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IN.gov Goes Mobile
Take the State of Indiana with you on your mobile phone! The popularity of cell phones is requiring the State to meet demands of a growing number of people with web-enhanced mobile phones. Worldwide phone penetration continues to grow exponentially with over 4 billion mobile subscribers (ITU, 2009). For the first time ever, half of all new connections to the internet will come from a phone in 2009. (eMarketer, 2008 and 2009). Fifty-eight percent of U.S. online consumers already own a Web-enabled mobile phone.
IN.gov mobile will provide customers with features such as find an agency, find a person, check visit times at BMV branches, Hoosier Lottery and Amber and Silver Alerts (coming soon). Signing up is free and easy. For more information, visit the IN.gov mobile website to begin receiving updates and news about the State.
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August 18 marks the 89th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Granting women in the United States the right to vote, the amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878 – forty-two years before it was finally ratified. After years of parades, hunger strikes and attempts at changing legislation, the right of women’s suffrage finally passed through the House of Representatives in May of 1919 and through the Senate in June of that year. The amendment passed in 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify – a three-fourths majority of the states is needed to pass a constitutional amendment. Patrons can visit the National Archives website to see what related items are held there or to look at its Featured Documents page on suffrage.
To view images of the original amendment, check out Our documents: 100 milestone documents from the National Archives. The 19th amendment is included in these seminal documents. For photographs and other images from the women’s suffrage movement, interested patrons should visit the Library of Congress American Memory project. They can also visit American Memory’s site entitled Votes for Women. Here they can view a timeline of the suffrage movement and look at both documents and illustrations relating to women’s suffrage.
The Indiana Wine Grape Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1989 to boost economic development in the State by establishing successful wine and grape industry through marketing development and research. Since its beginnings, Indiana wineries have grown from 9 to 30 and there are more to come! Funding for the council comes from every bottle of wine purchased in Indiana. Every gallon of wine sold provides $0.05 for the Indiana Wine Grape Council to promote the wine and grape industry. Indiana wineries are established statewide and offer great wine and a relaxing atmosphere to Hoosiers of every region. The council not only provides marketing, but they also assist burgeoning winemakers and grape growers with resources on how to begin the process of starting a winery. If you’re interested in more information about Indiana wineries or the Wine Grape Council, please visit their website. Get ready to enjoy great Indiana wines!
It’s that time of year again. Kids are going back to school and for many people, the workload is starting to increase. However, it’s very important to remember to get enough sleep! Aside from the multitude of health benefits stemming from a full-night’s sleep, sleep is also necessary to prevent drowsy driving. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, early warning signs of drowsy driving include eyes that won’t focus, disconnected thoughts and the inability to remember driving the last few miles. Unfortunately, coffee or soda isn’t enough to keep you awake and alert for extended amounts of time – there is no real substitute for actual sleep. In addition to getting enough sleep, Medline Plus offers some good tips for staying awake: try not to drive in your “downtime” (usually mid-afternoon or late at night), make frequent stops and try to drive with someone else in the car. They should stay awake, too!
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides online classroom resources including Lesson Plans for teachers, web-based student activities, and other resources for teaching lessons in Science and Natural History. Though some resources are related to the museum’s current exhibits, you don’t need to be at the museum to use all of them. A list of Anthropology lesson plans includes Beanbag Population Genetics, Exploring Historic Cemeteries, and Teaching Ethnicity through Expressive Style. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists lesson plans include a website that allows students to read excerpts from actual journal entries and browse through the plants and animals collected on the expedition in 1804 through 1806.
How can RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, help you with the weather? Visit the online National Weather Service RSS Library. Several weather-related RSS Feeds are provided, including Severe Weather Watch/Warnings/Advisories, Local Storm Reports for Indianapolis, and Public Information Statements for the Weather Forecast Office in Indianapolis. What is RSS and what does it do? See the helpful links included in the blue box under RSS Feed/Podcasting. These explain how to download free RSS Readers for updates and also lead you to additional video and audio Podcasts from the U.S. Government.