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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | May 18, 2012
The state of Indiana is about to make major changes to its child support laws, putting it in sync with most other states. Starting July 1, the age of emancipation will be 19 instead of 21. This means after the child turns 19 years old ... a parent no longer pays support, meaning a big change for families who not only pay ... but receive support. For people with one child ... they can just stop paying as of July 1. If child support payments are withheld from your paycheck, you will need court approval to have those stopped.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | November 8, 2010
Every year thousands of animals come through the doors of animal shelters – and, because of the out-of-control pet population, many end up with a death sentence. But there is a political debate going on in Michigan and around the country concerning the most humane way to euthanize – through lethal injection or the gas chamber. Karen King is on a mission. The Berrien County animal activist has been on the front lines working to get legislation passed to ban animal euthanasia by gas. "It is a shock, I mean, it is the secret in our backyard," King said.
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By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV | June 19, 2013
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY - Police have released the full details of a crime involving the treasurer of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation who was accused of stealing more than $100,000 in school money before committing suicide. On January 7, Sherri Adamson was found dead in a wooded area from a gunshot wound. In a just-released police report, Kosciusko County police say they learned of a possible theft/fraud case from Tippecanoe Valley High School on January 5. A Plymouth police officer said Adamson came to the Plymouth Police Department on December 30, 2012 to report her purse missing from Wal-Mart.
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By Rachel Lake (RLake@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | February 18, 2013
SOUTH BEND - A prostitution sting in South Bend leads to the arrest of three men. The sting took place late Saturday night and into the early morning hours. It involved the Street Crimes Unit going undercover and posting an ad for prostitution on a popular website. "No chit chat, so they're not just looking to have communication; they want to get down to business. They're trying to earn money, utilize the website for that, not for making friends," said Lt. Daniel Skibins with the South Bend Police Dept.
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By Bob Johnson | WSBT digital director | August 24, 2011
Imagine this: you're John Haferkamp, news director at WSBT-TV. You're proud of your station's historic position as the market's weather leader, and you work every day to improve the performance of your award-winning weather department. Then your two star meteorologists, Cari Peugeot and Abby Weppler, tell you - on almost successive days - that they're pregnant. That's right…both of them. And their due dates are within weeks of one another. What do you do?
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RYAN TRARES, Daily Journal | August 16, 2013
GATESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Among the dirt, gravel and stones dredged from the bottom of Salt Creek, an unmistakable sparkle shone through. A tiny flake of gold, no bigger than a speck, had risen to the top of the worthless rock. Prospectors swirled the collection of stones and water in their pans, trying to get a better look. Most had been looking for gold for years and knew the telltale glitter and the way gold moved in the water. Without years of experience, you'd never notice the flake.
NEWS
December 23, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University reported the second-highest number of hate crimes among the country's colleges last year, according to statistics compiled by the FBI. The seven alleged hate crimes reported on the West Lafayette campus in 2011 were the most among Indiana colleges, the Journal & Courier reported Sunday ( http://on.jconline.com/UVP9D1 ). So far in 2012, Purdue police have documented 12 hate crimes. The FBI report said five of the incidents reported at Purdue reflected racial bias and two were related to religion.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT TV | August 19, 2013
We all know about texting, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Ever heard of a “selfie?” That's a picture you take of yourself. It seems the apps and social media websites and slang that comes along with them are never ending. Onavo, a company that ranks the popularity of iPhone apps, put one called Snapchat at #9. According to the statistics, Snapchat has 18.9 of the market share. Twitter has 26.7 percent. It seems every teenager with a smartphone has at least heard about it. Many of them have downloaded it. Snapchat is a free app that lets users take pictures and record videos then send or “snap” them to someone else after setting a time limit for how long the other person can see it before it disappears.
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By Clifton French (cfrench@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Clifton on Twitter | W | February 13, 2012
Old cell phones in the wrong hands are causing problems for emergency dispatchers. That's because they can still call 911 even if they don't have service. The service can help people in need, but children playing with old phones are calling 911 and people are also using them to prank dispatch centers. At dispatch centers, normal cellphone calls show up with a number and general location, but on old phones, that valuable information is missing. "We have no idea who the person is, no idea where they are and we do not have a phone number to call back," said Tim Prugh with South Bend Police Department's 911 dispatch center.
SPORTS
By David McCoy (dmccoy@wsbt.com), Click here to follow David on Twitter | By David McCoy (dmccoy@wsbt.com), Click here to follow David on Twitter | July 3, 2012
DUNLAP -- The Summer Olympics are later this month in London. For those lucky enough to participate, getting there has required an incredible focus. A little girl in our area has used that same dream, and that same focus, to overcome an awful lot. "On the end of the beam, I imagine a dot," says 11-year-old Brooklyn Thrasher. "And I keep my eyes on it. " Brooklyn has an ability to focus that is well beyond her age. "She looks tiny," says her coach, Shela Abbott, "but she's very strong.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | December 21, 2010
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -- Indiana's Department of Education says more students are graduating from High School. The state public school graduation rate improved to 84.1 percent in the 2009-2010 school year -- that is up 2.6 percentage points over last year. Two years ago state superintendent Tony Bennett set a 90 percent graduation rate goal and at 84.1percent statewide this year, there is still work to be done. After falling way behind in school, Slade Fry was on track to being a 5th year high school student.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | October 31, 2011
As the possibility of snowy weather grows, so does the chance that you will get stuck in it. We've all been there, and depending on how well you drive, some more than others. Even if you have never wound up in a snowy ditch you have probably tried to help someone who did. "Keep your wheels straight is one tip," says Lee Deadmond of South Bend.   "Rock it back and forth as best you can and push with all your might. And get help," says John Entstrasser of South Bend.
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