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Police Officer In South Bend Shooting Case Resigns

5 hours ago

Monday afternoon, the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police announced the resignation of the white South Bend police officer who shot and killed a black man a month ago. 

Black Lives Matter Groups Protest In South Bend

Jul 15, 2019

Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated in South Bend over the weekend to talk about their experiences with police brutality. They also issued a list of eight demands directed at Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other city officials. 

Though no cause has been released, fire officials studying the blaze which leveled five homes and damaged at least three others Friday in West Lafayette say they hope it sends a message to policy-makers.

Wabash Township Fire Chief Ed Ward, whose department is leading the investigation, says the fire on Tesla Drive underscores possible unintended consequences of the area’s recent growth spurt.

State Secured School Safety Grant Applications Open

Jul 15, 2019

Applications for the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program opened Monday. 

A public forum in South Bend Sunday night focused on how deep-rooted issues related to policing, poverty, and education are hitting minority communities. Much of the discussion revolved around ideas to improve the historic lack of trust between minorities and the police. 

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Five different fire departments responded to a multi-home fire in West Lafayette's Lindberg Village neighborhood Friday afternoon, which West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath says began around 3 p.m.


The City of Gary recently received a more than $27,000 grant to help prevent child lead poisoning. Among other things, the city plans to help educate the parents and healthcare providers of kids with elevated blood lead levels.

Indiana finished its most recent fiscal year with more money in reserve than it’s ever had.

The state’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children met Wednesday morning to discuss a wide range of issues, including suicide prevention. 

State officials painted a grim picture of suicides among Indiana’s youth. The rising rates of suicide – and thoughts of suicide – are already among the highest in the country. 

Division of Mental Health and Addiction official Leslie Hulvershorn says Indiana has effective ways to prevent youth suicides, but children and teens might have a hard time getting those services.

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This summer, users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—commonly known as food stamps—can show their benefits card to catch a free ride to Greater Lafayette farmer’s markets—and, in West Lafayette, make their money go twice as far through a new program that doubles their benefits.

Greg Seiters is trying to decide if the extra funds outweigh the wait time.

“Well,” Seiters says, “generally, they’re on time.”

He’s waiting at a CityBus stop near his Lafayette home on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon.

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