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French Lick Resort confirms compromise to credit card payment system.

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WHAS 11 News on 1-27-15

FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WHAS11) – The French Lick Resort is warning the public they have learned of a possible compromise to their credit card payment system.

The resort says after a review and internal investigation, involving the services of an expert IT data security company, it was determined that sensitive information belonging to guests and visitors have been compromised.

Visitors to the resort who used a credit card between the dates of April 23, 2014 and January 21, 2015 may be affected by the theft.

It was through the investigation that malware was found to be introduced to the payment system. The threat has been addressed, according to the resort.

The resort said no credit cards used after January 21 were affected.

“Many members of the community, our employees and friends of the resort could be among the guests whose credit card information was compromised,” said Chris Leininger, chief operating officer of French Lick Resort. “We hope to contact anyone who could have been affected by this to ensure that they can act to protect themselves.”

Anyone who used a credit or debit card at the resort between April 23, 2014 and January 21, 2015 could be at risk. If you need to know what you should do next, call the resort at 877-664-3577.

United Way: Support 2-1-1

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Evansville Courier and Press on 1/25/15 by Carol Braden-Clarke

Every hour of every day, people need essential human services. In the 2015 State Legislative session, lawmakers will be considering HB 1010 authored by Representative Jud McMillan to provide $2 million in state funding for the Indiana 211 Partnership for funding the 2-1-1 Information and Referral service. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember number that connects individuals in need with state or local health and human service resources in their community. 2-1-1 addresses urgent needs or everyday concerns. When individuals, families, or communities do not know where to turn, 2-1-1 Information and Referral is there for them.

In 2004, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved the 2-1-1 number as the Human Service Information and Referral number. In 2005, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana First Call for Help service became part of the 2-1-1 Statewide Partnership. First Call for Help had been in operation since the 1980s and by becoming a 2-1-1 Call Center this increased the hours of operation to 24/7/365 allowing our community to have a reliable, consistent connection to community resources.

United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service connects callers to resources for help they need. In 2014, 626,000 people, nearly one out of 10 Hoosiers, contacted 2-1-1 for help. There are eight Call Centers in Indiana’s 2-1-1 Partnership. The Indiana 2-1-1 Partnership maintains a centralized database with over 20,000 resources. When a caller is looking for help, it can be overwhelming to find the service that can help. Our Information & Referral Specialist assess the caller’s needs and determine the most appropriate community resources. Additionally, I&R specialists are trained to determine whether a caller may be eligible for other programs, to intervene in crisis situations and to advocate on behalf of the caller, who may need additional assistance.

Indiana residents using 2-1-1 reported more than 700,000 needs and received nearly 1 million referrals to community resources. The top requests for help are utilities, housing, income support or assistance, food and health care. Seniors are the fastest growing age group in the country and in 2014 nearly one fourth of the callers to 2-1-1 were seniors 55 and older. In the last three years, calls from veterans have increased by 170 percent.

In Southwestern Indiana, the United Way 2-1-1 Call Center answered over 14,000 calls. The top request for help is for housing and shelter, followed by utility assistance and food resources. Like the rest of the state our local 2-1-1 Call Center has experienced a rise in calls from seniors. Call specialists report that callers often don’t realize the services they may qualify for or be aware of existing programs in the community.

During a disaster, 2-1-1 plays a vital role as a central point for information, not only for disaster survivors but also for individuals wanting to volunteer. During the 2005 tornado, 2-1-1 became the hub for information. When the Whirlpool plant closure was announced 2-1-1 played a critical role in the transition team to link workers to resources and to plan for the transition.

Without additional funding, this statewide service will not be sustained. We ask you to contact your state representatives and urge them to support funding for 2-1-1.

2 arrested after Clarksville traffic stop (man claims to have ‘probation marijuana’)

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News and Tribune on January 20, 2015 by Gary Popp

ClarksvilleCLARKSVILLE — Two Kentucky residents were arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 65 in Clarksville early Sunday morning, after a handgun and nearly a pound of synthetic marijuana were located in the vehicle.

The driver, Clifford Montgomery, 49, Bowling Green, has been preliminarily charged with possession of synthetic drug over 30 grams; possession of a handgun without a permit; and maintaining a common nuisance.

While Montgomery was being searched, the deputy noticed a bulge in his front pocket.  “Mr. Montgomery told the officer that the bulge was ‘probation marijuana…….



2015 State of the Judiciary – Indiana Courts: Working to Fulfill the Promise of Justice

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on 1/14/2015 by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush

imagesGovernor Pence, Lt. Governor Ellsperman, Members of the General Assembly:

What an honor it is for me to stand before you, the men and women of the Indiana General Assembly, in these historic chambers on behalf of my colleagues on the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Vaidik and our hard working Court of Appeals, and the heart and soul of the judicial branch—our trial court judges. It is on behalf of all of us that I offer you this address on the condition of Indiana’s courts.

In countless ways, the sound current state of our courts is attributable to former Chief Justice Brent Dickson—a man of integrity whose calm, civil and thoughtful approach was instrumental in leading our judiciary during the last several years—a period of much change. Please join me in showing our appreciation for Justice Dickson.

The “condition of the courts” is best understood within a context of purpose: Is our system of justice in Indiana working for the people and businesses it promises to serve? As our Indiana Constitution set forth almost 200 years ago, our courts must be open to every person for every injury—so that citizens’ conflicts, whether criminal or civil, are decided in an impartial forum, at an efficient price, with fair outcomes. Today you will hear several of those citizens’ stories that speak to this purpose.