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Application for abortion clinic in South Bend denied

Jan 10, 2018


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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Jennifer Weingart


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.

Indiana Receives Approval To Expand Lead Testing

Oct 18, 2017

Two Indiana state agencies received approval to use federal money to expand lead testing, particularly for low-income Hoosiers.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will be able to use $3 million a year for the next five years to provide lead testing and prevention services.

  Notre Dame students and employees gathered outside of the university’s Administration Building to protest the University’s response to the Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama executive order regarding contraception. Protesters said the university has presented itself in a different light in regards to healthcare.

Premature South Bend Baby Receives Rare Brain Surgery

Sep 19, 2017

A baby from South Bend spent the first eight months of her life at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health when she was born a so-called micro-preemie at 23 weeks. Now she is headed home for the first time.

The baby, named Miracle Mullins, was also the first in Indiana to undergo a rare brain surgery.

Premature babies often suffer from hydrocephalus, where an excess of cerebrospinal fluid causes the brain to swell. What’s not so common, says Riley neurosurgeon Jeffrey Raskin, is a procedure Miracle Mullins received.

Michiana residents protest decision to end DACA

Sep 6, 2017
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The federal plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in six months, would impact nearly 1,200 people in Michiana and 10,000 people statewide. Michiana non-profits hosted a rally urging Republican Representative Jackie Walorski to support protection for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Executive Director of the South Bend non-profit La Casa de Amistad, Sam Centellas said the message is simple.

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South Bend and a local non-profit supported Barack Obama’s executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on its fifth anniversary. The order defers deportation of children brought into the country without legal documentation. People gathered at a rally urging the federal government to make DACA a permanent law.

'Drive for our Lives' makes stop in South Bend

Aug 15, 2017
Ben Wikler, with the organization MoveOn, talks to a crowd at the Old Court House in South Bend. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and community health care advocates shared stories about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
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A black RV wrapped with the slogan “Drive for Our Lives” parked outside of the Old Courthouse in South Bend. People gathered to hear stories about the importance of health care in the community and what advocates say is at stake if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced.

Lakeshore Public Media

For 31 years David Capp was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, which covers Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette.  Now Capp is out of office.  The former United States Attorney was planning on retiring in June, but after the new Presidential administration took over, he ended up leaving earlier than he had planned.  He spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Thursday his candidacy for the position of chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The election is set for the end of February.

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Announcing his candidacy in a tweet Thursday, the South Bend mayor said, “It’s time for new leadership to deliver a fresh start for our party.”

The opening for the Democratic National Committee comes after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned last July and interim chair, Donna Brazile, said she would not seek election for a full-term.