“We are comforted to know definitively now that, as we suspected, very few clients had any of their personal information shared,” said Debra Minott, secretary of the FSSA. “Still, if one client’s information is unnecessarily disclosed, that’s one too many. We have received assurances from RCR that the appropriate steps have been taken to correct the original programming error and prevent anything like this from happening again. We will continue to scrutinize their performance very closely.”
FSSA will notify all of the clients of the findings of the report. It will send a letter to clients whose information was breached to let them know they will receive credit monitoring through RCR. FSSA will also send a letter to the vast majority of clients who were determined not to have been impacted by the breach to reassure them their information was not disclosed to anyone else. Lastly, FSSA will send letters to its clients who RCR identified as receiving other clients’ information with specific instructions on how to return the materials to FSSA if they are still in possession of it.
State officials say Indiana Governor Mike Pence and FSSA have directed RCR to put a corrective action plan in place that includes additional design and code reviews as well as increased performance testing.
Today's (Sat Aug 3) estimated Powerball jackpot increased from $290 milllion to $300 million as players flocked to stores nationwide to purchase tickets ahead of Saturday night's drawing. Hoosier Lottery retailers have sold a record 38 Powerball jackpot winning tickets over the years, more than any other state - and 11 more wins than the next closest state, Missouri. With the recent addition of California to the game, Powerball is now played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
From the Hoosier Lottery: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery income is contributed to the State and helps reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.
An amicus, or friend-of-the-court brief, co-authored by Indiana and Texas and joined by 21 other states asks the Supreme Court to overturn a US Court of Appeals ruling that prohibited legislative prayer at the start of a town council meeting in a town in New York. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says they're asking the high court to craft an unambiguous ruling that prayer is permitted before legislative bodies without requiring legislative leaders to screen prayers for sectarian references.
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“When the United States Supreme Court considers major constitutional issues facing our nation, it is essential that the states make their legal position known to the Court. We ask the Supreme Court to provide clarity so that uncertainty will not hinder the authority of our state Legislatures to make decisions,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. The Office of the Attorney General represents the State of Indiana before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts.
Friday's amicus brief notes that because various federal appeals courts have reached conflicting conclusions about the Supreme Court precedent on legislative prayer from 30 years ago, Marsh v. Chambers (1983), government officials at all levels typically are faced with costly litigation whether they decide to permit legislative prayer or not. The brief argues that if the Supreme Court issued a clear standard upholding the long tradition of legislative prayer as not violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, then it would enable governments to make informed decisions when such situations arise. On page 13, the brief states:
“The Court should reject the assumption that the content of private citizens’ prayers before legislative assemblies is attributable exclusively to the government. Such prayers, rather are expressions of private belief made in service to an elected body of citizens. Those present may participate or not, but each citizen’s mode of rendering this particular service to a governmental body may rightfully be accommodated.”
Drafted by Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher, the amicus brief filed today recounts the Indiana Attorney General’s defense of the Indiana House of Representatives in a 2005 lawsuit that challenged the practice of legislative prayer prior to sessions of the House. A federal district court had issued an injunction against House prayer, but that ruling later was overturned by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and legislative prayer prior to Indiana House sessions is currently permitted by the court.
Groups of states that are not litigants in a lawsuit routinely file amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court to make their legal positions known to the Court. Indiana routinely authors or co-authors amicus briefs that other states join -- and routinely joins briefs that other states author -- in support of the sovereignty of state government and separation of powers.
It is anticipated the U.S. Supreme Court will schedule oral argument in the Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway case sometime during its coming term which begins in October. In addition to Indiana and Texas, the amicus brief filed Friday was signed by a bipartisan group of state attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
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A 36 year old Valparaiso man charged with two-felony counts of attempted child molesting is claiming insanity. The Times reports Wayne Han II's attorney presented the notice on his behalf today in court, and that a hearing to review results of the evaluations will be held on September 27th. Han allegedly held a handgun to the head of a 13 year old girl, during the early morning hours of November 29th, and demanded sexual acts, while staying with the girl's mother at the time of the incident.
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Residents in many communities in the region this coming Tuesday will be getting together with their local law enforcement agencies for “National Night Out”, in an effort to promote community-police partnerships and get to know one another. During a recent Region News maker interview, Valparaiso Police Chief Michael Brickner stated the event is one of their favorite nights of the year and the Valparaiso portion of the event will take placefrom 6:30 to 9pm.
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Friday, August 2, 2013, Northwest Indiana. – Don’t forget! Don’t miss it! It’s awesome and it’s for a good cause! What is it you ask? – The Northwest Indiana House Raffle of course! And Tuesday, August 6th is last call for ticket buyers because there will be NO EXTENSION this year; the official drawing will take place on Friday, August 9th as originally scheduled and advertised.
The Northwest Indiana House Raffle organizers have announced that more than 4,000 tickets 4,000 tickets have been sold to date, the odds are truly in your favor – better than 1 in 80. With a few days left to purchase tickets, the minimum ticket sales goal of 4,100 will be reached. Ticket sales end Tuesday, August 6th at 9pm and the official drawing of 75 lucky winners will take place Friday, August 9th at 10am. “We’re pleased to have reached our minimum goal this year and we’re appreciative of all the support we’ve received so far,” said Mary Govert, Executive Director – St. Jude House. The 1 in 80 odds are based on a sales goal of 6,000 tickets; if less than the goal is reached, odds increase.
