Originally Posted Monday, November 19, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

MONDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2012
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NATIONAL

NEW ORLEANS-- New Orleans officials are looking for a missing worker after last week's oil platform explosion in the Gulf. The owner of the oil platform said on Sunday that one of four men was burned in the blaze, however they're in fair condition. Three boats are checking beaches for the missing worker.
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COLORADO-- Genetically modified ingredients continue..here’s a new one: Pepperidge Farm has been sued in Colorado for claiming that its Goldfish crackers are “natural” when they contain ingredients from genetically engineered soybeans. The LA Times says the plaintiff, Sonya Bolerjack, wants $5 million in damages.
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FAITH

WASHINGTON-- Tyndale House Publishers is celebrating a victory. A federal court ruled on Friday in favor of Tyndale in a lawsuit against Obama's contraceptive coverage mandate. Tyndale claims to be the world's largest Christian publisher of books and Bibles.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANA-- Indiana lawmakers are bracing for the implications of the federal health care law. So far, governor-elect, Mike Pence says he is not interested in a state-run exchange. But he has until Feb. 16 to officially close that door. Lawmakers will also have to weigh in whether to expand Medicaid coverage.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- The couple who lost their lives in the Indy home explosion, were laid to rest Sunday. Hundreds lined up to pay their respects to Jennifer and Dion Longworth. Jennifer taught second grade and her husband worked at Indy Audio Labs. Investigators are still looking for the cause of the explosion.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Twinkie lovers, you can relax. The Associated Press reports that the spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court. The AP says companies are interested in bidding for parts of Hostess. The company is laying off 18,500 workers after a union strike caused them to halt production. More than 850 Hoosiers worked for Hostess.
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FORT WAYNE-- Hundreds of Hoosiers paid their respects to a Fort Wayne firefighter who died in the line of duty. More than 1,000 people filled an Allen County church on Saturday. 26-year-old, Mark Haudenschild II was a volunteer firefighter. He passed on November 11th.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

LAPORTE-- A former LaPorte High School volleyball coach will go on trial on misdemeanor charges. MaryBeth Lebo is being accused of helping to conceal an improper activity between 48-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl. Court records say Lebo told players not to tell anyone about the relationship.
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ELKHART-- An explosion rocked an Elkhart oil facility Friday afternoon. Elkhart fire officials say a diesel tank that was being taken apart for scrap exploded at the Yoder Oil Company. A worker was flown to an area burn center. Meanwhile, authorities will continue to investigate the blaze.
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ELKHART-- A group of Concord High School students sacrificed sleep on Saturday to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital. It was their 14th annual 24-hour Potter's Marathon. About 90 Concord students were busy throwing clay to benefit Riley Kids. They began the event at 5a.m.
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MICHIGAN-- You'll be seeing the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse on a big magazine. A photo of the lighthouse will be featured in the 2013 Pure Michigan Travel Guide after winning the Pure Michigan Photo contest. It was chosen from more than 3 thousand entries.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

CARMEL-- The Carmel City Council will vote tonight on the fiscal cliff bailout of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. The options being considered will cost Carmel taxpayers more than $500 million to pay back. The total debt is $196 million.
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LOGANSPORT-- Logansport school officials are a bit upset. Superintendent of the Logansport School Corp says they received a notice late October, that an appeal to the data behind the school's original C grade was approved, but the school's grade has not changed in the Indiana Department of Education releases. Logan officials say it should be listed as a B, not a C.
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HOWARD-- Kids with special needs will now be able to attend preschool in Howard County for free. The Howard County organization pledged a 3 year grant to fund preschool education for needy students in the county. The $120,000 grant will allow about 40 new students to attend preschool for free.
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SPORTS

You heard it on Sunday. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are now number 1. The Irish improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1989. They claimed the number 1 spot in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll. Notre Dame can book its ticket to the national championship game with a win over USC next Saturday.
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The Patriots blew out the Colts on Sunday with a final score of 59-24. And the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Steelers 13-10.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Tuesday ... A slight chance of showers near 55. And Wednesday ... a much warmer day with a high around 58!

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Tuesday ... Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Wednesday ... Sunny, with a high near 59.
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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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