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Gigantic jackpots benefit all 92 counties; helped generate $714 million for Indiana in 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) - Friday the 13th could be lucky for someone in the Hoosier state! It is a lucky day for the Hoosier Lottery, which sold its first ticket on a Friday the 13th (in October 1989).
If a lucky Hoosier were to hit the $400 million jackpot on Friday the 13th, he or she would lay claim to more money than anybody has ever won in Indiana - and the second biggest Mega Millions jackpot EVER!
Hoosiers who want to try their luck at Friday night's gigantic jackpot - but aren't sure how to play or purchase - simply need to ask for the game by name at the service desk or checkout counter wherever they buy gas or groceries!
Mega Millions tickets cost just $1! Even though Mega Millions is a multi-state game, profits from the sale of Mega Millions in Indiana stay in Indiana.
Convention elects 20 vice presidents to serve on executive board
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TERRE HAUTE, IN - Following a vote of delegates to its state convention, the Indiana State AFL-CIO announced today that Brett Voorhies has been elected as the organization’s new president and Joe Breedlove has been re-elected as its secretary-treasurer.
The Indiana State AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) is a federation of 800 local unions across the state belonging to 50 International Unions. In total, the Indiana State AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Hoosiers. The federation holds conventions every two years to set policy and every four years to elect new officers.
“As someone who grew up in this movement and spent my entire career working on its behalf, I’m humbled to be given this responsibility by my union brothers and sisters,” said Voorhies, a member of the United Steelworkers Union. “I look forward to working with Secretary-Treasurer Breedlove, our affiliates and each and every one of our members to find new ways to strengthen this federation and to grow the voice of working people across this state.”
By Rex Bell
I’m no stranger to advice. Like most people, I’ve received a good bit of it in my lifetime, sometimes solicited and sometimes not. And like most people, I’ve also given it in both manners. I suppose that also like most people, I’ve rejected some good advice and accepted some bad advice along the way.
In my younger days, I’d have to say that life was usually easier, even if it wasn’t always as much fun, when I took the good advice, but the lessons learned from taking the bad advice seemed to stay with me a little longer. It also seemed to make a difference if I considered who gave me the advice in the first place. Most of the advice my parents gave me could have been considered sound, but looking back, much of the advice I took from my old buddy Stinky Wilmont resulted in one of those not so enjoyable life lessons.
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (OPINION) - Governor Mike Pence penned the following op-ed regarding his vision for education in Indiana recently.
Indiana’s students and schools have made great progress in recent years. According to the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Indiana is improvingat the second-fastest rate of any state in the country. We owe this progress to the hard work of our students, teachers, and the parents and school reformers everywhere who have insisted that we hold ourselves to high standards.
To continue this momentum, in the last legislative session we increased funding for schools, created new performance funding for teachers who get results in the classroom, and extended high-quality school options to more children.
I am especially proud that Indiana is taking the lead in making career and vocational education a priority in every high school in our state. At this moment, 11 Regional Works Councils made up of educators and business leaders are working to design new career and vocational curriculums that are relevant to the jobs in their communities. The legislation that established this effort and our new Career Council passed the General Assembly unanimously.
Popular search engine to pay Indiana more than $354,570
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (NEWS) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a multistate settlement agreement today with Google Inc. for allegedly overriding Safari’s internet browser security settings to collect valuable user information.
Through its DoubleClick advertising platform, Google generates revenue by facilitating the transmission of third-party cookies -- small files set in Internet users’ Web browsers that allow third-party advertisers to gather information about those users, including, depending on the type of cookie, their Web surfing habits.
Zoeller along with the Attorneys General of 36 States and the District of Columbia accused Google of circumventing the privacy settings which would have blocked all third party cookies. Zoeller said the company’s actions were in violation of state consumer protection and related computer privacy laws.
By Brian Howey
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – With the constitutional marriage amendment looming just over the horizon, the Indiana Republican Party is hardly one happy family living in a big tent.
Multiple sources are telling me that a distinct majority of the Indiana Republican Central Committee opposes HJR-6, the resolution that would place the marriage constitutional question on the November 2014 ballot. That amendment would make marriage between “one man and one woman.” But the second sentence - – “Provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized” – essentially would make civil unions impossible.
There’s this pesky 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
By Rex Bell
When I was growing up in Millville, telephones were connected to wires in the living room, and you only used them if you needed to talk to someone, or kill a big spider. Indoor games consisted of folded cardboard, some cards, and a few pieces of pot metal or plastic. Absent of much store bought equipment, we mostly made up our outside games and entertainment as we went along. I don’t think it took quite as much to amuse us back then.
My brothers and I spent a lot of time down at the creek, catching minnows, crawdads, and snakes. It seemed like a lot of fun then. It doesn’t sound so inviting now.
Sometimes, one our sisters would want to tag along, and since we could always use an extra set of hands on the homemade gunny-sack seine, or an extra set of feet driving the quarry into it, we graciously consented.
By Brian Howey
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (OPINION) - On the morning of Oct. 16 - with the United States government shuttered three weeks and just hours away from the first federal default in history - U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was incredulous.
Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said of Obamacare, “Well everybody understands that we’ll not be able to repeal this law until 2017. We have to win the Senate and win the White House. Right now it is clear that this bill is not ready for prime time. It is clear the bill is unfair.”
It was Heritage Foundation, headed by former senator Jim DeMint, and the Heritage Action PAC that had fanned the flames of the Obamacare defund movement that found ardent disciples in Indiana U.S. Reps. Marlin Stutzman, Todd Rokita and Jackie Walorski. On the brink of the vote, Needham had revealed just how cynical, stupid and reckless things had become in Washington.
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WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS) - Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today sent a letter outlining his priorities in the 2013 farm bill conference to leaders of the conference committee, emphasizing issues of importance to Hoosiers.
Donnelly wrote, “My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and help create Hoosier jobs. The importance of agriculture to those priorities is nearly impossible to overstate. In my home state of Indiana, around 150,000 people are employed in well-paying agricultural jobs and use their hard work and ingenuity to contribute over $30 billion in economic activity each year… For these hardworking individuals, it is past time for Congress to pass a five-year farm bill.”
Donnelly urged the conference committee to provide a basic level of crop insurance coverage for advanced biofuel crops. Donnelly authored this amendment, adopted during the Senate consideration of the farm bill. He also advocated strongly to the conference committee that they provide full, mandatory funding for bioenergy programs, so Indiana farmers can continue to improve their ability to produce biofuels that improve our energy security.
By Katelynn Thys
ELWOOD, INDIANA (NEWS) - Elwood Indiana Mayor Ron Arnold said he has used the relationships he made while being campaign manager for Governor Mike Pence to help aid and improve the city in the 21-months he has been in office. According to Al Jordan, The Computer Dude, the mayor has grown the reserve fund $1.2 million.
After spending 10-years with Governor Pence, Mayor Arnold moved back to Elwood and started a consulting business. Upon his arrival to the city he began to look for someone to run for mayor.
“I wanted to help more of the good guys elected so I went to look for them,” Mayor Arnold said. “Somehow the conversation always got turned back to me, so I ended up running in 2011, which is something I never thought I would do. “