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INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2019) – 2019 is a municipal election year in Indiana. Are you registered to vote? If you want to have your say in the primary election, you must register in the next few days.

Hoosiers must register by April 8th to be able to vote in the May 7th primary election. Most cities and towns in Indiana will cast votes for mayor, council, and city ballot questions.

Citizens can register to vote online by using the Indiana Voters app or by visiting IndianaVoters.com, and can submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk's office.

The Indiana Voters app also allows Hoosiers to confirm their voter registration, look up their polling place, get driving directions to their polling location, find out who's on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials.

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Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. will pay $575 million to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws. As part of a settlement involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Indiana will receive $5.2 million.

Specifically, the settlement resolves claims that Wells Fargo:

• opened millions of unauthorized accounts and enrolled customers into online banking services without their knowledge or consent;
• improperly referred customers for enrollment in third-party renters and life insurance policies;
• improperly charged auto loan customers for force-placed and unnecessary collateral protection insurance;
• failed to ensure that customers received refunds of unearned premiums on certain optional auto finance products; and
• incorrectly charged customers for mortgage rate lock extension fees.

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STATEHOUSE (Dec. 6, 2018) — State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) was recently selected to serve on three House committees, including the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

He was also assigned to the House Public Health Committee, and the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee.

“Committees play an integral role in the legislative process and provide a forum for members of the public and industry professionals to offer input on potential new laws,” Manning said. “With my experience as a farmer and county council member, I can provide insight on how we could help strengthen local infrastructure, especially in rural communities, and support Indiana’s agriculture industry.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warn of fraudulent emails impersonating either revenue agency encouraging individuals to open files corrupted with malware.

These scam emails 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.

This well-known malware, known as Emotet, generally poses as specific banks or financial institutions to trick individuals into opening infected documents. It has been described as one of the most costly and destructive malware to date.

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Indianapolis – The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free and impartial counseling program for people with Medicare. SHIP is provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance and Administration on Community Living. SHIP is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state.

All of SHIP’s services are offered at no charge to consumers. SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company or agency and does not sell insurance. SHIP is staffed by a crew of volunteer counselors who have completed intensive training to offer Medicare beneficiaries objective assistance in complete confidence.

With more than 100 SHIP sites throughout the state of Indiana, a SHIP counselor is never far away from those who need assistance. SHIP offers numerous events and presentations throughout the state of Indiana to assist Medicare beneficiaries. During open enrollment, some of these events include assistance using the online Planfinder Tool that allows beneficiaries to compare prescription drug plans and Medigap policies based on their specific needs. A listing of SHIP events can be found at www.Medicare.in.gov.


Indianapolis, IN - As the election approaches, the Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers that campaign signs are prohibited from state right-of-way according to Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. INDOT personnel are required by state law to remove all unauthorized signs within the state right-of-way.

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Indianapolis, IN - Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which companies send consumers unsolicited credit cards, often touting high credit limits. Consumers should never activate cards they have not requested nor provide personal information to entities sending such cards.

This warning comes after an Indianapolis man recently filed a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General reporting that employees of his business received unsolicited credit cards from an entity calling itself Connector Capital, purportedly based in Los Angeles. The information on the credit cards included the name of the business for which the recipients worked. The entity that sent the card has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

“Hoosiers need to know that, under the federal Truth in Lending Act, it is illegal to send unsolicited credit cards to consumers,” Attorney General Hill said. “If you receive a credit card you have not requested, first cut it up and then file a consumer complaint with our office.”

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2018) – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today that the Indiana State Department of Agriculture distributed $300,000 to 11 regional food banks. These funds will be used to provide food assistance and services to Hoosiers in need.

“Food banks across our state are doing truly extraordinary things for those who may need assistance in feeding their families,” Crouch said. “I’ve had the privilege of visiting food banks in Indiana and have witnessed the incredible impact they are making in people’s lives.”

According to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, the state’s food bank association, 1 in 7 Indiana residents is food insecure. Additionally, more than 280,000 children in Indiana don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of FIsH, believes this funding will provide additional nutritious food options for these food bank clients.