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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 Dustin Grove (grove@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Dustin on Twitter | By Dustin Grove (grove@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Dustin on Twitter | November 14, 2011
Today, a stretch of land near Lincoln Way West and Ironwood along the St. Joseph River is home to IU South Bend's student housing complex. But somewhere in there, buried deep beneath the surface, lies what's left of a now 150-year-old tragedy. “Oh my gosh, it was terrible! It was a terrible accident,” said historian David Bainbridge with the Northern Indiana Center for History. “It was June 27th 1859,” he said, pointing to the original newspaper article published a few days later.
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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 Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | February 20, 2012
SOUTH BEND  - What if South Bend, named for the southern-most bend of the St. Joseph River, wasn't the fourth largest city in Indiana?  What if the University of Notre Dame and the RV capital of the world were technically in Michigan? And NASCAR drivers Ryan Newman and David Stremme, actress Vivica Fox and basketball star Skylar Diggins weren't from Indiana? Let's back up a bit, to something that happened nearly 200 years ago.  An historical marker near Johnson Road and U.S. 31 south of South Bend explains it all. The original state border for Michigan and Indiana were set in 1805, about 10 miles south of where it is today.  But when Indiana petitioned Congress for statehood in 1816, Territory Delegate Jonathan Jennings proposed that the Indiana line be moved north to its present location.
NEWS
December 10, 2010
As many of you may know, police arrested WSBT Chief Meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg and he was charged with two counts of false informing. WSBT takes great pride in reporting local news in a manner that is accurate, balanced and fair… even if it involves one of our own. We also strive to be as transparent as possible. As part of that process, here is a statement from Rick: “I need to address a situation that happened last week. As many of you know, I was arrested on two counts of false reporting.
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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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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.
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By Kristin Bien (kbien@wsbt.com) | August 26, 2011
LAPORTE COUNTY -- A harsh reminder that life can change in an instant: 17-year-old Lauren Pokuta of LaPorte County is fighting for her life after she was injured in a car accident. Right now she's in a vegetative state at a rehab hospital in Chicago but family and friends are hoping one day she will be Lauren again. Tonight, at New Prairie High School's football game, they are raising money to help her family with medical costs.   "For some reason, I just had an intuition.
SPORTS
By AL LESAR, Tribune Staff Writer | October 29, 2010
Take it from a guy who's been there - and then some. It's way too early to count Bob Diaco out. Legendary Iowa football coach Hayden Fry knows Diaco well. Fry was there when Diaco became his first Hawkeye ever to show up in a suit and tie for his first day on campus. He was there when, as a senior linebacker, Diaco was told his shoulder was injured too badly for him to play. Diaco played anyway, leading with his other shoulder. He was there to watch Diaco analyze and solve any defensive problem.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | WSBT TV | March 19, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Tuesday marked another crucial step into the investigation of a plane crash that killed two people and sent three others to the hospital. After crews strapped several pieces of that private jet to a crane that hoisted them onto a flat bed truck, a police escort led the truck from the scene on North Iowa Street in South Bend to a hangar at South Bend Regional Airport. Investigators will spend the next several days and weeks examining the plane inside that hangar to try and figure out what caused it to crash.
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By Kelli Stopczynski (kstopczynski@wsbt.com) | April 18, 2012
Friends and family of a South Bend native shot to death on a Kentucky Army base are searching for answers after she was found dead inside the home she shared with her husband. It appears to be an act of domestic violence, but military police have been tight-lipped about their investigation. Photos of a vibrant, spontaneous young woman are all Jessica Roberts Rawls' friends and family have. “She's a very, very intelligent, outgoing individual,” said Rawls' former step brother, Rain Williams.
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By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | By Colleen Ferreira (cferreira@wsbt.com), Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | March 21, 2013
NILES -  It's beef jerky, but it looks like some form of chewing tobacco - and it got four students suspended at Ring Lardner Middle School in Niles on Wednesday. One of those four suspended students suspended had chewing tobacco in this beef jerky tin. But the other three actually had the beef jerky in it. "I was confused why I got in trouble for this," eighth-grader Brenton Harrell said. Teriyaki beef jerky. It doesn't scream “suspension.” "It's ground up beef jerky you can put it in your lip or eat it," Harrel said.
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