Originally Posted Monday, October 01, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

MONDAY OCTOBER 1, 2012
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NATIONAL:

Fighting for your religious freedom comes with a price. In Washington, police arrested dozens of people over the weekend for kneeling and praying in front of the White House. This group of people call themselves ActsFive29. They use this as their basis for protesting the Obama administration's Health mandate which requires individuals to have health insurance that covers birth control. The group plans to continue fighting for the religious freedom until tomorrow.
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Investors and markets will pay close attention to what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells the Indiana Economic Club today. He will give a speech to a crowd of about two-thousand at the Indiana Convention Center. State officials say you'll also be interested in the speech as Bernanke will focus on questions about the fed and monetary policy.
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There's another touchdown Jesus...well kind of. A megahurch in southwest Ohio dedicated a new statue of Jesus Sunday. It replaces the sculpture known as "Touchdown Jesus" that burned down after being struck by lightning in 2010. Even though the Jesus statue has arms stretched forward, instead of upwards, people still refer to it as "Touchdown Jesus."
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He rode 62 miles in 4 hours and 17 minutes. Doesn't sound fast? Consider this.. this French cyclist, Robert Marchand is 100 years old. Marchand is being recognized for his courage and determination to cover such distance. The French cyclist set the world hour record for his age over the weekend.
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STATE/REGIONAL:

UPDATE: The incident at Riley Hospital for Children in Indy remains a mystery. The Marion County Health Department tested several chemicals that could have been used and found none of them on the samples collected from the hospital. Officials will continue to investigate the case.
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Hundreds gathered on Saturday afternoon in Kokomo to honor Sergent Bradley Atwell. Family, friends, and military personnel attended the funeral at Chapel Hill Christian Church to honor the U.S marine. He was killed in Afghanistan on September 15th.
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A new test is about to start for community college students. It's called Accu-placer. This test will determine if they need some kind of remediation in math, reading or writing, and if so, how much. Ivy Tech spends more than 400-thousand dollars a year on these exams..
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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Chances are, if you haven't been personally affected, you know someone who has. That's why several Hoosiers will be raising money this month of October. The American Cancer Society says you can help nearly 850 Hoosier women who will be affected this year, by supporting events in your area.
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Now THIS man, is raising money for a rare form of blood cancer.. An IU oncologist, Dr Rafat Abonour, led a 200-mile bicycle ride to raise support for myeloma research. The ride started Friday in Kentucky and ended Saturday in downtown Indy. He's raised nearly 2 million dollars for the search.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

Officials are calling it retaliation. A man crashed into an Amish buggy over the weekend in Warsaw, killing a horse and injuring the passengers. The driver sped away in the car and was later caught by police. Now, the Amish men in the buggy are doing fine, but officials believe there was some type of incident between the Amish men and the suspect.
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A student pilot flying solo, is recovering from minor injuries after an accident Saturday. Roger Yoder was practicing maneuvers in a light-sport aircraft at the Goshen Municipal Airport in preparation for his license. Yoder says the accident occured during takeoff.. An investigation is under way.
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Police charged a Fort Wayne home nurse for stealing nearly $15 thousand dollars in jewelry from a patient‘s home. Dominique Gooden was charged Friday with 3 felony counts of stolen property. A woman reported the theft after noticing the jewelry was missing. Gooden had been caring for the woman‘s husband through Home Nursing Services.
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Thousands of adorable animals waited in line for their rabies shot. The Michiana Kennel Club and other vendors gave about 2 thousand free rabies vaccines on Sunday.. Officials say rabies kills millions of animals each year worldwide, which is why they wanted to help. There were several locations for the vacciness across the country.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA:

The Indianapolis smoking ban has rubbed off in Lawrence. An extended smoking ban went into effect this morning.. it mirrors Indy's ban with the inclusion of hotels, bars and the exclusion of private clubs. Mayor Dean Jessup says their ordinance wanted to match Indy's so people won‘t be confused.
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An economic development announcement concerning a "multi-million dollar investment" is planned today in Kokomo. Mayor Greg Goodnight and other city officials will join transportation representatives to share the economic benefits to the region and amount of investment.
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An afternoon of hunting went terribly wrong in Fulton County.. DNR officials say a group of four were hunting on private property when a member of the group was accidentally injured by a bullet and later died at a hospital. Authorities say the tragedy took place during Indiana's two-day Youth Deer Season which is where minors were learning how to hunt.
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Two Lafayette workers are recovering after falling 20 feet into an empty sewage tank. Rescue officials used ropes and baskets to rescue the men Friday. The men were sealing cracks in the tank when the scaffolding collapsed. One man was in fair condition and the other was treated for minor injuries.
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SPORTS:
The Notre Dame football team had the weekend off, but the Irish still moved up in the polls. The Associated Press Poll ranked the Irish 9th and 10th in the Coaches poll. Notre Dame moved up one spot in each.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cubs over the weekend 8-3.. the Cardinals crushed the Washington Nationals 12-2 and the White Sox wiped the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1
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WEATHER:

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today's high near 67.. Tuesday ... A small chance of showers.. near 67 degrees as well. And Wednesday ... A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 66.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Tuesday ... A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Wednesday ... A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66

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Are you registered to vote? If you haven't, you have until October 9th to do so.. To register online or to see where you can go to vote in your county, go to indianavoters.in.gov.



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