Originally Posted Thursday, December 06, 2012

WFRN NEWS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 6, 2012

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NATIONAL/WORLD

WASHINGTON, D.C-- Pens are going up...People are busy getting same-sex marriage license applications in Washington. Same-sex marriage officially became legal this morning. The state made history last month as one of the three U.S states to extend marriage to same-sex couples by popular vote.
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WASHTINGTON-- Washington state also made history this morning for being the first in the nation, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The new marijuana law passed by voters last month. It removes criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce or less.
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FAITH

ARKANSAS-- Some kiddos missed out on a christmas show all because a group of atheists complained. A church in little Rock Arkansas was hosting a performance of "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown" where students were invited to see it. But the church canceled it after the atheist organization said students should not be exposed to a show with Christian themes as part of a school field trip.
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CALIFORNIA-- Sometimes you have to be creative. A group of Christian churches and individuals in California decided to make nativity characters come alive by dressing up as the historical figures. The people are doing this through December 23rd in response to a ban on Nativity scene displays at a public park.
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STATE/REGIONAL

INDIANA-- Governor-elect Mike Pence is touring the state today. Pence says he wants to thank you for the opportunity to serve as the state‘s 50th governor. He's stopping in South Bend and Fort Wayne today, and Evansville and Terre Haute on Friday. Pence‘s inauguration ceremony will be January 14th at at the Statehouse.
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INDIANA-- It's not necessary. The State Board of Education voted to allow Indiana school districts to hire teachers without teaching degrees. Outgoing state Superintendent, Tony Bennett, supports the changes. Bennett says the schools are not bound by these rules: "If school leaders want to hire ineffective teachers, they‘re accountable for that through our A-to F meansurements. At the end of the day, they‘re accountable." Supporters disagreed with claims that it could hurt teacher quality.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- It doesn't belong in a backpack. An Indianapolis teen faces expulsion after getting caught with a firearm in his bag at school. The 15-year-old freshman told authorities he was unaware the gun was in his bag. Officials say it belongs to his mother.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- A new high school will open in honor of a fallen Indianapolis officer. Indiana governors, the mayor and military generals gathered Wednesday night to remember officer David Moore. They agreed the new school will be to train the next generations in public safety. The city will provide the building..all school officials need to do now is look for a location. They hope to open it by 20-14.
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NORTHERN INDIANA/SOUTHWEST MI, (MICHIANA)

SOUTH BEND-- The University of Notre Dame has made a significant decision. They're creating an official organization for gay, lesbian and transgender students. The Catholic University says the goal is to provide support and services to those students while at the same time focusing on respect, compassion and sensitivity. You can find out more about the plan on Notre Dame's website.
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SOUTH BEND--A backyard chickens ordinance..that's what the South Bend City council talked about at a public hearing Wednesday night. Some people who support the measure said it's economical, but those against it said the noise would be a problem. The council will make the final decision on January 14th.
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NORTHCENTRAL INDIANA

CARMEL-- Dozens of Hamilton County businesses are mad at Duke Energy. 118 businesses in the Village of West Clay area of Carmel are upset by Duke‘s plan to shut down power for the bulk of the business day today. A Spokesman of Duke says crews will be replacing a piece of defective equipment.
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TERRE HAUTE-- A Vigo County School bus and pickup truck collided Wednesday morning. Three students were on board at the time, but were not injured. State police cited the bus driver, 60-year-old Michael Jones, for failure to yield the right of way.
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INDIANAPOLIS-- Police are asking for your help finding a man who is wanted for a series of thefts of diesel fuel. Norman Thomas is currently wanted for two counts of burglary and two counts of theft. Police say anyone with information on Thomas is asked to call Crime Stoppers.
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SPORTS

SOUTH BEND-- The awards keep rolling in.. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o won the Lombardi Award on Wednesday as college football's best linebacker. Te'o, has also won the Nagurski Butkus awards and is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
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SOUTH BEND-- But you can't forget the head coach. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year Wednesday. It comes after guiding the Irish to a 12-0 regular season record and chance in the BCS National Championship game. Kelly will receive the trophy tonight.
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WEST LAFAYETTE-- Purdue University has a new head football coach. Kent State's Darrell Hazell becomes the 35th football coach in school history. The 48-year-old says Purdue has granted him permission to coach Kent State in its bowl game, but Kent has yet to announce if they'll allow him to do so.
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WEATHER

South Bend / Elkhart / Goshen:
Today ... Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Friday ... Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Saturday ... Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Kokomo / Walton / Cass:
Today ... Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Friday ... Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Saturday ... Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.
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