Pence Says Tax Cut Not Dead, Hotel Workers Charged For Stealing IPad Mini & Indiana Ranks 42nd For Well-Being

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Pence Says Tax Cut Not Dead

Governor Mike Pence says his plan for a reduction in the state income tax isn’t dead yet. Pence says he was given a guarantee that an income tax cut is under consideration and will get a fair opportunity in the budget negotiations. Pence says he is disappointed that the House passed a budget Monday that included significant spending increases and no new tax relief for Hoosiers.

Hotel Workers Charged For Stealing IPad Mini

Two Omni Hotel workers accused of selling a guest’s iPad mini are facing felony charges. Police say Talia Keys stole the iPad while cleaning the woman’s room and Myron Jackson posted the ad on Craigslist. The woman that bought the iPad said she became suspicious that it was stolen when Jackson showed up at their meeting point wearing an Omni Hotel uniform.

Temporary Ban On Lottery Ticket Extended

The battle over a nine-and-a-half-million dollar lottery ticket continues. On Wednesday, a judge extended a temporary order that prevents the woman holding the ticket from collecting the prize. The Hoosier Lotto ticket was purchased by a group of hairstylists that pooled their money together, but a co-worker says she bought the ticket separately.

Indiana Ranks 42nd For Well-Being

Indiana ranks near the bottom when it comes to quality of life. An annual survey by Gallup-Healthways ranked the Hoosier state 42nd in overall well-being. For the study, one-thousand people were asked daily for a year about their emotional health, physical health, lifestyle behaviors, work environment, and access to basic necessities, like health care and food.

Unemployment Benefits Not Affected

Out of work Hoosiers collecting federally extended unemployment benefits will not be affected by Friday’s sequestration cuts. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development originally said benefits would be suspended on March 2nd because of the automatic spending cuts, but that decision was reversed Wednesday. That means about 32-thousand Hoosiers out of work for more than 26-weeks will still collect unemployment benefits.

Fire At St. John The Evangelist Was Arson

Wednesday’s fire at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was deliberately set. Investigators say someone set hymnals and a flag on fire just inside the church’s entryway. At 175-years-old, St. John’s is the oldest Catholic church in Indianapolis.

Water Levels Two-Inches Above Normal

Water levels may be back to normal, but it’s too early to know if Indiana will have another drought this summer. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the 2012 drought was so bad, farmers are still dealing with the fallout. Water levels are currently two-inches above normal because of the wet fall and winter.

Indiana On Most Depressed States List

Indiana is one of the most depressed states in the country. That’s according to “Health” magazine, who identified the ten states with the highest rates of depression and psychological distress. According to the study, a sluggish economy, high unemployment and massive budget shortfalls have impacted mental health care for Hoosiers.

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