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A D-Day veteran in White Pigeon reflects on the battle, Elkhart business owners are concerned about how the Main and Prairie street closures will affect their business, and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 12:03 a.m.

1. D-Day 70th anniversary remembered by White Pigeon veteran

D-Day veteran Robert Kreager was 17 when he enlisted, following two older brothers into military service. He served with the Army’s 238th Engineer Combat Battalion. The former construction machine operator landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944, carrying soldiers and equipment in a tank landing ship. The Elkhart Truth interviewed Kreager about his memories of that day on the 70th anniversary of one of the largest seaborne invasions in U.S. military history.

2. Elkhart business owners react to Main, Prairie Street closures

Elkhart business owners are concerned that the Main and Prairie street closures will affect their profits. Leslie Biek, the city right-of-way-engineer, said businesses can contact contractor Rieth-Riley and city officials about putting up extra signs to inform customers of the detour. However, she said the city will not provide subsidies.

3. Drivers face double detour off Main Street in Elkhart after miscommunication

Motorists faced a detour to their detour in Elkhart Thursday, June 5. Northbound traffic on Main Street had to turn onto Indiana Avenue to move around construction work along Main Street. However, Indiana Avenue was also closed for part of Tuesday and Wednesday for work on the road. Motorists then had to find another detour off Indiana Avenue.

4. Elkhart County school systems get grant money for school safety

Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday, June 4, more than 250 Indiana schools will receive $9 million to improve safety. Seven Elkhart school corporations will also receive part of the grant money to conduct threat assessments, purchase equipment which restricts access to the school or notifies first responders efficiently or hire school resource officers. Baugo schools will use their money to install a rapid responder crisis management system. The Department of Homeland Security expects schools to receive the money within three to six months.

5. Indiana needs to get its education act together

The Elkhart Truth education reporter Lydia Sheaks reflects on changes to Indiana education over the last year, and she says it is a mess. She offers seven reasons, from a public official accused of manipulating one school’s grade to Indiana repackaging the Common Core. She adds that schools are trying to meet state requirements, but things may be changing too quickly for educators and students to catch up.





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 FILE- In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner is shown. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner after it was determined that a choke hold police used while trying to arrest him in July 2014, caused his death. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network, File)

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