Originally Posted Friday, November 16, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 2012
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NATIONAL

They're agreeing to pay 4.5 billion. BP pleaded guilty to criminal misconduct on Thursday over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The AP says the settlement includes a 1.256 billion dollar criminal fine. The top Democrat on the House of Natural Resources told the press that BP lied to him and to all Americans. 11 workers lost their lives in the 2010 spill.
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WASHINGTON-- Republican Rick Santorum is gearing up to run for president. Inside sources tell the Christian Post that Santorum is already preparing for a run in 2016. Republican Paul Ryan is mentioned as another possible contender.
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The famous 5 Hour Energy drinks, are not that good for you. The FDA confirmed on Thursday that 5-Hour Energy may be linked to 13 deaths over the past four years. The New York Times says more than 30 reports involved life-threatening events like heart attacks and one "spontaneous abortion."
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FAITH

The goal is to encourage Christian men. A national men's ministry by author and pastor Kenny Luck, will launch "Sleeping Giant." It's an online movement aimed at helping Christian men become strong leaders in their families. Organizers invite you to claim a free video by going to everymanministries.com/launch.
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STATE/REGIONAL

No more twinkies. Hostess Brands is suspending all of its bakery operations and firing 18, 500 workers. The company filed a motion with U.S Bankrupcy Court this morning. They're seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets. More than 850 Hoosiers worked for Hostess.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- The Indianapolis woman whose home exploded in the Richmond Hill subdivision spoke out for the first time since the tragedy. Monseratte Shirley says she doesn‘t know what caused the blast, but says she and her boyfriend are not to blame. The blast affected more than 80 homes.
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MADISON-- Indiana Congressman-elect Luke Messer has been selected to serve as President of the House Republican Freshman Class for the 113th Congress. The former state legislator will represent the 6th district, which is held by Mike Pence.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

MICHIGAN-- A judge ruled on Thursday that Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions is unconstitutional. In an 8 to 7 vote, the court said the 2006 amendment to the Michigan Constitution is illegal because it weakens citizens' equal access to tools of political change.
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ELKHART– A teen pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in the Elkhart home invasion where a homeowner fought back. Police say 17 year old Jose Quiroz is one of 4 teenagers who broke into the home on Fances Avenue. The homeowner was taking a nap and defended himself with a firearm.
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SOUTH BEND-- Members of the county Election Board apologized to voters who had issue with precints on Election Day. About 4 precincts in South Bend ran out of ballots and dozens more ran low causing voters to wait. Officials blame the problem on a number of factors.
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WASHINGTON-- An Indiana judge has received one of the nation‘s highest judicial honors. Allen County Judge, John Surbeck, received the William H. Rehnquist award at the U.S. Supreme Court. Surbeck is the the first Hoosier to receive the award.
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ST. JOSEPH-- You probably heard people testify about a Smoke Out yesterday. The annual Smoke Out focuses on ways to help citizens quit smoking and in St. Joseph county, the Tobacco Free coalition was busy handing out free t-shirts and educational materials for those who want to quit. Organizers were at the College Football Hall of Fame.
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GOSHEN-- A Goshen toymaker will take part in a major retailer's website this holiday season. Peter's Group of Goshen is the creator of the "Stack and Stick Cozy Cabin". His toy was one of two winners in Meijer's toy contest, which was open to all U.S based companies. You can only buy this toy on Meijer's online website.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

COLUMBUS-- The fate of the Dolly Madison bakery plant in Columbus is no more. The plant, whose parent company is Hostess Brands, employed more than 200 people. Hostess executives shut down all of its plants because workers did not return to work from the picket lines by 5pm on Thursday.
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KOKOMO-- A Howard County insurance agent faces fraud charges for creating false life insurance policies. Officials say 38-year-old Ronald Pierce created the policies in the names of two people without their consent. Authorities believe Pierce created the policies to meet his sales quotas for Farmer‘s Insurance.
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STATEHOUSE-- Several Central Indiana mayors are planning a big push to get legislators to authorize a mass-transit referendum. Marion and Hamilton Counties need legislative approval for a vote on whether to let the counties collect new taxes to pay for transit links between the two. The plan envisions a near-doubling of the IndyGo bus system and other bus lines.
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ANDERSON-- An Anderson woman faces a false informing charge for her involvement in a bomb threat at the Madison County Government Center. The 42 year old Cheryl Boyer was arrested Thursday. Authorities believe Boyer sent a letter to the government center indicating there was a bomb threat.
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CARMEL-- The Carmel High School Marching Band is taking a trip to California. They've been invited to march in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade. This comes after they won first place in the Bands of America Nationals Championship this past weekend. Carmel Marching Band also won a music awards in 2011.
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SPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS-- The Pacers and Fever players are treating victims of the Indy home explosion to today's Pacer game against the Dallas Mavericks. Indianapolis natives, George Hill of the Pacers and Katie Douglas of the Fever are main organizers of the treat.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today and Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 50 degrees. And Sunday, more sunshine near 53.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today and Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 51 degrees. And Sunday, more sunshine near 53.
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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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