Originally Posted Monday, October 08, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

MONDAY OCTOBER 8, 2012
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NATIONAL

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says the numbers you saw Friday about a drop in the unemployment rate to 7.8% in September, may not be true. Romney tells several sources that the decline in the unemployment rate can be linked to people giving up on their job searches and not jobs creation.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election on Sunday.. Chavez defeated challenger Henrique Capriles who only had 45 percent of the vote, according to Reuters. This is Chavez's third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office.
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If you think gas is expensive here, try going to California where prices rose to $4.67 a gallon. The spike in gas prices comes after Governor Jerry Brown called for emergency measures on Sunday to provide some relief to motorists. He ordered to immediately allow refineries to make a winter blend gas—weeks earlier than usual.
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Thousands of pastors in all 50 states participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The Alliance Defending Freedom says nearly 1 thousand 500 pastors preached biblical truth on the positions of electoral candidates. The movement is an effort to secure free speech rights of pastors in the pulpit.
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STATE/REGIONAL

The Indianapolis priest who left to Greece a week ago is still missing, so now a 10-thousand dollar reward is being offered. Indiana officials say anyone with information in the case of the missing Indiana priest will get the money. Christiaan Kappes of Beech Grove and his interpreter disappeared from Athens on September 30th.
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September state revenues have climbed quite a bit. The figure stood at 1-point-4 billion dollars, and that‘s about $90 million dollars higher than September of last year. The State Budget agency says total revenues are 51 million dollars ahead of projections through the first quarter of the fiscal year.
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The state now has 8 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis. No deaths have been reported in Indiana, but 7 have been reported nationwide. The CDC says there's over 60 cases and they all link to a tainted back pain medication.
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If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of election day, today's your chance to cast your ballot. Early voting began this morning for Indiana, California, and Oregon. Now, if you'd rather wait, just remember that tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote.
Feel free to take advantage of this Columbus day holiday to cast your ballot..
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

Benton Harbor Schools could make changes to it's sexual education program.. The school board will vote tonight on changes to it's program for the high school and 8th grade. The proposal comes after the board learned about recent pregnancy rates and STD's in the school.
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A Mishawaka elementary school teacher is in trouble with the law..St Joseph County Police say 30 year old Eric West is facing charges with Inappropriate Communication with a Minor.. which is a misdemeanor. West is a teacher at Walt Disney Elementary School.
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It wouldn't hurt to give college students advice about dorm safety. Notre Dame Security Police arrested a 24 year old man and a 26 year old woman this past week for stealing two laptops and a wallet from unlocked dorm rooms. Notre Dame police have not released the names.
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If you live in the Elkhart/Goshen area, you probably heard several motor engines in the sky.. That's because it was the annual Warbird Gathering Weekend at the Elkhart Municipal Airport. Hundreds of spectators showed up Saturday to see World War II aircraft and aerial demonstrations.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

The City of Lawrence is laying off 20 EMT's due to budget cuts. Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup says the city has a $2 million shortfall that would have caused the city to run out of money by December. However, City Council member Jeff Coats says many council members are opposed to the Mayor‘s plans.
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A Westfield family is miraculously safe and sound after a truck suddenly crashed into their home. Officials say the truck hit their living room around midnight when the homeowner checked on a noise outside. Firefighters spent hours rebuilding the demolished wall so the family could go back inside.
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Authorities continue to search for two Michigan prison escapees in Indiana. 32-year-old Kenneth Grauman and 23-year-old Gregory Bradshaw are believed to be in the Kokomo area. Kokomo police say the men have stolen at least two vehicles and burglarized several houses.
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USA Luge will be coming to Indianapolis looking for youngsters who might want to take up the sport. Organizers are looking for kids between the ages of nine and 13 who have never seen or been on a luge sled before. Those kids selected from the search will be brought to a four-day training camp at the U-S Olympic training center in Lake Placid.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:

Right now, on your Columbus Day ... theres quite a bit of frost..but later on it'll be sunny, in the lower 60's.. Tuesday ... lots of sunshine, with a high near 66 and Wednesday ... sunny, in the lower 50's.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Columbus Day ... Widespread frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 59. Tuesday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Wednesday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 55
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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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