Weather experts say heavy rains expected to start Friday night could cause flooding across Michiana. 

Three to five inches of rainfall is expected over the weekend with most falling late Friday night and Saturday.

Indiana FBI Focuses On Election Security

Jan 10, 2020
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Indiana Federal Bureau of Investigation officials spoke with media about 2020 election security Thursday and say it is a top priority.

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When the city of East Chicago decided to tear down the West Calumet Public Housing Complex at the beginning of the lead crisis, the city told its residents that hopefully they would be able to put housing there again someday. If the mayor’s new plans go through — that likely won’t happen. 

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Indiana House Republicans rejected all of Democrats’ attempts Thursday to change how the state will use its extra state surplus money.

The state collected nearly $300 million more last year than expected. Republicans plan to use it to pay cash for higher education building projects that were approved in the last budget.

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A 26-year-old man in South Bend has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend by stabbing her 105 times.

Marshun Lloyd had been sending his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Starr, threatening text messages after she took out a no-contact order against him. Starr was found dead in her home on March 10. Her autopsy showed she died of multiple stab wounds.

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Lawmakers have proposed a measure to create a curriculum for high schoolers to explore careers in energy and utilities. The Senate Committee on Education and Career Development discussed the bill Wednesday.

At the hearing, Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) said the bill would create a talent pipeline for unfilled jobs in electricity, natural gas, water, communications and wastewater.

“I’ve become aware of a serious issue and that is a workforce shortage,” Koch says.

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A contest to name a rare endangered black rhino calf in Michigan is over. The rhino born over the holidays at the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing has been named Jaali. The voting ended at midnight on January 8th. 

The birth of the calf marked the first time in the 100 year history of the zoo that such a creature was born there. Jaali was born on Christmas Eve of 2019. Jaali was born to a rhino named Doppsee. This was Doppsee's first pregnancy.

The zoo has released the following additional information: 

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An Automotive parts company in Goshen is one step closer to getting a tax abatement to help with a $26 million expansion. 

Benteler Automotive is an Austrian company with a plant in Goshen. It makes parts for car manufacturers like Ford, Honda, and Toyota.

Buttigieg Nets First Black Congressional Backer

Jan 9, 2020
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has netted an endorsement from Rep. Anthony Brown of Maryland, the first black member of Congress to throw his support to the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

The endorsement is significant for Buttigieg, who has been criticized within the party for his scant support among African Americans. 

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A House committee easily approved legislation Wednesday to raise the age to smoke and vape from 18 to 21.

But despite the bill’s widespread support, not everyone who testified likes every provision.

The bill imposes penalties on retailers who sell smoking or vaping products to anyone under 21. But it eliminates existing fines for anyone underage from possessing those products.

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Since ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility spilled cyanide and ammonia into a Lake Michigan waterway in August, the state has required the plant to send daily test results to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Now the agency says the company has been distorting those results. 

George Perles, Longtime Michigan State Coach, Dies At 85

Jan 8, 2020
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Longtime Michigan State football coach George Perles has died at the age of 85.

Perles coached the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory in 1988 after helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowls as an defensive assistant.

Perles played football at Michigan State and later was an assistant, head coach, athletic director and member of the school’s governing body.

He won Big Ten titles in 1987 and 1990 as coach and guided the school to seven bowls.

Michigan Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Phones In Courts

Jan 8, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court says the public can bring laptops, tablets and phones into local courthouses.

The court announced the groundbreaking policy change Wednesday.

The new rule covers the use of electronic devices in courtrooms and clerk's offices, where public documents are stored. 

The public can bring electronic devices into courtrooms to take notes, use the internet or exchange email and text messages.  

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An estimated 6 percent of Americans suffer from Seasonal Depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some people in Elkhart attempted to combat the symptoms with a walk through the botanic gardens Wednesday morning.

 For most people, the snow and cold weather are enough to keep them indoors. But for Melissa Kinsey, this weather has the opposite effect.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old Indiana boy has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of a schoolmate who was pregnant with his child.

A Joseph Superior Court judge sentenced Aaron Trejo on Tuesday to 55 years for murder and 10 years for feticide.

Trejo pleaded guilty in October to killing Breana Rouhselang in 2018.

Prosecutors said Trejo told officers he killed her because she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant that it was too late to get an abortion.