PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker pushing a bill to require Gov. Kristi Noem to disclose taxpayer-funds used for her travel security on the campaign trail has faced a pressure campaign to kill the proposal. Rep. Taffy Howards says she faced text message attacks and fellow Republicans rescinding support after hearing from the governor’s office. Noem’s administration has refused to disclose to media outlets how much it costs to send Highway Patrol troopers with the governor as she has traveled the country campaigning for Donald Trump and fundraising for her campaign. Howard argues it would not compromise safety to know how much is spent on travel security.
Plainfield, In. —Duke Energy has selected Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as the newest member of the large account management team to serve as account executive for the south-central Indiana service territory.“Rick will own and manage the total customer experience of some of our largest and most complex business customers in our south-central Indiana territory,” said Kristie McKillip, director of large account management for Duke Energy Indiana. “His operational background as well as his long-standing history with Duke Energy will make him a great fit for our team and provide great value to our customers.”Previously, Smith held a position as supervisor of construction and maintenance at Duke Energy in the Shelbyville and Franklin areas. He has served in a variety of roles within Duke Energy Indiana’s distribution organization, including stints in the distribution control center and the Plainfield materials distribution center.Before joining the Duke Energy team, Smith served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a communications specialist stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif.“I am excited to take on this new role,” Smith said. “I already have a great deal of experience working with large customers in central Indiana, and now I have a more focused opportunity to bring customized value to these energy-intensive customers.”Smith grew up in the Plainfield area and currently resides with his wife, Janet, and seven children in Franklin.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has disclosed that winning is in the club’s DNA adding that opponents also see the Old Lady in the same light.Agnelli further pointed that Italian clubs must performance better on the European scene to avoid losing prestige. He was speaking at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. In his words, he said: “Juve only exist to win,”“I don’t say it with arrogance but rather ambition. Our opponents also think the same way.” Agnelli stated.He was also full of praise for the club’s executives. He said: “These men make the difference: without Marotta, Nedved and Paratici, nothing would’ve been possible. The group makes the difference.“Italy must be watchful of its UEFA ranking because we risk losing fourth position: in the 2019-2020 campaign, we risk being fifth in Europe.“Football’s grown a lot, but the rules are still the same as those in the 1950s. The NFL is the example that football should follow.“2010-11 was the worst financial year in Juve’s history, but we started again from there.“Humility and dedication are the underlying principles of our history. Now we want to make it seven, eight Scudetti in a row.” he concluded.Juventus have outperformed the other Italian clubs in the last decade with six successive Italian Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals in three years.Related