Originally Posted Thursday, November 15, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 2012
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NATIONAL

WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all, but the nation's highest income earners. The President explained that doing this will help eliminate half of the "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy back into recession.
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WASHINGTON-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will stay in her current role for the next session of Congress. She confirmed it on Wednesday. Pelosi plans to remain in leadership as Congress and the President make an effort to solve the fiscal crisis.
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ISRAEL-- Israel and Gaza are going on their 2nd day of attacks. The New York Times says Israel lost 3 civilians this morning, which were the first casualties on the Israeli side since Israel launched its strongest assault on Gaza in four years.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- It's going to take time to determine the exact cause of Saturday's deadly house explosion. Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says investigators are focusing on what would‘ve been the inside of the house. He says a forensics team is going through burned remains for clues.
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ST. JOSEPH-- Michigan Congressman Fred Upton led a hearing Wednesday on the deadly meningitis outbreak. The country's top medical examiner testified that new laws are need to police large pharmacies. Congress is considering new restrictions on compounding pharmacies that operate between state and federal regulation.
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INDIANA-- Well, we're hitting the top-- more than 40 states have filed petitions to break away from the U.S. Texas by far leads the way with more than 90 thousand signatures..only 25 thousand are required to trigger a response from the White House. However, experts say that while there is no chance of a real secession, the petitions show a big sign of concerned Americans.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- An Indianapolis company will provide scholarships and grants in honor of the couple who died in an Indy home explosion. The fund will be managed through the community Foundation of Central Indiana. The man who died in the tragedy was a long time employee of Indy Audio Labs.
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WASHINGTON-- An Indiana interior designer will be responsible of making the White House look good. Shari Koenes of Franklin has been asked to help decorate rooms of the White House like the Oval Office, main entrance and the President's family private quarters. This will be her second time going.
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INDIANA-- 21 Indiana state parks were closed Wednesday for the first round of deer reduction hunts. Conservation officials say the reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks. The second round of hunts will take place November 28-29.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

SOUTH BEND -- When you see leaves on your yard, you probably make plans to burn them, but that could soon be illegal in some parts of St. Joseph county. A bill before the County Council would ban outdoor burning within any subdivision or neighborhood that has more than five homes. A possible vote on the measure could take place as soon as December.
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LAGRANGE-- Police arrested LaGrange's Town Clerk Wednesday on two felony counts of theft and one of official misconduct. Authorities say Michael Rowlison used the town credit card to purchase dozens of items for his personal use. Rowlison told police he had been making personal purchases for about five years.
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SOUTH BEND-- Thousands of people will have food on the table this holiday season thanks to The Food Bank of Northern Indiana. They're one of many organizations that will serve Hoosiers. The Food Bank is busy organizing turkey dinners to feed about 50,000 people across 6 counties.
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ELKHART– Your kids are probably with you everywhere you go, which is why it's crucial that they're buckled up properly. Traffic safety officials were at Walmart on U.S 20 Wednesday helping parents secure their kiddos. Experts say securing your child's seat properly can reduce a crash injury by 70%.
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ELKHART-- A lot of pens went up Wednesday-- it was National Signing Day in Michiana. High school athletes from several schools signed letters of committment to play for college sports. Notre Dame will welcome three players: from Penn, New Haven and Marion.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

