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Originally Posted Thursday, October 04, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2012
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NATIONAL:

In the first presidential debate Wednesday night, President Barack Obama argued for another term in office to recover from the deep recession. On the other hand, Romney argued that Obama's policies have not been working and actually worsened the crisis. Romney also noted that would not raise taxes on middle income Americans.
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Iranian Pastor Youceff Nadarkhani may be out of prison, but now his attorney is serving time. The pastor's lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, is currently in jail for defending several religious prisoners like Nadarkhani. Iranian officials also accuse the attorney of "aiding" clients free of charge.
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This may not seem like news, but it is when more 1 billion people from around the world are connected. Facebook has hit that new milestone: the site now has 1 billion users and they're working on getting more. The giant social network is seeing its fastest growth in Brazil, India, Mexico and the United States.
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STATE/REGIONAL:

Indiana health officials now know why cantaloupes left hundreds sick a few weeks ago.. An inspector with the FDA found unclean conditions at the Southern Indiana farm. The inspector's report shows that two strains of salmonella were among cantaloupes, which caused 270 people in 26 states to become ill.
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You'll soon start hearing of a new program at YMCA's near you. The National Y is launching a Y-USA Afterschool Pilot Program here in Indiana to help prepare kids in academics, problem solving, and health. Y-USA will kick off Monday in Indy first, and then spread to different areas around the Hoosier state.
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Increasing college access is their priority. The Indiana Commission on Higher Education met Wednesday to find more ways to boost the number of Hoosiers with a post-secondary education. A Higher Education commsioner says last night's meeting was only one of 8, which shows how important it is for Hoosiers to attend college.
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A crime left two Indianapolis brothers stuck inside their house.. On Wednesday Dennis and Raymond discovered that someone had stolen the portable ramp for their wheelchairs that was on their front door. Officials believe a thief took the metal to sell for scrap, But kind neighbors who heard of the case were able to help the men.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

If you live in Elkhart, your water bill may start to climb. Mayor Dick Moore is proposing a rate hike over the next three years. This means your bills, for homeowners, would reach $6.36 per month next year. In 2014, the rates would increase $2.09..and by 2015, a 3.85 hike.
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She says she was fired for being pregnant, and now, she's suing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing South Bend restaurant, Nick's Patio, from behalf of Tiffany Williams for reducing the hours and ultimately terminating her employment. The South Bend Tribune says Nick's Patio has a policy that requires employees to report a pregnancy.
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A New power plant could bring more jobs to New Carlisle.. Indiana officials are talking about a project that would bring close to 700 short-term construction jobs, but at least 35 of those would be permanent. You can hear more about the new power plant tonight at New Prairie High School at 7pm.
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This is something you don't see very often.. Firemen wearing pink shirts! Clay Township firefighters are wearing pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. This is the 5th year they sell these shirts and donate to local organizations that help cancer patients.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA:
Passing a stopped bus with its safety arm extended can cost you a 1 thousand dollar fine time in jail.. Kokomo officials say more people disobeying school bus stops when it's dropping a child off.. so now they're going to start cracking down on school safety. Officials remind you to becareful with children walking during the morning and afterschool hours.
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You might have seen more than the usual amount of kids walking to school Wednesday.. That's because it was "Walk to School Day, and more than 1,000 schools across the country did it to promote safe walking environments for kids. The event also taught them how to cross intersections safely.
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WEATHER:

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Friday ... A chance of showers. cloudy, with a high near 55. and Saturday ... A 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 51

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... A 20 percent chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Friday ... Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Saturday ... Partly sunny, with a high near 52
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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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