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    State officials are appealing a $63 million reduction in Indiana’s share of tobacco master settlement payments. But even without the penalty, Indiana’s tobacco prevention and cessation efforts are sputtering.
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    If you’re mailing a check to the Indiana Department of Revenue today, you might already have pondered the disconnect between how much you’re paying in state and local taxes and the tax-cut boasting you hear from state officials.
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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Hoosier motorists: The Indiana House passes a bill setting tougher rules for mopeds/scooters. (See Sunday’s Perspective section for a look at the General Assembly’s actions halfway through its session.)

Colin Chaulk: The Komets’ captain records his 1,000th career point in helping his struggling team regain its footing with a much-needed overtime win in The Jungle.

Kokomo area: Four years after state Treasurer Richard Mourdock attempted to block the bankruptcy reorganization that saved Chrysler, the automaker announces a $375 million investment and 1,250 new jobs in Kokomo and Tipton County. The investments will make north central Indiana the world’s largest transmission manufacturer.

Bus passengers: Greyhound announces it will move its local stop from the sparse former gas station on Lafayette Street (above) to the new Citilink facility on Baker Street, offering not only better amenities but a direct connection to local destinations.

Tossups

Seth MacFarlane: Ratings were up for the Oscars, but he gets mixed reviews for his performance as host and a good deal of criticism for off-color jokes. He’s the man behind “Family Guy”; what did critics expect?

Dennis Rodman: Diplomacy is usually good, and reaching out to hostile nations can serve a purpose. But do we really want the former basketball player known as “The Worm” representing the U.S. before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Rodman visited the leader in Pyongyang while accompanying the Harlem Globetrotters.

Losers

Rep. Larry Bucshon: Club for Growth, the ultra-conservative group led by former Hoosier congressman Chris Chocola, targets the Republican U.S. representative for defeat in the 2014 primaries. Less than three years ago, Bucshon’s election retook the southwest Indiana district from Democrats. His American Conservative Union ranking of 88 on a 100-point scale just wasn’t good enough.

Pence administration: The new governor’s Department of Workforce Development staff stumbles, first announcing that federal unemployment benefits going to 30,000 Hoosiers would stop because of the federal government sequestration, then saying “never mind.”

Ikea: Best known for its low-cost home furnishings, the Swedish company is, strangely, also known for its meatballs. Discovery of traces of horsemeat in some of its European stores raises consumer ire overseas. The company assures Americans that no horsemeat is in any of its U.S. stores.

Flyovers: The common practice of military aircraft flying low over the site of a major sporting event is one of the first casualties of sequestration.

Milestones

Mike Eikenberry: The respected local banker retires as president of PNC’s northern Indiana region after 47 years with that bank and its predecessor companies, Fort Wayne National Bank and National City.

C. Everett Koop: His nomination to be President Reagan’s surgeon general drew opposition due to Koop’s conservatism, but he placed science above politics and led efforts to curb smoking and to educate the nation about the emerging AIDS epidemic. He died at 96.

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