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Posted on Dec. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

1. Man arrested in connection with homicide cold case

Travion Kirkland, 20, of Roseland, Ind., was arrested in connection with the April 2012 homicide of Jesse Bowen on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Kirkland was booked at the Elkhart County Jail under preliminary charges of murder. No court date had been set as of Tuesday night.

2. Elkhart County could see nine inches of snow by Thursday nightThe National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a winter weather advisory for much of southern Michigan and northern Indiana as several waves of snow move into the area.

The snow started Tuesday night, Dec. 31, and was expected to continue into Wednesday morning, Jan. 1. The second round of snow will likely occur late Wednesday afternoon and will last through the evening.

Officials advise drivers to remain cautious, as roads may become slick and hazardous.

3. Underaged driver injured, 12 year old killed in Cass County crash

A 12 year old is dead after a crash in which a 14 year old was identified as the driver. Brandon Burr, 14, and Adrian Chiquito, 12, were both from Niles, our news partner WNDU reported.

The boys were going east on Bertrand Street at a high speed when Burr lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Burr was taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend with critical injuries; Chiquito was pronounced dead at the scene.

4. Elkhart and Concord schools win $450,000 grant for professional development

Teachers at Elkhart and Concord schools will be learning to teach science in a hands on way after the school received a grant worth nearly half a million dollars to go towards professional training.

The $450,000 grant will pay for 40 elementary school teachers to do workshops, which will start this summer and continue every year for three years.

"What (teachers) are going to learn is, how do you teach inquiry?" Executive Director of Ethos Science Center and grant project director Patsy Boehler said. "The science we want them to teach is not from a textbook."

5. What's happening in Elkhart County in 2014?

If you're wondering what local events are in store for 2014, click here. The city will be considering a series of annexation proposals that could continue for several years, Elkhart Community Schools will ask the community to support a referendum and Monroe Street Trail will be completed, among other things.

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