Originally Posted Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14 2012
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FAITH

WINSCONSIN-- The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed another complaint--this time, against the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The secular group argues that BGEA's ad campagin called, "vote biblical values," violated the IRS' rules by including Graham in Romney campaign ads.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- The Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has named a new director of a institute on preaching and worship. Reverend Dr. Frank A. Thomas will focus on African-American preaching and worship. Dr. Thomas‘ wife will serve as associate director on a part-time basis.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- Churches near the Indianapolis Richmond Hill explosion, are reaching out to families. One church specifically, Southport Presbyterian, has become the main center of recovery. Senior Pastor, Rob Hock, says it's all part of their mission to serve. Investigators believe a furnance issue caused the blaze.
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Some are leaving the country and others, are taking it a step further. Indiana, Michigan and 21 other states are petioning the federal government to secede from the Union. The White House promises a response if a petition has more than 25,000 signatures in 30 days. Texas is the only state to reach that benchmark so far.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

WASHINGTON-- Southwest Michigan Congressman Fred Upton will lead lawmakers later this morning in their first hearing on the deadly meningitis outbreak. Upton is head of the Subcommittee that's looking into the case. FDA commissioner and co-owner of the Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for spreading the disease will also testity.
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SOUTH BEND-- The sentencing scheduled for a former South Bend bus driver was postponed Tuesday. Officials say 32 year old Monisha Simpson had improper activity with a 16 year old student of Clay High School. Her sentencing is now scheduled for December 6th.
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MICHIGAN-- As the deadline draws near for states to decide on health care exchanges, Michigan is still looking at its options. Governor Rick Snyder is looking at creating a state-operated network where people can shop for health insurance. States have until Friday to decide.
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI-- Grand Rapids police arrested a charter school student Tuesday for having a loaded firearm in the building. Authorities say they found the weapon on the 15 year old at the Lighthouse Chater Academy.
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SOUTH BEND-- South Bend school officials met Tuesday to talk about the future of the schools. They're developing a strategic plan for the South Bend School District. School officials also invite you to speak out about what you think needs to change in the school system. You can do that by taking an online survey on the district's website.
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ALBION-- Authorities are looking into the cause of an explosion in northeast Indiana. Noble County firefighters responded to the scene in Albion Tuesday afternoon. Wane TV reported the explosion happened inside a garage, but took a home off its foundation. No one was injured.
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ELKHART-- The Marching Minutemen of Concord High School were selected to participate in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Concord High School's music director, Scott Spradling kept it a secret for about a month until Macy's organizers broke the news themselves. This will be the Minutemen's seventh trip to the parade.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

FISHERS-- The Super Target in Fishers has re-opened after a fire forced the store to shut down Tuesday morning. The fire in a rear storage room was extinguished by a sprinkler, but smoke filled the store. The grocery section still remains closed for cleanup and re-stocking.
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COLUMBUS-- Cummins has started to layoff professional staff at its Columbus headquarters, as it reduces its worldwide work force by as many as 15 hundred. Cummins announced that around 150 Indiana employees will lose their jobs and more than 120 will be transferred from other facilities.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Marion County may soon require flea markets to be regulated. The city-county council approved a plan Monday night that, if signed by the mayor, will hold flea markets to the same regulation and oversight as local pawn shops. Supporters say the plan will help stop the sale of stolen and illegal goods at flea markets.
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ROYAL CENTER-- There's a reason you no longer see the Crystal Coin laudry and Sometime restaurant on South Chicago St in Royal Central. Demolition workers removed the building last week to make way for a Family Dollar store, which is set to open late next year.
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INDIANA-- A nationwide strike has forced Hostess Brands to close several of its plants. Hundreds of Hostess workers in Indiana are not impacted yet, but Hostess Chief Executive Officer Gregory Rayburn says the entire company is just "days away" from being shut down because of the strike.Thousands of union members, including those in Indiana, went on strike Friday to protest cuts to wages and benefits.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Partly sunny, near 43. Thursday ...we'll reach a high near 46. And Friday ... Sunshine, near 48.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Partly sunny, near 43. Thursday ...we'll reach a high near 47. And Friday ... Sunshine, near 50.
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ELECTION RESULTS

VICTORY: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

An Ohio victory allowed President Obama to get re-elected. Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Winsconsin were among battlegrounds that the president won. Romney captured a key victory in North Carolina. Obama now faces a partisan divide in Congress, with Republicans retaining House majority while Democrats keep control of the Senate.


U.S SENATOR:
VICTORY: DEMOCRAT JOE DONNELLY

The battle for U-S Senate is over in Indiana. Democratic Joe Donnelly won about 49% of votes over Republican Richard Mourdock who had about 46% of the votes. Libertarian Andrew Horning had 6% votes.


INDIANA GOVERNOR:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN MIKE PENCE

Taking the governor's seat is Republican Mike Pence. He defeated Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham Tuesday. Pence, who's been in Congress for the past 12 years, took about 50% of votes..John Gregg had 46% and Boneham had 4%.


ATTORNEY GENERAL:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN GREG ZOELLER

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will be back in office next year for his second term. Zoeller beat Democrat Kay Fleming easily with 58% of the votes. Flemming only had 42%.

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION:
VICTORY: DEMOCRAT GLENDA RITZ

Tony Bennett is no longer the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Democrat Glenda Ritz pulled out the upset in the tight race. Ritz had 53% of votes while Bennett had 47%.


U.S REPRESENTATIVE- CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN JACKIE WALORSKI

Jackie Walorski claimed Joe Donnelly's seat in Indiana's second district. Walorski gained 49% of the vote, Mullen got 48% and Libertarian Joe Ruiz picked up the remaining 3%. She won by less than 4,000 votes two years after she lost to incumbent Joe Donnelly by about 2,000 votes.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1:
VICTORY: DEMOCRAT PETE VISCLOSKY

Representing Indiana's 1st congressional district is Democrat Pete Visclosky. The Democrat defeated Portage businessman Joel Phelps with about 67% of the votes. Phelps had 33% of votes. This will be Visclosky's 15th term.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 3:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN MARLIN STUTZMAN

Republican Marlin Stutzman will return to congress. Stutzman easily defeated his opponent- Democrat Kevin Boyd for Indiana‘s 3rd district seat which is the northeastern part of the state. He had about 72% of the vote.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 4:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN TODD ROKITA

Todd Rokita is also returning to congress. The Republican incumbent defeated Democrat Tara Nelson and Libertarian Benjamin Gehlhausen for the 4th district seat.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN SUSAN BROOKS

Representing Indiana's 5th district is Republican Susan Brooks. She had 58% of the votes while Democrat Scott Resk had 38%. Brooks says she plans to make the federal deficit a big priority to restoring faith in Congress.


MICHIGAN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6:
VICTORY: REPUBLICAN FRED UPTON

Republican Fred Upton is going for a 14th term in congress. The republican representing Michigan's 6trh district defeated his Democratic challenger Mike O'Brien with with 60% of the vote. O'Brian had 42% vote.


OVERVIEW:
Republicans held on to their House majority, leaving Democrats pretty short of the gain of 25 seats they needed to take control. Republicans now hold a 240-190 majority in the House.

Same-sex marriage is set to become legal in Maine, Minnesota and Maryland. Washington also voted on the measure, but results are still not clear. If approved, they would become the first states to do so through the people's vote.
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