LAFAYETTE-- Two Indiana residents face mail fraud charges for defrauding an Indiana hospital. A Lafayette man and a former resident of Monticello, are accused of running a fake staff recruiting firm that stole over 800,000 dollars from White County Memorial Hospital.
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BLOOMINGTON-- Bloomington police are asking for your help if you have any information on multiple arson fires at the Winston-Thomas plant. Authorities say the fires took place in August. They've released a photo of a man on the property who they say is not a suspect, but is wanted for questioning on any suspicions.
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Ivy Tech Community College has teamed up with Google to provide a new email and calendaring system to all of its students statewide. Officials say the move could save as much as 100-thousand dollars a year. Ivy Tech will launch the Google tools later this week.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Demolition has officially begun on the Pepsi Coliseum. State Fair officials say crews are removing interior seats and concrete and installing pylons. The state fair is awarding about $47 million in construction bids for the upgrade and for the new arena.
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SPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS-- Indiana Pacers and Fever players are reaching out to victims of the Richmond Hill subdivision explosion. Indianapolis natives George Hill of the Pacers and Katie Douglas of the Fever along with Fever MVP Tamika Catchings are treating effected residents to this Friday‘s Pacer game against the Dallas Mavericks.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Colts cornerback, Darius Butler, was named the A-F-C Defensive Player of the Week after his performance last Thursday. Butler had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery in Indy’s 2710 win over the Jaguars.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Friday and Saturday, sunshine in the upper 50's.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Friday and Saturday, sunshine in the upper 50's.
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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR COLLEGE SPORTS
Here are the in-state boys basketball commitments to Division I colleges:



PLAYER: V.J. Beachem HIGH SCHOOL: New Haven COLLEGE: Notre Dame

PLAYER: Jaylon Brown HIGH SCHOOL:Fishers COLLEGE: Evansville

PLAYER: Brock Cosey HIGH SCHOOL:South Bend Riley COLLEGE: Chicago State

PLAYER: Mike Crawford HIGH SCHOOL:Tipton COLLEGE: Saint Louis

PLAYER: Nick Davidson HIGH SCHOOL:Andrean COLLEGE: Valparaiso

PLAYER: Devin Davis HIGH SCHOOL:Warren Central COLLEGE: Indiana

PLAYER: Alex Etherington HIGH SCHOOL:Hamilton Heights COLLEGE: Kansas State

PLAYER: Mo Evans HIGH SCHOOL: Cathedral COLLEGE: IPFW

PLAYER: Collin Hartman HIGH SCHOOL: Cathedral COLLEGE: Indiana

PLAYER: Franko House HIGH SCHOOL: Concord COLLEGE: Ball State

PLAYER: Zak Irvin HIGH SCHOOL: Hamilton COLLEGE: South Michigan

PLAYER: Demetrius Jackson HIGH SCHOOL: Mishawaka Marian COLLEGE: Notre Dame

PLAYER: Markese McGuire HIGH SCHOOL: Elkhart Memorial COLLEGE: Illinois-Chicago

PLAYER: Cole Murray HIGH SCHOOL: Delphi COLLEGE: Northern Kentucky

PLAYER: Jordan Pickett HIGH SCHOOL: Pike COLLEGE: Loyola-Chicago

PLAYER: Jake Raspopovich HIGH SCHOOL: Merrillville COLLEGE: Texas Pan-American

PLAYER: Mike Schlotman HIGH SCHOOL: Munster COLLEGE: William & Mary

PLAYER: Brenton Scott HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Wayne NorthropCOLLEGE:Indiana State

PLAYER: Bryson Scott HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Wayne NorthropCOLLEGE:Purdue

PLAYER: Blake Simmons HIGH SCHOOL: Castle COLLEGE:Evansville

PLAYER: Basil Smotherman HIGH SCHOOL: Lawrence North COLLEGE: Purdue

PLAYER: Justus Stanback HIGH SCHOOL: West Lafayette COLLEGE: IUPUI

PLAYER: Leo Svete HIGH SCHOOL:Penn COLLEGE: Western Michigan

PLAYER: Trevor Thompson HIGH SCHOOL: Ben Davis COLLEGE: Virginia Tech

PLAYER: Austin Torres HIGH SCHOOL: Penn COLLEGE: Notre Dame

PLAYER: Zavier Turner HIGH SCHOOL: Pike COLLEGE: Ball State

PLAYER: Tony Wills HIGH SCHOOL: Ben Davis COLLEGE: Illinois State

PLAYER: Clay Yeo HIGH SCHOOL: Triton COLLEGE: Valparaiso
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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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