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By Darla Hernandez (dhernandez@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | July 12, 2013
While chaos and confusion continue over the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, one local industry is booming here in Michiana.  Any way you look at it, the Affordable Care Act is a big deal for area businesses like Jay Wilkinson, CEO of People Link.  The recent announcement that portions of the bill are being delayed is creating confusion. "If I hire someone today, what will that look in 2014, so they are less apt to hire full time employees because of the unknown," said Specialized Staffing Solutions President Jacqueline Barton said.
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WSBT-TV Report | June 28, 2013
Several communities across Michiana are offering public fireworks displays during July 4th week. Here is a list of many of the displays:   INDIANA Bremen: Sunnyside Park - July 4 (At dusk) Elkhart: Rice Field - July 3 (Gates open at 7 p.m.) Goshen: Black Squirrel Golf Club - July 7 (Event starts at 6 p.m.) Lakeville: Newton Park - July 4 (Concert starts at 6 p.m.) LaPorte: LaPorte County Fairgrounds - July 4 (6-10 p.m. CST)
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By BOB BLAKE | South Bend Tribune | June 12, 2013
SOUTH BEND -- Despite a lot of bravado in the buildup to storms across the Michiana area on Wednesday, the storms themselves were largely anticlimatic. A widespread, damaging derecho did not materialize as of late Wednesday. That's not to say the storms packed no punch. A pair of buildings in downtown Mishawaka were damaged from Wednesday night's storms, according to a WSBT-TV photographer at the scene. The station reported a brick facade fell off a building at Main and Eighth streets, while at Main and Mishawaka Avenue part of a building's roof collapsed.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | June 11, 2013
Lawmakers have been talking about immigration reform for a long time, but now they say they're ready to consider actually voting on some big changes -- which could affect businesses and workers in Michiana. “It's very significant that the Senate is beginning to discuss this. They've been moving this legislation really very, very fast,” said Allert Brown-Gort, a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame. In a first vote on the issue, the U.S. Senate advanced a landmark bill, Tuesday, which would offer citizenship to millions and strengthen the borders.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | May 29, 2013
Some tough new state regulations for child care providers are about to take effect. They apply to any child care provider that accepts federal child care dollars, whether it's a day care, church, school, or home. Starting in July, those providers must conduct national background checks on new staff and volunteers. Providers have another year to conduct checks on existing employees. The background checks include fingerprinting of employees. There are also new safety and sanitation standards, like keeping medicine out of kids' reach.
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By Ted Land (tland@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | WSBT-TV | May 24, 2013
More than a dozen Red Cross volunteers from Michiana will board planes this weekend and head to Oklahoma, where so many families have been displaced after the devastating tornado that hit earlier this week. It's exactly the kind of relief work the specialists have trained for, and some of them started preparing moments after the tornado passed. “You go and pack because you know you're going to get the call to go,” said Diana Udell, a Granger nurse who volunteers for the American Red Cross.
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By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | May 23, 2013
Two Michiana women were moved to help set up a stuff a truck donation in Mishawaka. They recruited Notre Dame students to help and for one volunteer, it was very personal. Sarah Smith is more than a volunteer collecting donations for tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. She's actually from Oklahoma City, about twenty miles north of Moore. Smith was visiting family when the tornado struck. "And we're on our way home and the sirens were going off in OK city, so we rushed home to seek shelter and turn on the t.v. and saw the twister come out of the air and onto the ground and it just kept getting bigger and bigger," Smith said.
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By Matt Rudkin (mrudkin@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | May 21, 2013
The past several days have been extremely violent in the plains and parts of the Midwest.  Many are wondering -- can we expect severe weather as extreme as what we've seen out west? For those of us who have lived here for several years, we have all heard of the Palm Sunday tornadoes or the super outbreak of 1974.  These tornadoes brought massive destruction to our area, but it's been nearly 40 years since we've seen a twister that strong.  So, how often do we see tornadoes, in general?
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By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | By Rachel Lake (rlake@wsbt.com), Click here to friend Rachel on Facebook | May 18, 2013
Masses of people all over the country flocking to stores hoping to get their hands on tonight's winning powerball lottery ticket. Some in California waited in line up to three hours to buy tickets. Saturday night's $600 million dollar jackpot is the largest in the game's history. The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52. The Powerball was 11. One clerk at a Mishawaka gas station told me today that 70% of her customers have bought Powerball tickets this week. "You don't play, you don't win," said Kayla Snelling.
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By Rachel Lake (RLake@wsbt.com) | WSBT-TV | May 1, 2013
Property tax payments are due May 10 and some property owners are crying foul because they think their assessments are too high. One man says the property tax bills for three of his rental properties increased $700 or more from last year. Jerry Ivacic enjoys showing off his rental homes, but that joy quickly disappeared when he opened his property assessment bill this year. "I'm gonna head to the bar and take care of some of these problems by drinking it away," Ivacic said.
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