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NEW ALBANY — Almost 500 pages of budget, expense and revenue reports covering the last 17 years of animal shelter operations were sent to the Floyd County Council this week by New Albany City Controller Linda Moeller.

This is the final installment, for now, on Indiana townships. Today’s question is: Could Indiana organize existing township services differently to provide higher quality benefits for citizens and lower costs to taxpayers?

Today’s Historical Treasure from the Vigo County Historical Museum is a set of ledgers from the Grand Opera House in Terre Haute, built at Seventh and Cherry Streets in 1897 by the owners of the Terre Haute House. From its opening and throughout its heyday, the Grand Opera House was managed by Theodore Barhydt, who came to Terre Haute after managing opera houses in other cities.

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Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported Thursday. Legal and political issues hang over the misdirected taxpayer funds, the latest example of errors in massive aid being dispensed at crisis speed.

Now that tax season is over, it’s probably a good time to evaluate some financial “best practices” for the rest of the year. A good spring-cleaning can clear out the clutter to let you see a clear path for your future. Social Security is always here to help. Even if you just started working, now is the time to start preparing for retirement. Achieving the dream of a secure, comfortable retirement is much easier with a strong financial plan.

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New law requires townships to explain budget surpluses

Indiana's system of township government is both inefficient and ineffective. Few have been able to mount a persuasive argument that it's not.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to an additional three and a half years of prison as she questioned his remorse and criticized him for his crimes and years of lies. The sentence i

Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn’t just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies.

Curtis Lyle has been handling and transporting corpses for the Vigo County Coroner's office since 2006. Yet Lyle said a reduction in a verbal agreement for his services in 2008 means he has lost out on $49,700. He requested an appropriation for that amount Friday before the Vigo County Council's budget adjustment committee.