Category Archives: Inside Indiana

Indiana Is Getting Healthier

Indiana has not had a very good overall ranking in terms of the health of the people who live in that state. However, there was a little bit of good news based on the annual report that is published by the United Health Foundation. Indiana is now number 39 on the list of the healthiest states in the country. This might not sound very good. However, Indiana was ranked 41 on the same list in 2015.

 

There were individual categories in the report where Indiana showed a much greater improvement than it did on the overall rankings. For example, the state is now number seven in the country in terms of the disparity between the education of residents and their health status. This is an increase of 13 positions over where it ranked in 2015. Another good sign that people in Indiana are living healthier lives is the fact that the amount of smokers in the state went down by 2.3 percent. This means that Indiana now ranks number 39 in this category. It had been number 44 last year.

 

Despite the improvements on this year’s health report, Indiana still has a long way to go before it can be considered a truly healthy state. For example, smoking and obesity are still huge problems throughout the entire state. Indiana ranks in the bottom third in both of these categories. There are also far too many infant deaths in Indiana. Many of these can be directly connected to the poor health of the mother.

 

Indiana Home to One of the Country’s Top Airports:

For many people, air travel can be a hassle. But at one Indiana airport, the hassles seem to be few and far between. In a customer survey of airports released by J.D. Power, Indianapolis International was named one of the top medium to large-sized airports in the country. Your text to link…

 

The 2016 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey tabulated the responses from 36,000 air travelers, and IIA received the highest score among airports of similar size or larger, with 794 out of 1,000 points. Factors that went into the survey included the quality of terminal facilities, baggage claim, security checks, amenities, and food and beverage service. Indianapolis International was also noted for having an open design that prevents air travelers from being crowded when walking through the terminals.

 

This is one of many awards Indianapolis International Airport has received in 2016. It won its fourth consecutive Best Airport in North American Award from the Airports Council International, and was ranked second among U.S. domestic airports by Travel and Leisure Magazine. The airport was also named by TripAdvisor as a traveler’s choice for favorite medium-sized airport in the United States.

 

Rounding out the top five for top medium-sized airports in the survey are Buffalo Niagara International, Fort Myers/Southwest Florida International, Jacksonville International, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.

 

Butler Tops Indiana in Heated Game

The State of Indiana has always been considered one of the top basketball states in the country. Part of this allure is due to the fact that Indiana University often has one of the best teams in the country. While the Hoosiers are usually considered the top college basketball team in the State, a recent news article (http://wlfi.com/2016/12/18/no-18-butler-holds-off-late-comeback-to-beat-no-9-indiana/) points out that another school could now be considered the best basketball team in Indiana.

 

On Saturday, December 17, all college basketball fans were tuned in to the Indiana vs Butler game, which pitted two local rivals against each other. While both teams play in this game every year, this game was special as both teams were ranked among the top 20 teams in the country. Heading into the game Indiana was ranked number 9 in the country and Butler was number 18. Furthermore, both teams had already beaten some very good teams and were looking like they could go team in the national tournament in March.

 

While the Hoosiers were looking like they would win the game, the Butler Bulldogs ultimately won the game by a score of 83 to 78. While Butler was able to pull away late in the game, it was very tightly contested. The Hoosiers were led in the game by James Blackmon Jr, who ended up scoring 26 points. The Bulldogs ended up being led by Kelan Martin who scored 28 points and was able to score at will at times during the game against IU.

 

Entire Police Force Resigns to Take a Stand Against Corruption

While most of the country is in an uproar over the claims of widespread police misconduct, an incident in Bunker Hill, Indiana, that happened recently might just be enough to change people’s opinions of the boys in blue. After dealing with corruption from the town’s leadership for far too long, the entire police force turned in their resignations simultaneously.

 

The town’s marshal said that the board members had pushed him and the other officers to do things that were illegal and unethical to cover up their own questionable actions. The officers were asked to perform background checks and obtain personal information about people that the board members wanted to know more about without having reasonable cause or a warrant to perform the tasks. The marshal made it clear that neither he nor the other officers would take part in any of their ridiculous requests anymore.

 

After the marshal handed over all of their resignations, he was followed suit by the building commissioner of the town who said that the board members had done the same to him as well. The vice president of the board handed his resignation in shortly after that. So the town has been left in shambles from all of them leaving.

 

Since Bunker Hill no longer has a police force of its own, the county sheriff’s department has had to step in to cover the patrol of the area. So the town’s residents will remain safe until a new police force is hired. There has been no mention of an investigation into the legalities of the board member’s actions as of yet.

 

Help Save the Indianapolis Clock

If you are a clock lover or a person who feels that a prominent historical city landmark should be preserved, you might want to join in the campaign to save the bronze clock that is 80 years old located in downtown Indianapolis outside what had been the L.S. Ayres department store.

 

The beautiful clock was designed in 1936, is eight feet tall, is 29 feet above the ground, and weighs 10,000 pounds. For generations, people met under the clock to go on to dining or shopping as they saw the time from all four directions. The intersection of Meridian and Washington, where the clock is located, is “zero” and is what all addresses are based upon.

 

Smith’s Bell and Clock Service has been chosen to fix the clock, which will need a controller, new movements, one face replacement, and balanced hands. The repairs will cost $10,000, but Indiana Landmarks wants to also start a maintenance fund of another $10,000.

