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  • Edge Adventure Parks locations in Noblesville, South Bend, and Crown Point, IN will be donating $1 from each ticket purchased for Saturday May 25 – Monday May 27 to the Disabled American Veterans organization. And ALL active military service members from all branches will be able to take a FREE 2 Hour aerial adventure over these same days.
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  • The Indiana Department of Revenue is advising Hoosiers to be leery of so-called tax preparers promising larger than expected tax refunds. This is often publicized by scam artists claiming to be legitimate tax preparers. These scammers use flyers, advertisements, phony store fronts and presentations to lure victims into using their services.

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  • The Indiana Department of Revenue, a national leader in fraud prevention, warns Hoosiers to be cautious when handling their personal and financial information during tax season.

    “Since 2014, Indiana has stopped more than $110 million in stolen identity refund fraud,” DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp said. “Our fraud prevention programs show continuous improvements with groundbreaking results, but our efforts are lost if individuals don’t protect their own information against fraudsters.”

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  • Prepare for severe weather

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to plan ahead for extreme weather as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 17-23.

    “Severe Weather Preparedness Week serves as a great reminder of the increased potential for thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding in Indiana during the spring and early summer,” said David Hosick, director of public affairs at IDHS. “We are hopeful Indiana is not heavily impacted by severe weather this spring, but taking the time in advance to plan, prepare and practice can help minimize weather-related deaths, injuries and property damage.”

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  • WEST LAFAYETTE – Pinpoint Pharma, a West Lafayette-based startup specializing in custom compounded medication for pets, announced plans today to scale its operations in Indiana to support the commercialization of its medicine-printing technology. Founded in 2016, the company has utilized several resources available to Indiana entrepreneurs, including the Purdue Foundry, gBETA program, Elevate Ventures and Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), to fuel its growth to date.
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  • March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross asks people to be a hero for families in Indiana by becoming a volunteer, learning lifesaving skills, giving blood or donating to #help1family on Red Cross Giving Day, March 27.
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  • The Better Business Bureau is putting out a warning about a scheme that is targeting car sellers. BBB has heard from sellers who had their vehicles posted online. They were each contacted by potential buyers, who asked the seller to purchase a vehicle history report at myvinverrification.com. as well as other websites. The buyers insisted that the report come from this specific website. In both cases, once the sellers purchased the $20 vehicle history report, the buyers lost interest in the vehicle and stopped communicating with the seller.
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  • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra invites audiences to join in on “A Whole New Summer” as a bold lineup and audience perks are announced for the 2019 summer season. Kroger Symphony on the Prairie is expanding to more than 30 concerts in its 38th year, and several new amenities will be available to patrons at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre.
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  • Indiana American Water is urging customers to secure homes and businesses against freezing pipes and to make sure snow is cleared from around fire hydrants so firefighters can locate and operate them quickly in an emergency.
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  • A new report from central Indiana realtors shows an increase in new listings, sales and prices for November.

    New listings went up 4.2 percent in November compared to the previous November, and a whopping 7 percent for the quarter. The median sales price rose 8.6 percent in November and 7.0 percent in the three-month review. The average sales price increased by 9.3 percent in November and 6.0 percent when comparing the three months ending in November. Closed sales increased 0.4 percent in November to 2,828.

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  • Congresswoman Brooks shares info on shutdown
    At midnight on Dec. 21, 2018, funding for the federal government expired. We are currently operating under what is called “a lapse in appropriations” – that is, a partial government shutdown, because we still need to fund for Fiscal Year 2019 the federal Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Commerce, and Justice.
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  • ‘Tis the season to safely decorate the home with winter holiday decorations. The State Fire Marshal reminds Hoosiers that unattended candles and Christmas trees placed too close to heat sources cause many home fires during the holiday season.

    “Following a few safety tips can help prevent decorating-related home fires that occur every year,” said State Fire Marshal James Greeson. “Learn about and stay aware of possible hazards that can make the holiday less than merry for you and your family.”

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  • With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Indiana Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service warn individuals to take extra steps to protect their tax and financial data from identity thieves while online shopping. The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal sensitive data and then quickly turn that stolen data into cash, either by draining financial accounts, charging credit cards, creating new accounts or even using stolen identities to file a fraudulent tax return for a refund.
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  • The Indiana Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service (warn of fraudulent e-mails impersonating either revenue agency encouraging individuals to open files corrupted with malware.

    These scam e-mails use tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open the attachments. The scam is particularly problematic for businesses or government agencies whose employees open the malware infected attachments, putting the entire network at risk. This software is complex and may take several months to remove.

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  • The Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers that the online “Secret Sister” gift exchange and similar invitations are illegal and should be ignored. The campaign, which was first big in 2015, has again been circulating on social media sites, in particular Facebook.
    The post claims that participants will receive up to 36 gifts in exchange for sending one gift valued at $10. Users are encouraged to invite others to participate in the holiday gift exchange, where they will receive information on where to mail gifts. 
    But there is one big problem with gift chains like “Secret Sister” – they are pyramid schemes.
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  • The Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to use Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Nov. 11-17, as a time for learning and household preparation.

    Power outages are a major concern during severe winter storms. Snow, ice, high winds and extreme cold conditions may cause above ground power lines to work irregularly or stop working. Winter Weather Preparedness Week provides a chance for Hoosiers to prepare and practice a household emergency plan for utility distractions.

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  • This weekend’s salute to soldiers has special meaning as we celebrate the Marine Corps’ birthday, Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the War to end all Wars. On Saturday, Nov. 10 we will mark the 243rd anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps. On Sunday, Nov. 11, we will celebrate the 99th Veterans’ Day, which was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I. The so-called Great War came to an end when an armistice was declared 100 years ago at 11 AM on the eleventh day in the eleventh month of 1918.
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  • After a warm start to fall, cooler temperatures are finally expected this weekend. Hoosiers using alternative heating methods to avoid the furnace a bit longer should exercise caution.

    “During the months of October through December, fire-related deaths increase because of alternative heating sources,” said State Fire Marshal James Greeson. “These heating sources are the leading cause of all home fires for the calendar year so sharing information about their dangers is vital.”

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  • INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain.

    Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on the day of his burial, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

    Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor him.

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  • According the 2018 College Completion Report released by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education today, more Hoosier students are graduating college than ever. In addition, on-time college completion rates are improving across all four and two-year public campuses statewide, and extended graduation rates are increasing at most Indiana public campuses.

    “It is encouraging to see Indiana’s significant progress in moving the needle on college completion,” said Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “These successes are a direct reflection of the hard work happening at public campuses across the state, as well as the support of the General Assembly.”

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