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Sunday, March 08, 2020 1:00 am

Unwanted phone call complaints up in Indiana

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Hoosiers are fed up!

A new study shows spam phone calls and Do Not Call registration have hit record numbers. Complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission from Indiana have increased 107.4%. The state now ranks No. 44 for the highest percentage of its population registered for the Do Not Call list – 65,530 per 100,000 people. The national average is 68,428 per 100,000. last week released a study on Mobile Spam and Do Not Call Registration Rising in America after analyzing FTC National Do Not Call Registry data from 2015 to 2019.

The three most common spam calls reported from Indiana residents were related to impostors (27.8% of the time), debt reduction (24.8% of the time) and medical and prescriptions (26.5% of the time).

Key findings:

• The FTC received complaints from 5,422,298 Americans, up 50%; and Do Not Call list registration increased 1.7% nationally to 240 million Americans.

• The top 10 states for Do Not Call registration are: New Hampshire, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Kansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.

• The 10 states with the lowest registration rates are Alaska, Texas, Mississippi, Hawaii, South Carolina, Louisiana, Utah, Indiana, Arizona and Nevada.

Midwest states most like nation

Midwestern states, including Indiana, are among the most representative of the nationwide population, according to personal finance website WalletHub.

Indiana ranks 10th among states in WalletHub's Electorate Representation Index. The Hoosier State is 90.46% representative of the nation's makeup.

WalletHub said it produced the index because of widespread concern that Iowa and New Hampshire are too white and rural to be the first states to conduct presidential primary elections every four years. Iowa places 17th in the index at 89.05%, and New Hampshire is 43rd.

The five most representative states, in order, are Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio. The five least representative states, in order, are Vermont, Mississippi, Utah, West Virginia and Massachusetts.

Among index categories, Indiana placed fourth in gender characteristics closest to the nation's, fourth in percentage of population with health insurance coverage closest to the nation's and fifth in religious composition of adults closest to the nation's.

Other categories included age, race, income and education characteristics.

Arts panel agrees to MLK project

Speaking to the Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday, representatives from the city's Public Art Commission acknowledged a request to explore the possibility of creating an installation to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s June 5, 1963, visit to the Summit City. 

The Public Art Commission voted unanimously Feb. 28 to explore such a project, Chairwoman Nancy Stewart said. The commission also established a selection committee at that meeting. The selection committee will be co-chaired by Theoplis Smith and Tom Smith, both of whom were appointed by the City Council. 

The Council on Feb. 11 unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Michelle Chambers, D-at large, and Councilman Russ Jehl, R-2nd, asking the Public Art Commission to explore the project. The purpose of the project is to enshrine King's visit, during which he spoke to a large crowd at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. 

“We are off and creating and we will continue to update you on the what, where and for how much,” Stewart said. 

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