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Originally Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2012
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NATIONAL

NEW YORK--It was a nice try but Hostess is shutting down. The giant company known for its Twinkies announced Tuesday night that mediation with its bakers union failed so they'll proceed with liquidation plans. Hostess closed its plants Friday after thousands of workers walked out.
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CHICAGO-- A small earthquake rattled Illinois near Mount Carmel, Tuesday night. The U.S Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 3.6. The epicenter was located about six miles northwest of Mount Carmel and about 36 miles northwest of Evansville.
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FAITH

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:

ISRAEL-- Conflict in the Middle East continues to grow in Gaza and Israel, injuring several citizens. But while the mainstream media focuses on the casualties, Hoosier, Victor Marquis, says there's more to the story. He's currently in Israel. He was with Messianic Christians the first day of the attacks. He says "As soon as we finished praying, the sounds went off. In Jerusalem that's a really strange thing because it hasn't happened in a long time, that they can make them ring."
What he sees is discouraging: "The tragedy that's happening to Jewish people. They can't get on with their lives, they're kids can't go to school everyday, have to be in bomb shelters." Here's something you won't here on the mainstream media. Victory says "The people of Gaza doing these attacks of terrorists, put their misstles right next to school, masques, children so that when you retaliate against it, you do--can have them kill innocent people."
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANA-- Indiana‘s October employment report is bringing good news. The state nearly doubled the national rate of job growth in October, adding 7-thousand-700 private sector jobs. The unemployment rate went from 8.2 to 8-percent in Indiana. Indiana workforce officials say its the largest monthly gain since May.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Indianapolis police have taken two people in for questioning related to the Indy neighborhood explosion that damaged dozens of homes. Officials say the investigation is ongoing, and more search warrants are expected. Police stress that the people taken in for questioning are not necessarily suspects.
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STATEHOUSE-- The 2013 session of the General Assembly is officially underway. Chief Justice Brent Dickson swore in the 125 newly elected legislators, including 28 freshmen -- 25 in the House and three in the Senate. Republicans will hold walkout-proof majorities in the Senate for the third straight year, and in the House for the first time since 1974.
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INDIANA-- More Hoosier kids are attending private schools. The Department of Education says the number of students using taxpayer money to attend private schools doubled this year. This year, about 9 thousand 300 families signed their kids up.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

LAGRANGE – The numbers reflect your hard work..Indiana's new unemployment numbers show most Michiana counties doing better than the state average. St. Jospeh, Starke, LaPorte and Elkhart are slightly above the state's 8% average. LaGrange County, however, had the biggest comeback in unemployment rates. They went from 19% to under 7%.
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MICHIGAN-- A 77-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for taking money from a Detroit-area church. Helen Gvozdich is also being ordered to repay $50 thousand dollars. Officials say Gvozdich took the money from St. Stevan Decanski Orthodox Church in Warren, where she failed to show receipts of church investments.
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SOUTH BEND-- If you'll be Black Friday shopping, expect clerks to check your big bills. South Bend police discovered that 5 fake 100 dollar bills have been passed at Walmart stores, here in the Michiana area. They even pass the pen test. Officials say the money is most likely being printed in bigger cities.
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ST. JOSEPH-- As you travel this Thanksgiving weekend, police will be making sure roads are safe. St. Joseph officers want to let you know that starting Friday night, they'll have extra patrols and have sobriety checkpoints. They say that if you get stopped at one of those checkpoints, simply have your license and registration ready.
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ELKHART-- An unusual place to have a baby.. a trolley. Mother Skylla Hurt was on the Elkhart bus when her water broke and a baby girl was born. Baby Autumn Dawn is as healthy as can be.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

FULTON-- The numbers show your hard work..Indiana's new unemployment numbers show that most counties are doing better than the state average. Kosciusko, Marshall, Fulton and Pulaski counties are just a tad under the state's 8% average.
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COLUMBUS-- After months of debate, the Columbus City Council approved a city smoking ordinance Tuesday night. Council members approved the tougher ban by a 5-2 vote. The measure bans smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs. It is scheduled to take effect next June.
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KOKOMO-- A newspaper carrier is being hailed as a hero. Reports say the man heard a 93-year-old central Indiana woman screaming in her home for help after falling. Esther Wilkins was on the floor of her home for three days before she was heard by him. She's now home safe and sound.
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FISHERS-- A 14-year old Fishers Junior High School student faces two charges for bringing a firearm to school on Monday. Fishers officials say a parent called them to report his son had been shown a gun by another student as the students got on the school bus. Investigators say the boy did not intend to harm students, but has been charged.
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SPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS-- The Colts are doing their part for Thanksgiving. The Colts and US Foods were out in force outside Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday. Team members were joined by 100 volunteers all of whom are giving out Thanksgiving meals to 2,000 pre-selected Indy families in need.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Widespread dense fog, mainly before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy near 51. Thanksgiving Day ... Sunny, with a high near 62. And Friday ... A chance of rain and snow showers with a high near 42.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Widespread dense fog, mainly before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, near 53. Thanksgiving Day ... Sunny, with a high near 62. Friday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 43
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ELECTION RESULTS

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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