Originally Posted Wednesday, December 05, 2012

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5, 2012
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NATIONAL/WORLD

NEW YORK-- The third biggest U.S bank, Citigroup, is cutting more than 11 thousand jobs worldwide. The giant bank ssays the cuts are an effort to reduce costs. Reports say Citigroup will eliminate 6 thousand 200 jobs from its global banking business, and another 2,600 jobs will disappear in the bank's operations and global functions. The moves are expected to save $900 million next year and $1.1 billion annually beginning in 2014.
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NEWARK-- New Jersey's Mayor has accepted a Twitter challenge to live on a food stamp budget for a week, which comes out to about $4 dollars a day. Politicians and community leaders around the country have taken on similar challenges in recent years to highlight the difficulty of relying solely on government aid for nutrition.
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FAITH

GRANGER--Authorities in Granger are investigating two instances of graffiti of a nazi and swastika symbol that was sprayed on a garage door. Police are currently leaning on the possibility that it was just a prank rather than a hate-crime..however, they're still investigating the case.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS-- Today‘s State School Board meeting could feature a showdown between the state school superintendent and his successor. The board is expected consider new rules on teachers, specifically how those teachers earn a certification or a license. Glenda Ritz, who defeated Tony Bennett in last month‘s election, opposes the change that would allow teachers to be certified without having a degree in education.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Federal prosecutors have charged three people with stealing hundreds of cars through a car title scheme. The scam involved paperwork so that so called "mechanic‘s liens" would be issued against at least 272 cars in the Indianapolis area, allowing the drivers of those cars to stop making payments to the banks and finance companies.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- An Indiana State Senator is being honored for his work with the state's Lifeline Law. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) received the Novo Award from the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking. The law prevents minors from being prosecuted for underage drinking crimes if they request medical attention for another person suffering from alcohol-related complications.
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INDIANA-- Indiana mayors are still suspicious that they‘re not receiving all the local tax revenue they‘re entitled to, and will be asking legislators to make changes. In April, state officials discovered they'd underpaid local governments by 206-million dollars in local income taxes. The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns wants the state to review its revenue computers.
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INDIANA-- The Flu season is off to an early start this year.. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five states are already reporting widespread flu. The normal flu season usually begins in February, and so far Indiana is under the typical flu season category. Health officials remind you to wash your hands often to prevent the flu from affecting you.
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INDIANA-- No more waiting in long lines to renew your drivers license. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles launched a new app for your smartphone or Droid to reduce customer lines at its offices. You can search for the free app by typing myBMV.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

PORTAGE-- Construction is underway on the Safety Training Institute in northwest Indiana. The building will help meet rising industry demand for trained workers in multiple safety categories.
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ST. JOSEPH-- It's official. The St. Joseph County Council voted in favor to realign Douglas Road. Notre Dame plans to demolish the current Douglas Road and build a new one that cuts through White Field. Dozens of community leaders participated in the meeting to voice their opinions.
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WARSAW-- 60 new jobs are rolling in to Warsaw. Micro Machine Company is a medical device manufacturing facility...they're expanding its Warsaw building where only 8 employees are currently working. The 60 additional workers will be added to the roster by 20-15.
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AUBURN-- In DeKalb county, 43 workers will loose their jobs. Alcoa is closing its Dekalb plant in March.. officials say it's part of the company's efforts to streamline operations.
Alcoa is closing its DeKalb County plant. The company will lay off 43 workers and stop production in March. Officials say the closing is part of the company’s continuing efforts to streamline operations.
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ELKHART-- Watch out for a new scam that's making its way around Michiana computers. It's an email that looks like it's coming from the Better Business Bureau. If you get it, it will tell you your computer has a virus and needs a clean up. Then they'll ask for your credit card information.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

COLUMBUS-- Come July, and smoking will no longer be allowed in any businesses within Columbus City limits. The City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that bans individuals from lighting up. Businesses have until July 1st to comply with the ban after which individuals can get a 50-dollar fine for lighting up.
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LOGANSPORT-- A 52-year-old Logansport man will appear in court today after he was accused of starting a fire on Thanksgiving day. Police arrested the man after watching a video where it shows that he was the only one near the Sixth Street building.
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CASS COUNTY-- Cass County commissioners agreed Monday to allow snowmobiles in designated areas at France Park. The park’s director says the park will offer cross country skiing snowmobiles, and that to his attention, this had never before been allowed at the park.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Hundreds of first responders from across the nation are in Indianapolis this week. They‘re taking part in the 2012 All-Hazards Incident Teams Conference to talk about preparedness for sudden disasters. Many of them are just back from the East Coast where Sandy hit.
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SPORTS

INDIANAPOLIS-- The annual International Motorsports Industry show gets underway today in Indianapolis. Governor Daniels will give opening remarks for the event that is set to consolidate with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in the city next year.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Sunny, with a high near 40 degrees. Thursday ... Partly sunny, near 45. And Friday ... we could get some rain.. with a high near 48.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Sunny, with a high near 42. Thursday ... Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Friday ... Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 51.
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