Divided by trade

first_imgOne look at remarks from the presidential candidates and it’s clear that their attitudes on trade deals are less than favorable.Donald Trump argues that foreign trade agreements increase corporate wealth at the expense of the blue-collar worker. Bernie Sanders’ website states that multinational corporations “have benefited greatly?while millions of American jobs have been shipped overseas.” Even Hillary Clinton has retuned her message on trade in recent weeks, backing away from previous support for the multilateral trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Those stances, pundits and politicians argue, reflect voter attitudes. But just exactly how have those attitudes taken shape? According to research by political psychologist Diana C. Mutz, Americans’ views on trade are connected to their sense of compatriotism and a strong “us-versus-them” mentality.In analyzing results of a national survey, Mutz and her colleagues found that views on trade were less affected by party affiliation and job security than you might expect. Instead, she said, “very consistently, measures of domestic racism predict trade preferences. Higher prejudice levels are linked to anti-trade views.”“What these things have in common,” said Mutz, “is a tendency to divide the world into us and them; a tendency to think of the world in terms of in groups and out groups.”Mutz, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a current Guggenheim Fellow, presented her research Tuesday at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences. The talk was the first in a new series that will bring scholars and experts to Radcliffe to discuss topics across the arts and sciences.While the vast majority of economists think trade is a win both for the United States and its partners, Americans overwhelmingly see it as harmful at home but beneficial to other countries.In an effort to unravel that view, Mutz and her colleagues asked 3,000 people how much they would support a particular trade policy based on who won and who lost. In one set of conditions, the United States gained and the trading partner lost. In another scenario, the United States lost and the trading partner gained. In the third iteration, both parties gained.Predictably, most Americans favored the policy that benefited the United States over the trading partner. What was surprising, Mutz said, was the finding that “no amount of trading-partner gain will compel Americans to support trade in the absence of the gains for the U.S. itself.”“The bottom line from this first finding,” she added, “is that putting Americans first is a highly acceptable form of in group favoritism.”Additionally, Mutz found that the tendency to see trade as a form of competition renders even a win-win trading scenario unacceptable to many Americans. That mindset, said Mutz, “lends itself really easily to this inter-group competition way of viewing the world where we’re only happy if we can beat the other guy.”How does media coverage affect people’s trade attitudes? Mutz suggested that the harms of globalization and trade are “easy to report on,” versus stories about job gains, which are often covered in more abstract terms. Past research suggests that people are better able to relate to the plight of one person versus thousands, said Mutz, and that “negative consequences are a lot easier to visualize than positive ones.”Survey comments back her hypothesis. People often reported that they pictured one jobless person far more vividly than “the large collective.”The heightened relevance of her findings is not lost on Mutz. Factors driving support for Trump, she said, include measures of racial prejudice, anti-immigration views, and high levels of social dominance orientation — belief in social hierarchies.“The need to win, win, win, and dominate others and be the best and the top and first and so forth, all of those kinds of things, and those reasons for favoring him, are part of the same complex of attitudes and ways of viewing the world.”last_img read more

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Gear: Car Camping Essentials

