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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

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Winners

Saint Francis: University forges link with New Tech network to become first campus in five-state area with program to serve incoming students from tech high schools.

Wall Street: Markets wrap up their best year since 1997, with a 29 percent gain for investors.

David Frohardt-Lane: The Chicago trader who consults for a major professional team and lectures on sports statistics won the sports betting SuperContest run in Las Vegas and will take home $557,850. He says he will donate half to GiveWell, a nonprofit that evaluates other charities.

U.S. economy: More encouragement found as construction activity hits strongest level in more than four years, manufacturing orders rise and unemployment applications fall.

Passengers out: The 52 scientists and tourists who had been trapped on an icebound research ship in Antarctica since Christmas Eve were rescued by helicopter this week. Twenty-two crew members will remain with the ship and wait for the ice to break up.

Tossups

Electricity usage: The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen for the third year in a row. More energy-efficient housing, appliances and other devices have driven the level of electric-power use down to the lowest level since 2001. Purdue researchers predict stagnant demand will cause a 32 percent increase in Indiana’s electricity rates by 2023.

Home run-in: For the fourth time in 23 years, Michael Morton’s house on Paulding Drive was struck by a car. The good news is that Morton, his dog and the impaired driver who hit the house were not hurt.

Losers

Rob Ford: Crack-smoking Toronto mayor files for re-election.

Milestones

Andrew Jacobs Jr.: Former Indiana congressman, 81, was a progressive Democrat beloved on both sides of the aisle.

Andy Granatelli: Race car driver turned promoter was inducted into Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 2002. He died at 90.

John Dominis: Life magazine photographer was best known for his shot of two American medal winners raising black-gloved fists at the 1968 Olympics. He died on Monday at 92.

Uighur detainees: Last of 22 ethnic Uighurs from China released from Guantanamo Bay. A judge ordered their release in 2008 after determining they were not at war with the U.S., but they were stranded without a safe place to relocate.

Incandescent lightbulbs: A ban on energy-wasting bulbs took effect this week, though more energy-efficient incandescents will still be available.

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