Originally Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WFRN NEWS with Yolo Lopez Perez

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2012
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NATIONAL

LOS ANGELES— Four Southern California men are behind bars for plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S targets overseas. Federal officials say the men were plotting to bomb military bases by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison.
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ISRAEL-- Secratary of State, Hillary Clinton, is on her way to Israel on a peace mission. Clinton will meet with Israel's Prime Minister and then Palestinian officials before heading to Cairo. She will stress the importance of reopening a path of peace between the two.
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ISRAEL-- Fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza could get worse. The Christian Post says Israel is preparing to step up its air strikes after Hamas launched another round of missiles toward Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Hamas must stop its rocket attacks before there can be a cease-fire.
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FAITH

OKLAHOMA CITY-- A federal judge has rejected Hobby Lobby's request. The arts and crafts store asked to block part of the federal health care law that requires them to provide insurance coverage for birth control pills. But the Judge ruled that "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations."
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He's issuing a wake-up call to America. Christian minister, Franklin Graham, is participating in several talk shows and speaking out on the President's re-election. He says Christians share part of the blame for the crisis.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- The house explosion that killed two and destroyed several homes in an Indy neighborhood is now a homicide investigation. Investigators conducted numerous interviews and used search warrants. They say they're looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision on the day of the explosion.
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INDIANA-- There's hope for Twinkies. At a hearing in New York, a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge questioned the "logic behind the decision to strike" but he also declined to act on the request from Hostess to sell its assets. Instead, he postponed the case until Wednesday, to give the two sides a day to meet with a mediator.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

GOSHEN-- About 450 Workers of Cequent Performance Products are still waiting to see if they're jobs will stay in the U.S or not. The parent company of Cequent that's located in Goshen had said it would make a final decision Monday as to whether the plant was moving to Mexico. But, there's still no word on the official decision.
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BENTON HARBOR-- The City of Benton Harbor is broke and police could be the first ones affected. Emergency Financial Manager, Joeph Harris, said on Monday that his first option may be cutting police protection in the city. Harris also considered putting the millage renewal back on the ballot or having the city petition for bankruptcy.
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MICHIGAN-- Records of Michigan state candidates are now a button away. Michigan's state office says a campaign finance app is now available for Android smartphones. You can search for records by names of state candidates, as well as by election period and much more. A version for iPhones was released in April.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

CARMEL-- The Carmel City Council voted to refinance nearly 200-million dollars in debt accrued by the Carmel Redevelopment Commission. The 7-0 vote came after weeks of debate in committee on how the refinancing could be done. President of the Carmel City Council said revenue from TIF funds will be used to pay off the debt.
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GREENWOOD-- Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered in Greenwood to remember the couple killed in the Southside explosion. Monday marked the funeral mass of John and Jennifer Longworth at the church they were married in 12 years ago. The couple died in the Richmond Hill explosion two Saturdays ago.
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WEST LAFAYETTE-- He hasn‘t officially taken over as President, but Governor Mitch Daniels is questioning why Purdue has two campuses less than 40 miles apart in Northwest Indiana. Daniels says that plan would be abandoned if the opportunity arose to do it over again. However, he says he's currently concerned about low graduation rates.
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SPORTS

The Saints beat the Raiders 38-17, the Ravens claimed victory over the Steelers 13-10, and the 49ers got dominant performances on the ball in a 32-7 win over the Bears.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... a slight chance of showers with a high near 54. Wednesday ... Mostly sunny, near 57. And Thanksgiving Day looks like a gorgeous day, sunshine, with a high near 60.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Scattered showers, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Wednesday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Thanksgiving Day ... Sunny, with a high near 61.
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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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