first_imgWhat’s not to love about car camping? All the comforts of home rolled out into the woods, plus your favorite gadgets and techy tools to boot? You get breathtaking views, all the fresh air you want, and if the weather turns or things get weird, you’re only a car ride away from a Denny’s or Motel 6. And for most of us, car camping brings back all the child hood memories of camping with the family – both good and bad.According to the Outdoor Industry Association, of the 43 million people who camped last year, 38 million of those were car, RV, or backyard camping, and manufacturers are taking notice of this fact.When I’m heading out for a weekend of climbing or paddling, car camping frees me to focus on the gear and preparedness for my sport, not my camping gear. With that, here are a few Blue Ridge Outdoors picks for some must-have car camping favorites.Grand TrunkFounded in 2002, Grand Trunk is making a splash in the travel market with its outdoorsy accessories, including an awesome new hooded travel pillow, a packable travel blanket (also ideal for picnics), handy utility pouches, and its popular hammocks — new this summer is a very cozy double hammock in updated prints, perfect for wet and uneven camping environments. The Parachute Nylon Double Hammock ($64.99) is 10.5 by 6.5 feet and holds up to 400 pounds. Material is stretchy and mildew resistant with triple stitched seams; rope and nautical-grade hanging biners included. www.GrandTrunkGoods.comBlack DiamondWhen it comes to lighting up your campsite – and digging through your vehicle looking for your wine bottle opener – you really don’t want to take any chances, which is why I recommend one of the most dependable and reliable outdoor brands in the world for your lighting needs, despite there being so many great options available. The BD Voyager ($39.95) lantern is simple, durable and serves the dual function of non-glaring camp lantern and flashlight, perfect for late night trips to the cooler or the latrine. For personal lighting, choose one of the new BD headlamps with PowerTap Technology for super easy brightness adjustments with just the tap of a finger. The proximity mode on the new Spot Headlamp ($39.95) is awesome for reading in your tent, cooking, etc., while 130 lumens are still available when the dog runs off and you need some real candlepower to find him. For ten dollars more, the Storm is the fully waterproof version. www.blackdiamondequipment.comKeltyWhen it comes to comfort camping, few brands do it all quite as right as Kelty, from tents to packs, pads, coolers, lanterns, sleeping bags and camp furniture. Before your next outing, I suggest adding the folding Basecamp Kitchen ($184.95) to the car camping kit. It provides wind-protected surface area for food prep, cooking and playing cards after dinner if you like. Durable aluminum can handle up to 100 pounds and collapses into its carry sack at 8 by 32 inches. A fabric panty holds drygoods and pots and pans and it’s a cinch to accessorize. www.kelty.comSlumberjackSlumberjack is another one of those classic family camping brands, still offering great value and comfort. For sleeping in comfort outdoors, the inflatable mattress is the go-to solution, perfect for unruly mother-in-laws or others insisting on a slight upgrade from the cold hard ground. The Slumberjack Haymaker inflatable bed is made for use outdoors and even has a soft flocked top and comes with a battery powered pump (twin $59.95; queen $69.95). Throw a fitted sheet on it or just a sleeping bag. www.slumberjack.comTherm-a-restConsider throwing the Therm-a-rest Vela Double ($279.95) down blanket over your air mattress or two sleeping pads pushed together. The 650-fill down is the perfect amount of warmth for Blue Ridge nights and breaths better than other materials. www.thermarest.comTiclaIn the “brands you might not have heard of yet” category, Ticla represents everything about car camping you already knew, but couldn’t find available at specialty outdoor retail. But now you can. Ticla offers car-camping specific gear including sleeping pads, bags, shelters and tents…all meant to be easy to use and store with an emphasis on functionality and aesthetics, not weight. Their new Tortuga (3-person $275; 4-person $350) is being called the quintessential car camping tent – featuring 360-degree views even with the fly on; kid and dog proof materials and construction; and oversized traditional architecture. The Besito ($100) sleeping bag has the same luxurious comfort and style. It’s available as part of?the company’s GOOD Kit ($180) which includes the sleeping bag, the Tsubo sleeping pad ($90), and roomy storage bag, eliminating the hassle of trying to stuff a sleeping bag into a tiny sack. www.ticla.comSierra DesignsSpeaking of comfort, nothing says luxurious car-camping comfort (or cabin, yurt, or condo) like a pair of down booties. If your (read, her) feet are warm, you will be warmer all over. This classic piece of camp gear has been revamped for men and women…men now get an easy-to-throw-on Moc ($65) and women get a plush and stylish mid-calf Bootie ($65). Both are extremely packable and still boast durable ripstop nylon construction, slip-resistant bottoms, clip/pull loops and 700-fill down. Rumor has it these booties will be discontinued so snatch them up. www.sierradesigns.comHelinoxAnother great option for sleeping near the vehicle if you’re not into air mattresses is the classic cot. Well, now there’s a cot available that’s so light and easy to set up, you’ll be taking it canoeing and backpacking, not just car camping. The Helinox Cot One ($299.95) pretty much revolutionizes the very concept of the cot, bringing it down to about four pounds with next-generation materials and industrial design. And it holds up to 320 pounds of flesh. If you’re not looking to drop three-hundred bucks, settle for the Helinox Chair One ($99.95) – again, one of the lightest and easiest to set up and down folding camp chairs on the market. www.bigagnes.comGSI OutdoorsOne of the most trusted names in camping and still family held, GSI is especially known for their durable camp kitchenware and innovative accessories. And once you have a set of dedicated and reliable pots, pans, dishes and utensils for camping, you’ll thank yourself every time out. One of our favorites is the new 4.7-liter Halulite cooking pot ($44.95), featuring dual locking stainless steel bail handles, integrated straining holes (no need to carry a colander), silicone thumb pads for handling, and a spiral-turned base that helps it stay put. The enduring Destination Kitchen Set 24 ($49.95) gives you everything you need to serve a family of four and stays put in a handy carrying case. You’ll also want to add the Vortex hand-crank blender ($99.95) to the gear box, because eating good food and making fancy drinks is really what car camping is all about. GSI even has a new line of campground games designed to be packable and durable, even for backpacking. New items include Freestyle Bocce ($30), Table Tennis, Kubb, and classics like Chess ($12), Checkers and Backgammon. www.gsioutdoors.comLowa Bahia SandalsOften overlooked, Lowa makes sandals just as rugged and functional as Chaco or Keen. Their super-grippy outsole is lightweight and flexible, providing great traction on and off the water. ($110) lowaboots.comFarm to Feet socksThese socks feel good—and not just because they are soft and comfy. Based in North Carolina, Farm to Feet sources 100% of their merino wool from U.S. ranches, and every stitch is 100% made in America. These socks keep feet dry and blister-free on creek-splashing trail runs and muddy mountain hikes. ($12) farmtofeet.comLifestrawIt’s not just for Third World countries. Lifestraw is just as effective for campers needing to purify drinking water. And for each Lifestraw sold in the States, one child in the develping world receives clean water for a year. ($19) buylifestraw.comlast_img read more

