketball player Arike Ogunbowale will appear on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

Ogunbowale was named the MVP for the NCAA tournament this year which Notre Dame’s women won.

She is a junior at Notre Dame and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has said she will return to Notre Dame for her senior year and hopes to repeat the NCAA tournament win.

The season of Dancing with the Stars Ogunbowale will appear in premieres on ABC on Monday April 30th at 8 p.m.

 

After two officer involved shootings in as many weeks South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski released a video comment Friday about the shootings and ongoing investigation.

In the video Ruskowski explained the review by the SBPD on its law policy, training.

He said the criminal investigation by the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is separate and happens any time someone is killed.

 

On Saturday scientists and science enthusiasts are gathering in South Bend for the 2018 March for Science.

Last year the March for Science in South Bend drew a crowd of more than a thousand. Far higher than the couple hundred organizers expected.

Robert Stanley is the chair of March for Science South Bend. He said they are expecting fewer people this year because the momentum is down with other protests and issues drawing people’s focus.

Stanley said science relates to a lot of those other issues.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg signed an ordinance yesterday passed by the Common Council on April 9th, which defines a “responsible bidder.”
 

The Responsible Bidding Ordinance is meant to protect taxpayer dollars as well as small businesses by making sure public works projects are completed efficiently and held to a high standard.
 

More Indiana voters are turning out for candidate debates this primary season.

After more than 450 people showed up for the  debate between the Democratic candidates for the second congressional district in South Bend, organizers moved the final debate from the IUSB Elkhart Center to the Lerner Theatre. More than 350 came to the debate in Elkhart.

Jennifer Weingart

 

Elkhart’s Center for Community Justice has received a $100,000 grant from the county to support its work.

The Center for Community Justice runs a victim offender reconciliation program, a program to help those recently released from jail re-enter society, and educational programs on restorative justice for schools and workplaces.

The Center is supported mainly by grants. Over the last few years, funding has been down.

 

The Democratic candidates for Indiana’s second congressional district will debate for the second time tonight. They will be at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.

The League of Women Voters and American Democracy project will host this final debate before the primaries. The three active candidates for the Democratic nomination; Mel Hall, Pat Hackett and Yatish Joshi will participate.

The debate was moved to the Lerner Theatre because more people have been coming to the debate events this year than have before.

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.
 

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.
 

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Juan Constantino, development coordinator at La Casa de Amistad, talks about his childhood in South Bend and his family's journey from Mexico to the United States.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”
 

The Friends of the St. Joseph River are holding a river cleanup event in South Bend this weekend.

The event is meant to help clear debris from the banks of the river. Cleanup will go from the Veterans Memorial Park boat launch to the IUSB footbridge on Northshore Boulevard.

It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trash bags will be provided but volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and wear work gloves.

 

Notre Dame is offering tours of its Nuclear Science Laboratory on Friday.

The tour is part of celebrations of the 80th birthday of the lab. It includes presentations on nuclear physics, and views of particle accelerators and reactors.

Tours run from 4:30 to 6. Participants must fill out a waiver and wear long pants and substantial close toed shoes.

 

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