 

The deadline is November 7 to raise the needed $20,000 so that all four faces of the clock will display the correct time by November 23, the night before Thanksgiving. A bronze cherub comes to perch on the clock, a holiday tradition since 1947. The cherub keeps an eye on shoppers during the holiday season. The city, owner of the building, will expedite any needed permits to get the repairs done in time for the cherub’s arrival.

 

Anyone wanting to make a secure contribution can call 317-639-4534 or mail a check to Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46202.

New Gambling Regulations For Indiana

Several advocacy groups from a variety of industries have come together in Indiana to push for new legislation. Their interest lies primarily in making gambling terminals legal throughout the state. Built from the unusual alliance of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association and the Indiana Amusement and Music Operators Association, this new coalition hopes to bring in much needed revenue to the state. By making video gambling terminals legal, the advocacy group estimates that the state could make as much as roughly $167 million.

 

Of course, the advocacy group is quick to point out that these figures estimate only the revenue gained directly from the terminals themselves. For local businesses, there could be plenty of new opportunities to draw in business and capitalize on the legislative efforts. With these additional sources of income, Indiana could see a significant boost to its tourism and attract new visitors to the state.

 

In fact, Indiana has already seen a significant drop in business growth and tourism, thanks largely to the efforts of Illinois, where video gambling is already legal. In order to stay competitive, Indiana has little choice but to find some means of adapting to changing legislative standards.

 

As of right now, the proposed legislation would allow businesses to keep a cut of the proceeds from the terminals. Based off of the successes in Illinois, businesses we’re making roughly $60,000 from their share of the terminals. Again, this is discounting the positive effects of housing the terminals in the first place. When people go to a bar to play with the gambling terminal, it goes without saying that they’re also likely to purchase other things at the bar, including beverages. It’s also largely for this reason that the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association has felt the need to step in.

Indiana Early Voting Already Started

An article recently published by WHTR announces that early voting has begun in Indiana as of Wednesday, October 12th. To be able to participate in the early voting process, Indiana residents should appear at the county clerk’s office anytime between now and the day before the general election, November 7. The cutoff time is noon on that date to be able to get your early vote in. If you are not able to make it before then, you will still be able to vote in the general presidential election.

 

To be able to cast your presidential vote early, you must make sure that you have a valid government-issued photo ID. This could include your driver’s license. Absentee voting is also underway in Indiana at this point. The deadline to register to vote in this year’s election in Indiana was Tuesday, October 11th.

 

The Indiana government is expecting a huge surge of early voters this year. It is estimated that about 70,000 Indiana voters will vote before the actual election day. In Marion County specifically, there are concerns that there will not be enough workers employed to be able to count all of the early ballots cast in time for the general election. The reason for this concern is that there is a new law that requires all ballots cast in advance of the general election to be held until the actual election night and then counted on that evening at the Election Services Center.

 

In the past presidential elections, the votes could be counted a bit in advance, which meant that there was less of a scramble on the evening of the general election to have everything counted and verified in time. It is estimated that an additional 600 poll works are needed in Marion County alone to be able to have everything counted on election night. There is already an estimated 3,000 poll works ready to assist with the ballot count. For all votes, with the exception of those cast by residents with special needs, paper ballots are used and then scanned and entered into a system to be counted.

 

Tobin Surprised and “Embarrassed” at Promotion to Cardinal:

Bishop Joseph W. Tobin could not imagine why his name was all over social media recently. When he found out the reason, it came as a shock. Pope Francis had elevated the Archbishop of the Indianapolis Archdiocese to Cardinal, one of three American bishops to receive the honor. Tobin said his initial reaction was shock, and admitted he was, “A little embarrassed” at the promotion.

 

Tobin is one of 17 newly promoted cardinals from 14 countries, who will advise Pope Francis on a variety of church related issues. It also marks the first time a sitting archbishop of Indianapolis has been promoted to cardinal. Tobin said his role will not change too much. He will continue to serve as Indianapolis’s archbishop, though he added he may travel to Rome more often to meet with Pope Francis. Tobin said he plans to keep working with community and other local faith leaders to promote unity throughout Indianapolis.

 

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1952, Tobin was ordained a priest in 1978. He served as General Consultor of the Redemptorist Fathers in the 1990s and was also the Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer from 1997-2009. Tobin was named the Archbishop of Indianapolis in 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wisconsin’s Holy Redeemer College and masters degrees in religious education and divinity from New York’s Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary.

 

Tobin officially becomes a bishop on November 19th, 2016.

Trump Support Is Decreasing in Indiana

One of the states that the Donald Trump presidential campaign thought would be a lock is Indiana. It is not hard to understand why. Mike Pence is Trump’s running mate. He also happens to be the current governor of Indiana. However, recent polls would indicate that support for the Trump/Pence ticket is not as strong as people in the campaign hoped it would be. The election is a little more than three weeks away. Trump campaign officials were anticipating a huge separation from Hillary Clinton in Pence’s home state. However, that has not happened.

 

There has been much debate among political pundits as to why polls in Indiana indicate the Trump campaign is failing to gain momentum. Some Indiana voters claim that they feel ignored by Trump because the Republican nominee is spending a lot of his time campaigning in battleground states like Ohio and Florida. Other voters indicate that they do not like the fact that Trump and Pence are still clearly divided on a few of the key issues. They would prefer that the running mates be on the same page with the election looming.

 

There has been some discussion among people in the Trump campaign regarding what can be done to improve voter support in Indiana. There can be no question that it would be a devastating blow to Trump’s hopes of winning the election if he loses Indiana. It remains to be seen if the Trump campaign’s strategies to win Indiana will eventually pay off in November.