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Struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

first_imgCampers recovering after being struck by lightning in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Two people were transported to the hospital after being struck by lightning while camping at Balsam Mountain Campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Family members of the injured say that District Court Judge Roy Wijewickrama and another woman were struck by lightening around 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday when an isolated thunderstorm rolled through the area, striking two cars in the campground parking lot. The four people inside of the cars were uninjured, but Wijewickrama and the unnamed woman were outside of the cars and knocked to the ground. Both are expected to recover. Wijewickrama’s wife, Julie, told News 13 WLOS that he is in “stable condition and progressing daily.”last_img read more

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Main Cocaine Supplier for Los Zetas is Captured

first_img In September, Marines in San Luis Potosí captured Iván Velásquez Caballero, alias “El Talibán” and “Z-50.” The most important incident took place on October 7, when a team of Marines killed Los Zetas kingpin Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alias “The Executioner,” during a gun battle in Progreso, Coahuila. Argentinean authorities recently captured an alleged drug trafficker who was reportedly a key cocaine supplier for Los Zetas in Buenos Aires. The alleged drug trafficker used multiple identities to move about in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Uruguay. Official sources reported he usually traveled with bodyguards. According to the Colombian news daily, Argentinean security forces followed “Mi Sangre” after planting a sophisticated tracking device in one of his cars. At least 10 Los Zetas leaders have been captured or killed since 2009, authorities said. By Dialogo November 23, 2012 Carlos Ramírez Acosta, a security analyst and head of Prisma Consulting firm, based in Mexico City, said that cooperation between countries battling transnational criminal organizations is increasing. This has resulted in “a significant exchange of information at the intelligence level,” which contributes to the arrests of drug traffickers, the analyst added. “Mi Sangre” is wanted in Colombia and in the United States for cocaine trafficking. On October 30, Argentinean security forces arrested Henry de Jesús López Londo?o, a Colombian national who is also known as “Mi Sangre,” “Salvador,” and “Carlos Mario,” in a Buenos Aires supermarket, when he was with his wife and 10 bodyguards, according to news reports. Though the capture of “Mi Sangre” will hurt the cocaine trafficking operations of Los Zetas, it will not cripple it, according to Ramírez Acosta. The capture of “Mi Sangre” is a “temporary limitation,” the security analyst reflected, because the transnational criminal organization will turn to other suppliers. From the 1990s through 2005, “Mi Sangre” was a lieutenant to Colombian drug kingpin Diego Fernando Murillo, alias “Don Berna,” who in turn led Colombian drug cartel Oficina de Envigado. In 2005, “Don Berna” surrendered to Colombian authorities, while in 2008 he was extradited to the United States, where he plead guilty to cocaine trafficking charges and was sentenced to 31 years in prison. The transnational criminal organization has “suffered serious blows in the last months: loss of territory, capture or death of (its) regional leaders and internal fighting for the control of the organization,” according to a Mexican Military report titled “National Strategy against Organized Crime and its Impact on National Security.” For more than a decade, “Mi Sangre,” was one of the leaders of Los Urabe?os, a Colombian paramilitary group which engages in drug trafficking, said authorities, adding that he had met with Los Zetas operatives the day before his arrest. In October, Marines in Coahuila captured Salvador Alfonso Martínez Escobedo, alias “The Squirrel,” who is suspected of ordering the massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas in August 2010. The capture of “Mi Sangre” is the latest in a series of blows against Los Zetas. In addition to killing The Executioner, the Mexican Armed Forces and Federal Police have captured several key Los Zetas operatives in recent months: According to Colombian daily El Tiempo, cooperation between security forces from Colombia, Argentina and the United States led to the arrest of “Mi Sangre.” Before his capture, he was the “main cocaine supplier” for Los Zetas, said General José Roberto León, the chief of Colombia’s National Police. In July, Marines in the city of Puebla captured William de Jesús Torres Solórzano, a.k.a. “The Worm Eater” and “El W,” who is suspected of being a key financial operator for Los Zetas. The Worm Eater was allegedly responsible for trafficking drugs from Guatemala to the United States, according to authorities.last_img read more