The grand prize winner may choose $225,000 cash or “The Baybridge” home located in Spring Run in Lowell, IN. The new home construction by Phillippe Builders is a two-story, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with a 2-car garage. “The Baybridge” is the ONLY home in this year’s House Raffle HOME TOUR and the only home the Grand Prize winner may choose. The home comes with an additional $50,100 in cash – for a value of $280,000 – the cash back is based on the home builder’s estimated home value. If the winner chooses the home, a formal appraisal of the home will be conducted to determine its value. The winner may also opt for the $225,000 cash prize. The Times Media Company sponsors the House Raffle Home Tour.
“The children, families, and seniors that we’re able to help through proceeds from the House Raffle are truly grateful. It’s a great fundraising event for a great cause,” said Phil Mallers, CEO – Crossroads YMCA. The NWI House Raffle benefits the YMCA – Southlake Branch and St. Jude House, located in Crown Point, IN. The fundraiser helps to support each organization’s services by providing assistance for hundreds of families in need throughout the community.
The House Raffle offers 75 cash prizes; and the grand prize winner may choose either “The Baybridge” home in Lowell or $225,000 cash. This year’s redistribution of cash prizes have been a draw for participants as organizers have created more larger cash prizes – the grand prize remains the same at $225,000, however, there are more $5,000 and $2,000 prizes and the lowest prizes are now $300 compared to the $175 prizes in past years. A complete list of the 75 cash prizes is available online www.nwihouseraffle.org.
Tickets are on sale for $150/ ticket and are available at the Southlake YMCA branch at 1450 S. Court, Crown Point and at the Hammond and Griffith Y branches through Tuesday, August 6th. For those looking to save on gas, tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling the NWI House Raffle Hotline 219. 663.5810/ toll free 888.663.5810. Ticket sales end Tuesday, August 6th at 9pm.
The official drawing on Friday, August 9th will take place at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point. All 75 winning tickets will be drawn by a blindfolded nun. The drawing is open to ticket buyers and the general public. To receive reminders and updates on the NWI House Raffle, the public is invited to join the House Raffle’s VIP Texting by texting to: 36000, and message: HRAFFLE. For more information visit www.nwihouseraffle.org or call 219.663.5810/ toll free 888.663.5810.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) joined with several of his Senate colleagues to introduce the No State Bailouts Resolution (S. Res. 215), which expresses opposition to federal bailouts of financially struggling states.
“This resolution should remind state governments that they are responsible for their state’s financial solvency,” said Coats. “The federal government should not be in the business of reconciling state budgets, especially when Washington can’t even manage its own 17 trillion dollar deficit. In Indiana we have balanced our budget by adopting the Hoosier model of living within our means.”
The resolution was introduced two weeks after the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy—the largest such filing in U.S. history. Although cities have a legal authority to absolve their debt by declaring bankruptcy, states do not.
The No State Bailout Resolution was introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Along with Coats, the bill is cosponsored by Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). A copy of the resolution can be found here.
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INDIANAPOLIS (August 2, 2013) - Saturday's estimated Powerball jackpot has been increased from $290 milllion to $300 million as of noon today. Multi-State Lottery Officials (MUSL) raised the jackpot estimate as players flocked to stores nationwide to purchase tickets ahead of Saturday night's drawing.
In Indiana, players have until 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday to purchase their shot at the jackpot.
Hoosier Lottery retailers have sold a record 38 Powerball jackpot winning tickets over the years. That's more than any other state - and 11 more wins than the next closest state, Missouri.
With the recent addition of California to the game, Powerball is now played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play. Gambling Addiction Referral Line: 800-994-8448.
ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY: Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. Each fiscal year, the Hoosier Lottery contributes $30 million to Police and Firefighters' Pensions, and $30 million to the Teacher's Retirement Fund. The remainder of Lottery income is contributed to the State and helps reduce excise taxes by 50 percent for every Hoosier vehicle owner.
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12 noon-- All lanes of westbound I-94 are closed near State Road 49 due to a mutli-vehicle crash. Motorists are asked to week alternate routes as you travel westbound on I-94 near mile 24.8.
11:45am CDT -- Indiana State Police and area fire crews are among those responding to a multi-vehicle crash with injuries on westbound Interstate 94 in the Chesterton area. The crash is near mile marker 25. As of shortly before noon, the center and right lanes of westbound 94 were blocked.
State environmental officials say there's a ways to go in improving the Region's air quality, but things are getting better, and are not as bad as some previous studies had suggested. "2005 National Air Toxics Assessment by the US EPA showed there was a lot of work to be done up in northwest Indiana,"said Indiana Department of Environmental Management Public Information Officer Dan Goldblatt, "so we took that information and we did a little more detailed study, from 2009 to 2011, and we put a lot more data points in and looked at some new modeling data that we had and found that things really are improving."
The IDEM study looked at data from Lake and Porter Counties. Goldblatt says most of the pollution in northwest Indiana is coming from mobile sources – cars and trucks – because of the interstates and the commerce that travels thru the Region. Vehicle emissions are being reduced, he said, and plants and factories implementing emission controls in the Region are making the air cleaner in this corner of the state. Findings from the Lakeshore Air Toxics study were presented to the NIRPC Environmental Committee this week.
To hear our interview with Dan Goldblatt visit News Audio on Demand here at our website.
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- Indiana Getting New Area Code
- LS Waits on Raising Ambulance Fees
- MC Transit Advisory
- Power Outages in Lake County
- Illiana Expwy Cost, Value Questioned
- Illinois Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Jan 1
- 5th Annual Superboat Race in Michigan City
- Governor Pence Offers Gary a Technical Response Team
- Bill to Disinter Vets Who Committed Fed or State Crimes
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