Originally Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012

WFRN NEWS

TUESDAY DECEMBER 4, 2012

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

WASHINGTON, D.C-- The White House warned the Syrian government to becareful in a decision to use chemical weapons against their own people. Recent signs of increased activity at some of Syria's chemical sites, hint that the government may be moving some of its nonconventional weapons. President Obama said that a wrong move like that would be unnacceptable.
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U.N-- Using the internet could soon come at a price. At a United Nations communications conference that kicked off on Monday, there have been proposals which would tax the internet. U.S Ambassador Terry Kramer, tells Fox News that the U.S is doing everything in its power to prevent this from happening.
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Obamacare is making its way to Walmart. New part-time employees will no longer be eligible for the company's health insurance. Walmart is joining other companies reducing benefits in light of The Affordable Care Act. Under the new requirements, anyone with income under 133 percent of the federal poverty line will be eligible for Medicaid.
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FAITH

MASSACHUSETTS-- $20 million dollars for a 1640 Psalm book..A historic church in Boston Massachusetts wants someone to claim it at an auction. Members of the church say it's one of the first books published in America and that they will use the money for outreach projects and renovations. Only 11 copies of the book remain.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- A federal judge rejected an Indianapolis atheist group‘s bid for the right to perform marriages. The Judge said that granting clergy the right to perform marriages is the kind of accommodation of religion the First Amendment protects, not a denial of rights to the nonreligious. Indiana attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union believes the ruling should be appealed.
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WASHINGTON D.C.-- An effort to reduce nuclear weapons is getting him an award. Senator Dick Lugar will receive a medal for his work. The medal is the highest award presented by the Secretary of Defense.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- The man about to leave as state School Superintendent in Indiana will seek his next job in the South. Tony Bennett says he has applied to be Florida‘s next education commissioner, a position that unlike Indiana, is not filled by voters. Bennett is one of more than 50 applicants for the job, but he is expected to be a leading candidate.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

MISHAWAKA-- If you live in Mishawaka, finding your city council representative might become easier in the coming years. In a 9-0 vote, the Mishawaka City Council has decided to redraw the boundaries of the six districts where members serve and are elected. Voters will have to start paying attention to the new districts in the 2015 elections.
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NILES--- James Ringler's tenure as Niles Township treasurer will continue another four years. The status of Ringler was clarified at Monday night's township board meeting when members formally accepted a letter from John Engel declining the position.
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ELKHART-– It could end up in 23 new jobs.. The Conn-Selmer company, is a musical instrument maker in Elkhart and they're looking to expand. On Monday night the Elkhart City Council was to consider a tax abatement request made by the business.. a final decision isn't expected for 2 weeks.
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SOUTH BEND-- You'll soon hear the name of the new South Bend police chief. The mayor's office updated the city on the decision by saying that the nationwide search will come to an end very soon. A release says the next step would include a list of finalists.
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MICHIGAN-- Flags are at half-staff in Lansing Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. flags remain halfway at the state Capitol through December 15th, in honor of ex-state Senator. 82 year old Philip Mastin passed away last Wednesday.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

KOKOMO-- A classic Kokomo built automobile is returning to the city. A New Hampshire vehicle collector donated a 1923 Apperson sedan to the city. The estate of Stanley Hamel donated the car that Hamel bought in the ‘50‘s for $400. You can check out the car in the Elwood Haynes Museum.
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LEBANON-- The city of Lebanon joined two other communities attempting to annex land in Boone County on Monday. The Lebanon City Council approved an ordinance to annex over 8,000 acres in Worth township. Whitestown and Zionsville are also trying to annex the area.
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HOWARD-- Kokomo's YMCA was surprised with an expensive gift on Monday. The Howard County commissioners offered 500 thousand dollars as a gift for a new downtown facility. Officials say the plan is to budget $100 thoudand dollars in economic development income tax funds toward the project in each of the next five years.
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GREENSBURG-- The victims of the plane crash in Greensburg have been identified. 46-year old Donald Horan and his 44-year old wife Barbara and 45-year old Steven Butz and his wife 42-year old Denise Butz were killed in the crash Sunday near the Greensburg County Airport. There is no word on what caused the crash, but officials say it was foggy in the area at the time of the crash.
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ELWOOD-- Elwood officials brought in federal and state experts Monday to help investigate a large factory fire. The fire was started Friday night at the abandoned State Plating Factory. Police arrested four teens including the son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold. No Injuries were reported.
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BLOOMINGTON-- It's a controversial plan but officials have given the intial greenlight. The Bloomington City Council recently said it's ok to hunt deer in the city to reduce their population. A deer task force adopted a 200-page document detailing its recommendations for dealing with increasing numbers of urban deer. The council is scheduled to take up the recommendations on Wednesday.
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SPORTS

SOUTH BEND-- Award after an award...Notre Dame's linebacker is officially a Heisman finalist. Manti Te'o picked up the Butkus Award on Monday. He also accepted the Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Showers, mainly before 7am. Temperature falling to around 49..Wednesday ... Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Thursday ... Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Showers, mainly before 1pm. Temperature falling to around 53. Wednesday ... Sunny, with a high near 41. Thursday ... Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
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