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Florida GAL Director Orkin bags national prize

first_img September 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular?News Florida GAL Director Orkin bags national prize She was honored for her work to coordinate the state’s child advocacy syst em Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Roll out the red carpet for Angela Orkin.At a ceremony in Hollywood, CA, on August 25, the executive director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program won the National Association of Counsel for Children’s 2005 Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award.In child advocacy circles, it’s like winning an Oscar.“This is very big,” said Gerard Glynn, associate professor of law at Barry University. “They are the leading child advocates in the nation. It is not a lifetime achievement award, but recognition of something spectacular that has been done in the past couple of years.”It was Glynn who nominated Orkin for the award. His nomination letter spelled out how in just 18 months Orkin has transformed the new statewide office that provides guardians ad litem to about half of the 43,300 abused and neglected foster children in dependency court.“Less than two years ago, Florida’s state-funded child advocacy system consisted of an uncoordinated system of 21 fiefdoms,” Glynn wrote to the NACC Awards Committee June 30.“Each fiefdom had its own director who was chosen and supervised by the local chief judge of the trial court. . . This system of advocacy historically relied primarily on volunteer court appointed special advocates with few lawyers involved. Due to, amongst other things, a mandated transfer of funding of our trial courts from the counties to the state, Florida’s legislature chose to create a statewide guardian ad litem office.“I had little hopes of finding anyone who could successfully run this office and bring the 21 fiefdoms into a coordinated system while managing the politics of our legislature and governor’s office.”But Orkin — a former corporate lawyer dealing in mergers, acquisitions, and securities who gave up the big paycheck to dedicate her career to child advocacy — has “exceeded all expectations and has successfully converted this system into a quality voice for children,” Glynn praised.In a news release on the award winner presented at the NACC’s 28th National Children’s Law Conference at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, NACC’s Amanda Donnelly said Orkin’s “accomplishments exemplify that statewide systemic change can be achieved to improve legal representation for children.”In her 18 months at the helm of the new statewide office, Orkin:? Increased funding for the office by 22 percent to its current level of $25.9 million, even after her office was threatened with a 28 percent reduction in funding within the first few months of Orkin’s appointment.? Dramatically improved the training and quality control throughout the state. New training methods have expanded to monthly CLEs by conference call, a practice manual, and trainings on DVD and CD. Her office provides a monthly legal briefs newsletter and the Web page — www.gal.fl.gov — has up-to-date cases, articles, and practice tips by topic.? Significantly increased the number of lawyers within her office, leading to a reduction in caseloads. December 2004, Orkin had 75 full-time lawyers on her staff, making it finally possible to have an attorney representing the program in every court hearing.? Successfully recruited and trained hundreds of lawyers to represent children pro bono.? Obtained more than $325,000 in grants during the first 18 months of the creation of the office.“Angela Orkin has been given the daunting task of bringing Florida into compliance with the federal mandate of 100-percent representation for children in foster care within two years,” Glynn wrote in his nomination letter.“Florida has a long way to go to reach this goal. However, if anyone can succeed in reaching this goal, it is Angela Orkin, who is committed to reaching this goal without sacrificing quality advocacy.” Florida GAL Director Orkin bags national prizelast_img read more

