Originally Posted Thursday, November 22, 2012

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012
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NATIONAL

ILLINOIS-- A sudden resignation. Illinois congressmen, Jesse Jackson Jr has ended his career. This comes just two weeks after he won a ninth term without campaigning, and after being out of the public eye for months due personal struggles. Illinois officials will possibly hold a special election to fill the vacant seat.
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TEL AVIV-- Iran's president welcomed cease-fire between Hamas and Israel on Wednesday, but hours before the agreement, terrorits bombed a bus in Tel Aviv. It happened downtown of the city injuring 21 people. Israel did not reply to the attack.
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FAITH

Hobby Lobby has filed an emergency appeal seeking immediate relief from big fines. Their total could be around $1.3 million dollars. The Christian-owned retailer's appeal comes after a decision by a federal court mandating that they abide by Obama's mandate to provide birth control drugs.
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TEXAS-- She's getting kicked out for protecting her Christian faith. A Texas high school is withdrawing Andrea Hernandez for refusing to wear a new ID with a chip. It traces each students' exact location on school property. Hernandez claims the ID violates her her faith because it conditions students to one day accept what the Bible calls "mark of the beast." She'll be withdrawn from school Monday for refusing to wear it.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- They've heard the arguments. Now, it‘s up to the State Supreme Court to decide whether Indiana's school voucher program is legal. The justices heard oral arguments on whether the state constitution allows taxpayer money to fund vouchers that pay for religious schools. Chief Justice, Brent Dickson, gave no indication on when they would rule.
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STATEHOUSE-- Hoosiers who file individual returns next year will receive a credit of 111 dollars. Now, joint filers will receive a credit of 222 dollars because of the state’s automatic taxpayer refund. Indiana closed the 2012 Fiscal Year with more than 2-billion dollars in the bank.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

GOSHEN-- It's official. Cequent Performance Products in Goshen is leaving 450 employees without a job. The Michigan-based company made the decision to move the its operations to Mexico. It's still unclear when the company will officially close their doors, but we do know the transition will begin after the new year.
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GOSHEN-- Workers of Cequent Performance Products evacuted the Goshen plant Wednesday after an unknown message with a bomb threat. Police say the parent company of Cequent is offering 5,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest. The Goshen plant move its operations to Mexico.
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SOUTH BEND–- Yesterday's fog caused a bit of chaos at the South Bend Regional Airport. It caused two flight cancellations to Chicago along with several delays. Airport officials say it was their busiest day of travel with 2 thousand 500 people boarding flights. Things are back to normal now.
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DETROIT— Parents who could show that a fetus was at least 12 weeks along at the end of a year would receive a tax break. Republican Michigan lawmakers are considering this legislation. Under the proposal, a fetus would be treated the same as a child for purposes of a tax deduction. Officials say its an attempt to recognize that a pregnancy brings expenses.
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NORTH LIBERTY-– A St. Joseph County mother is pressing charges against a teacher. Police say a special education teacher hit the 12 year old girl. She suffers from a learning disorder which makes her unable to talk. It happend at LaVille Junior-Senior High School.
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SOUTH BEND-– A gas leak some traffic problems in South Bend Wednesday. Emergency crews responded to a call on the 1500 block of Western Avenue. They believe a car hit a gas line and drove off. The line ran from a meter to the ground.. a body shop nearby was evacuated.
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ST. JOSEPH-- As you travel this Thanksgiving weekend, police will be having several checkpoints starting Friday night. St. Joseph officers will mainly be having DUI checkpoints. But they'll also be making sure you're buckled up. They say that if you get stopped at one of those checkpoints, simply have your license and registration ready.
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GOSHEN-- A trolley baby. Yep, you heard right. An Elkhart woman gave birth to a baby girl on the bus. 22-year-old Skylla Hurt was traveling to Goshen when baby arrived. The bus driver pulled over to call paramedics, but they arrived a little late. Oh, and her 4 year old daughter was a witness.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

WALTON-- A fire destroyed most of a two-story home Tuesday in Walton. Fire officials responded to a call around 7:30 pm. They say no one was injured and that the cause of the fire will likely be undetermined. That same fire rekindled around 2am.
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TIPTON-- A second company is moving forward with plans to open a wind farm in northwest Tipton County. The Tipton County Council approved the application of juwi Wind Energy to construct up to 94 wind turbines in Prairie Township. You can hear the formal announcement at a public hearing December on 3rd.
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LOGANSPORT-- If you live in Logansport, you'll soon see construction work on railroads. The city received a $6,600 dollar grant for a pavement markings project at railroad crossings. If weather permits, crews will be completing the upgrades before the end of the year.
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NOBLESVILLE-- The crowds, the rush to find the perfect gift at deep discounts - all part of the Black Friday. The Hamilton County Humane Society is will be offering special Black Friday pricing for adoptable pets. If you're an early bird, you can take advantage of a 15-dollar adoption fee from 8 to 10am.
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HOWARD-- There was new issues at Tuesday’s meeting of the Howard County Plan Commission. Neighbors expressed concerns about an animal shelter going up in their backyard on 69-72 700 East. They're afraid the new Pals for Paws shelter will be loud and unsafe for children. The commission voted to give the petition an unfavorable recommendation with a 5-2 vote.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today... a beautiful day.. sunshine near 62. Friday ... A chance of rain in the morning and snow around 34. And Saturday ... we could get more snow showers near 34.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Thanksgiving Day ... Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Friday ... Mostly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 34. Saturday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
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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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