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This is a friendly reminder about the 2010 Census data currently being released by the Census Bureau. The first wave of Census data – 2010 Redistricting Data Summary File (P.L. 94-171) – is released on a flow basis (a few states at a time) for all states throughout March. Twenty-one states have received this data, including Indiana. An interactive map for Indiana is available through Stats Indiana. Map widgets for all states by county are available here. A National Summary File of this data will be available in April, providing population and housing unit counts for the United States, regions, divisions, and American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Areas.
In May, a Demographic Profile down to the place/city level will be released and will contain data on population and housing characteristics such as sex, age groups, race, Hispanic/ Latino origin, Household relationships (spouse, child, partner), Occupancy, and Tenure (own/rent).
Data released between June and August is the most sought after by all states and will include:
For a basic timeline of 2010 Census milestones, visit the Interactive Timeline on the Census Bureau’s website. For more detail about the data that is being released through June 2013, visit the 2010 Data Products release schedule webpage, also available in PDF. The State Data Center will continue to provide updates via Friday Facts. For more information, go to the Census 2010 and Redistricting areas of the Stats Indiana website. Ask the State Data Center questions 24/7 by using the Ask-a-Librarian feature on the State Library website.
USA.gov’s Facebook page has a new entry, Three Ways to File Your Taxes for Free. Filing your taxes shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it shouldn't cost a penny if you do it through some of the free tax preparation programs offered by the federal government.
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Do you know how to save? Do you know how to build wealth and not debt? Join Hoosiers and citizens all over the country for America Saves Week, February 20-27. This initiative encourages everyone to learn how to save for a rainy day and manage finances responsibly. The Office of the Indiana Secretary of State has savings tips to help manage your finances and set financial goals. There are tips on budgeting as well as saving and other resources to help you become financially savvy and survive economic challenges. If you need help creating a savings plan, check out Indiana Saves. This site is specific to Indiana citizens and will help you on the path to beginning saving or building your nest egg. There are also up-to-date tips and resources on Twitter and Facebook. These free resources will help all Hoosiers, whether we’re saving for the first time or want tips on how to better build wealth.
These fields have become critical to the Indiana economy and the national economic outlook. The future careers of Hoosiers depend on students excelling here. Indiana would like to encourage and honor students who excel in math and science to continue on these paths. The Mr. and Miss Science Awards program is modeled after the Mr. and Miss Basketball program. Yes, Indiana is known for excellence in basketball, but now the Hoosier State can be recognized for excellence in academics! To apply, fill out the online application, which includes the requirements for this award. Applications are due March 21. Contact Michael Chartier if you have questions or concerns about the application or the program. Good luck to all award nominees and participants!
The America’s Great Outdoors initiative was launched in April 2010 as a way to reignite America’s commitment to conservation. Following a memo issued by the President, officials from four agencies – the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Council on Environmental Quality – traveled around the country seeking the opinions of experts, policy makers and regular citizens as to the best ways to preserve our natural resources. The result was this report, officially released on February 16 of this year. The report emphasizes four main areas of conservation: connecting Americans to the great outdoors, conserving and restoring our environment, cooperation to do so and the importance of getting our youth involved. For a general overview of specific goals, including creating new urban parks, conserving and restoring federal lands and improving the efficiency of federal agencies involved in conservation, be sure to check out the Executive Summary. The program seeks to improve existing inefficient policies and get grassroots and other local organizations involved. While environmental conservation is one major goal of the program, it also aims to preserve places of great historical value. On February 23, the National Park Service, as part of America’s Great Outdoors, used President Lincoln’s birthday to mark the start of the NPS’ observation of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. See this press release for more information.
It's starting to get warmer out, but most people aren’t quite ready to throw open the windows just yet. As such, it’s important to still be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the EPA, carbon monoxide is the most common cause of death by poisoning in the country. Poisoning can occur when carbon monoxide gas – produced by burning propane, gasoline, wood, oil and other fuels – builds up in an enclosed space. Symptoms are similar to those of the flu – severe headaches, nausea and even impaired judgment and memory loss. Not only is carbon monoxide colorless and odorless, but if early symptoms are ignored, it is possible to lose consciousness and therefore be unable to escape. It is therefore known as the “silent killer.” Because symptoms are flu-like, people often ignore them. However, there are several hints that can tell you that this is CO poisoning rather than a regular illness. They include: feeling better when you’re away at home, several people in the household getting sick at once, indoor pets acting drowsy and lethargic and the absence of flu symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes and a fever. It is therefore very important to install carbon monoxide alarms in your home! For more information, be sure to check out this website from the EPA. They also have a quick factsheet geared toward older adults and their caregivers.
Losing your wallet or purse is stressful. Your money, credit cards, driver's license--all gone. Don't fret too much about tracking down contact information to close accounts and get things replaced. This to-do list from the Federal Citizen Information Center puts the answers you need all in one place:
Having your cards lost or stolen can be traumatic. But these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center can help you recover. The only thing you'll have left to do is pick out a new wallet.
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