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Latin America virus cases top 1.5mn as markets fear second wave

first_img“We are here to demand a change of attitude from the president… who must understand that our nation is facing the most difficult moment in its history,” said Antonio Carlos Costa.In the US, President Donald Trump was leading the charge to continue reopening the economy, announcing plans for a set of re-election rallies this month.That is despite signs that the pandemic is not tamed there, with more than 2 million infections and 114,000 deaths.Figures showed a spike in new infections in key states including Texas, California, Arizona and Florida.Equities and oil sank Friday in Asian trade, following a day of reckoning on American markets, where the main stock index plunged almost 7 percent to log one of its worst days in recent memory. Topics : “We’re worried the region could come out of this crisis with more debt, poorer, hungrier and with more unemployment. And most of all, angry,” said ECLAC general secretary Alicia Barcena.The fracture lines in Brazilian society are already evident.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the pandemic’s scale, calling COVID-19 “a flu”.Protesting that stance, campaigners on Thursday dug 100 graves on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, each marked with a black cross, to denounce what they called the “incompetence” of authorities. Long way from safety?The virus and resulting lockdowns have caused a spike in US unemployment — 44.2 million people have been forced out of jobs since mid-March — but stock markets have seemingly ignored the bad news on Main Street for weeks.Analysts blamed profit-taking for the big falls, which came after a huge run-up of up to 50 percent since March, with many saying investors had run ahead of themselves on hopes for a V-shaped recovery as states and countries across Europe reopen.But at a ceremony in Geneva, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned the world was a long way from safety.”The fight is not over. Most people remain susceptible to this virus and the threat of resurgence remains very real.”?That is particularly the case in poorer parts of the world, where the spread of the disease appears to be gathering pace, including in Africa.”It took 98 days to reach the first 100,000 cases [on the continent], and only 18 days to move to 200,000 cases,” said the WHO’s Matshidiso Moeti.n India, experts are warning the country is still a long way from its peak.Exhausted doctors at the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi said they may not be able to cope if the number of cases continues to increase.”All of us are hoping for the best, but we are mentally and physically prepared for the worst,” said Dr Deven Juneja.The long-term effects of the virus could devastate the lives of tens of millions of poor people, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF warned Friday.”As the pandemic wreaks havoc on family incomes, without support, many could resort to child labor,” ILO chief Guy Ryder said.The two groups noted that the number of children locked in child labor had declined by 94 million since 2000.But “the COVID-19 pandemic poses very real risks of backtracking.”According to the World Bank, the number of people in extreme poverty could potentially skyrocket by up to 60 million this year alone. A worrying social crisis is brewing in Latin America where the coronavirus pandemic is spiraling, experts are warning, as fears of a second wave in the United States sent shivers through global markets.More than 1.5 million people have been infected in Central and South America — 70,000 of them are already dead — with no signs of the disease slowing, especially in hard-hit Brazil.?The crisis could provoke the region’s “worst recession in history”, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said.last_img read more

