5 things to know for your Saturday in Indiana

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Posted on Feb. 1, 2014 at 7:34 a.m.

1. Indiana sees number of flu deaths jump to 30

The number of flu deaths in Indiana is continuing to rise, health officials say. Eleven more people have died, bringing the total for this flu season up to 30 deaths.

According to The Indianapolis Star, about two-thirds of Indiana residents who have died of flu-related causes were between 25 and 64 years old, which isn't usually the demographic hardest hit by the illness. 

Though no flu deaths have been reported in Elkhart County, neighboring St. Joseph County has seen six this season.

2. White Pigeon woman will appear on The Biggest Loser to share weight loss story

Sheena York, of White Pigeon, Mich., will be appearing on The Biggest Loser's live season finale on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to share her inspirational weight loss story.

Since 2008, York has dropped her weight from 300 pounds to 145 pounds. Though she was not a contestant on the show, she will be interviewed by one of the show's trainers about achieving her weight loss goal. 

Click here to find out when and where to watch the show.

3. Gov. Pence wants 2014 vote on gay marriage ban

Gov. Mike Pence has asked state lawmakers to push a controversial proposed same-sex marriage amendment through the Senate so that voters have the opportunity to decide on the issue in November.

Pence also said he wants to see the civil unions ban restored to the proposal, which was removed when the House passed it earlier this week. 

4. Kelly not ready to name Everett Golson starting Notre Dame quarterback

Everett Golson may be back on Notre Dame's football team, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be able to retake his old spot as starting quarterback.

According to head coach Brian Kelly, it's too early to know who the Fighting Irish's quarterback will be – however, next year's hopefuls include Everett and Malik Zaire. 

Golson was put on academic suspension last fall, forcing him to leave the team until his grades improved.

5. Unemployment down, Ed Neufeldt's bracelets come off

Ed Neufeldt vowed to wear three green bracelets until unemployment rates fell below 7 percent. He told The Elkhart Truth in 2012, “I may be wearing them to my casket,” but on Thursday they came off.

“I thought that would never happen,” he said looking at the bracelets in his hand.

Read Neufeldt's story here.

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