JASPER COUNTY — A motion to release a DeMotte man charged with the murder of his wife until trial was denied by Jasper County Circuit Court Judge John Potter Wednesday morning.

RENSSELAER — The owner of American Melt Blown & Filtration, a Rensselaer-based filtration manufacturer, announced plans to launch a startup company focused on producing N95 masks and other medical-grade supplies to aid in the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response effort.

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The affluent generally have no need to second-guess themselves on spending. The rest of us do well to question practically every single expenditures in terms of our pocketbooks.

If the media buzz is true, the Trump administration will further expand the disastrous trade war with China. This time, the president will use the global pandemic as an excuse to restrict imports of medicine and medical devices.

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ELKHART, Ind., May 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Thor Industries (NYSE: THO) today provided a number of operational updates in conjunction with the official start of the North America summer camping and RV travel season. As the RV industry leader, with production facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Idaho, Oregon, Germany, Italy, the UK and France, one of Thor's primary objectives is to help people safely enjoy the outdoors in a sustainable way, while creating unique and lasting memories with family and friends.

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You have just closed on your home purchase and money is going to be tight for a while. Should you buy a home warranty to help you avoid out-of-pocket expenses or will it be a waste of money?

Before you decide if it will be worth it to you, you should understand what a home warranty really is and what it can do for you.

1. What is a Home Warranty?

A home warranty, also known as a home service contract, is a home protection plan that covers the cost of repairs or replacement of your home's critical systems and appliances when they get damaged or break down due to regular wear and tear. Many home warranty plans will typically cover:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Major appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, washers, and dryers
  • HVAC, central vacuum, and garbage disposal systems
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Congratulations! You have saved for your child's education using a state 529 plan and built up a decent nest egg to send him or her off to school or college with minimal financial worries. Once a choice of school is made, you can apply the 529 funds toward the educational costs — but beware of these mistakes that parents make when first withdrawing from 529 plans.

Assuming the Process is Automatic – People are so used to the automated aspects of financial services that they expect 529 accounts to work in the same way. In the case of a 529 plan, you must request that the funds be withdrawn and direct them accordingly. Check with your 529 plan to verify the options. Typically, you can direct the funds to the school, beneficiary (student), or to the owner (parents). In all cases, you must initiate the withdrawal.

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The first round of stimulus checks was sent out to millions of Americans across the country, with $218.4 billion paid out so far in an effort to ease the financial strain caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Although these payments provide some relief, using the money wisely is crucial in creating more financial stability.

According to a recent survey from the financial services firm IPX 1031, it appears consumers are making smart decisions with their stimulus payments so far. The study found that 29 percent of Americans plan to save this money, while another 20 percent will use it to pay their mortgage. However, the survey also found that 17 percent will pay off debt, 7 percent will pay their utility bills and another 11 percent will use it for "other" expenses. Although these seem like sensible strategies, there is a lot to consider w...

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Saving for your child or grandchild's higher education is one of the most important investments you can make for his or her future. To make saving for college easier, the Qualified Tuition Program or 529 plan was created. Named after section 529 of the Internal Revenue code, it is a federal-income-tax-free savings plan to be used for qualified educational expenses. Many states throughout the country also offer their own versions of the 529 plan; those are administered by state agencies and other organizations.

Two different 529 plans available

Currently, there are two different versions of the 529 plan from which to choose:

  • Prepaid tuition plans - These plans allow for the pre-purchase of tuition based on today's interest rates, with money to be disbursed when the beneficiary enters college. Prepaid tuition plans are usually managed by state organizations or by colleges and universities. The funds in prepaid tuition plans ...

Why Aren't 529 Plans More Popular?

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College costs are spiraling to the point where a four-year major college education is approaching or exceeding the cost of your house. Like many Americans, you may not be able to foot the entire cost of a college education, but a prudent savings plan can reduce the amount of aid your child will have to seek – and ultimately, how much debt they will graduate with.

What are the best methods for saving for college? Here are a few:

  • 529 Plans – Qualified tuition programs or 529 plans, named after Section 529 of the tax code, are investment accounts that are operated by states that allow anyone to contribute to funds for your child's education, building up funds tax-free as long as they are used for that purpose. They are great for allowing kids to contribute early to their own education funds.

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Michigan voters in November 2018 passed a ballot measure that legalized cannabis for recreational use, making the Great Lakes State the first in the Midwest to do so. The state’s retail cannabis market opened in late 2019 and within the first two weeks yielded $3.1 million in sales. By Jan. 2, 2020, that had reached $6.5 million.

Sorting through all the latest health fads, trends and research-based health information can be as stressful and overwhelming as shopping for a new car. You want to avoid getting swindled into something that isn’t right for you, and you want to ensure that what you’re investing in actually works and provides the biggest bang for your buck.

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Sustaining a twisted ankle, waking up with body aches and a fever or enduring a respiratory infection that makes it difficult to breath may all cause someone to question if they should get checked out by a doctor; and, if so, where should they go?

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It will happen, many thousands of times, and in every conceivable permutation: People will contract COVID-19 because of someone else's actions and will seek compensation. How should we handle such liability claims as a society? Mitch McConnell, gatekeeper of the Senate, has an idea. First, immunize all businesses. It would mean, as an example, that even if your boss fails to provide safeguards ...

NEW YORK - A disturbing cop confrontation with an angry crowd in Brooklyn protesting the fatal police arrest of a black Minnesota man drew the ire of progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Saturday night, who raged, "NO ONE gets to slam an SUV through a crowd of human beings." The incident came when a small crowd at Flatbush and St. Mark's in Brooklyn hauled a steel barrier to the middle of ...

MINNEAPOLIS - This city has become the center of a nation's anger and frustration as the National Guard rumbles through its streets, protesters threaten more upheaval and many across Minnesota blame officials here for a bungled response to George Floyd's death that over the last week has left the skyline in flames. The rage emanating from Minneapolis has spread to Los Angeles, New York, ...