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Website toxic, warns mum

first_imgNZ Herald 11 June 2013A mother will lobby New Zealand companies to pull their advertisements from a Latvia-based social networking site after her 12-year-old daughter was asked to provide explicit photos and subjected to extreme abuse while using it.The woman, who declined to have her name published to protect her daughter, said local companies would be horrified to see what their brand was aligned with on ask.fm.And yesterday, after Herald inquiries, State Insurance and BNZ both said they had taken steps to ensure their adverts would not appear on the website.The police and NetSafe are in contact with ask.fm’s owners about concerns, including that users can pose questions anonymously, enabling bullying and abuse.The woman said within a month of her 12-year-old daughter signing up to the site she was asked to provide naked pictures of herself, told to kill herself and called a whore and slut.She looked at her daughter’s friends’ profiles, and in three days found two children threatening to kill themselves in response to abuse on the website.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10889680last_img read more

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Canadian grant to revive bee keeping in Layou Valley

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 35 Views ? one comment Bee keepers. Photo credit: organicgardeningfarming.comA grant from a Canadian Fund has assisted bee keepers within the Layou Valley community to revive bee hives which were wiped out as a result of the collapse of the Matthieu Dam in 2008.The Dominica Bee-keepers Co-operative Society Limited which has been in existence for twenty-five (25) years recently received a $65,000.00 grant from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI). In 2008, the Matthieu Dam Disaster wiped out over thirty-six (36) productive hives and ALL livestock, poultry, vegetable, fruit and root crops belonging to members of that Association, which eventually brought their agriculture production in Layou Valley to a grinding halt. The Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) was able to secure funding through the CFLI, which allowed for the re-establishment of the hives which were lost, and for the procurement of protective gears, extraction equipment and materials for hive construction.Honey production which is simple and profitable will enable farmers in the catchment area to engage in this viable venture.This funding was provided for the purchase of essential bee keeping equipment and materials. IICA has also provided technical support on honey production and processing. It is anticipated that as the project expands, the wider community itself and neighbouring villages will have access to the resources and expertise.New members of the Beekeepers Society will be engaged in hive construction at a site next to Dexia’s Packing Shed on Rawle’s Lane, on Tuesday 24th July at 10.30, and this will be followed by a demonstration session on honey extraction at a selected bee-hive farm in Machourie.Press release LocalNews Canadian grant to revive bee keeping in Layou Valley by: – July 23, 2012last_img read more

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Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-18)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Scores.Saturday? (2-18)Beech Grove? 49???? Batesville? 44? (OT)Hornets JV won 59-43Oldenburg 63? Cambridge City Lincoln 41East Central? 36???? Franklin County? 30Greensburg? 54???? South Ripley? 42North Decatur? 61???? South Decatur? 40Connersville? 62???? Lawrenceburg? 55Indian Creek? 79???? Hauser? 73Shelbyville? 105???? Waldron? 60Switz. County? 74 ? ? South Dearborn? 60Madison? 65 ? ? Shawe Memorial? 32SW Hanover? 70 ? ? Scottsburg? 60last_img

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Holiday in the Heartland conclusion

first_imgBatesville, IN—Tuesday evening was the conclusion of the “Holiday in the Heartland” Christmas contest here at WRBI.? The event was held at the Batesville Middle School.? Everyone in attendance won a prize from a local business and three of those lucky people took away one of three grand prizes which included a 55” TV from Pulskamps Flooring Plus, $500 in cash from The Napoleon State Bank, or a trip for 2 to French lick including a 2-night stay at West Baden Springs Resort.Paula Kinker was the first name drawn for the grand prize and she chose the trip for two.??The other two grand prize winners were Patty Meyer, who had a representative present that chose the cash prize, and John Huntington that won the TV.last_img

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