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Fort Wayne boy in desperate need of kidney transplant Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - April 16 was supposed to be the big day that 5-year-old Ziek was supposed to get a new kidney.  But on April 10, just six days before the transplant, the donor backed out citing personal reasons.  "As a mother it was heartbreaking, because we had gotten him ready and we promised him all these things, all these promises of a new life and things he would get to do, and then we had to take it back,"  Ziek has been fighting hard and... More>>

ABC21 wins two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

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ABC21 has received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, the station announced today. 

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Homestead student says school punished him for singing national anthem Video included

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As of Tuesday night, nearly 1,700 people - most of them students - have signed an online petition in protest of the school's decision to discipline sophomore William Schweikert.  

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Senate Republicans fire up debate in Fort Wayne

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Making a sales pitch to voters in northeast Indiana's hottest political race. Monday night, the three contenders trying to secure the Republican Party nomination for a U.S. Senate seat went toe-to-toe in a debate sponsored by ABC 21.

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Indiana Department of Child Services goes $284M over budget

The Indiana Department of Child Services has gone over budget by $284 million with two months left in this fiscal year.

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Nation's nastiest GOP primary playing out in Pence's Indiana

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For a glimpse of red-state politics in the era of Donald Trump, look no further than Vice President Mike Pence's home state of Indiana, where a grueling GOP Senate race has been dubbed the nation's nastiest primary. More>>

Police investigate suspicious death in Wabash County

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A death investigation is underway after a home health care nurse found her 22-year-old patient dead inside a LaFontaine home. 

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WOWO 'Penny Pitch' recognized for outstanding community service

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WOWO Radio has been honored with a national award recognizing exceptional service to the community. The radio station's long-running "Penny Pitch" project was a recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation's 2018 "Celebration of Service to America Awards," recognizing outstanding community service by local television and radio stations. 

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Fort Wayne student says FWCS teacher shamed him for citing 'FOX News' Video included

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A Blackhawk Middle School 8th grader is gaining national attention after his Spanish teacher allegedly told him he couldn't use Fox News as a source for an assignment and told him to write up a report on "President Donald Trump's many lies." 

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Four people now charged in connection with death of newborn

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Four people -- the mother, father and two other relatives -- are now charged in connection with the death of a newborn in Defiance County. The expansion of the case comes after Jared and Sheryl Stark, the infant's parents, were charged one month ago. 

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Two injured after domestic dispute leads to a shooting in Fort Wayne Video included

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A shooting in the early morning hours Wednesday left two people in serious condition.

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Part of Dupont road to close for four months

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Commuters who take Dupont road should be on the lookout for detours starting Monday.

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Crews respond to suspicious cooler alongside road in Fort Wayne

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Fort Wayne officers responded to a suspicious cooler found alongside a roadway Wednesday morning.

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Butler man arrested after child pornography investigation

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A Butler man faces preliminary charges after a months-long child pornography investigation.

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85 veterans take part in 27th Honor Flight to DC

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Veterans from four wars are heading to Washington DC to visit the memorials erected in honor of those who served.

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Missing man located in Florida

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Police are looking for the public's assistance after a man went missing from southern Indiana.

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FWPD: We're trained to respond to zoo escapes Video included

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Six-month-old giraffe Thabisa was supposed to make her public debut Monday at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Instead, she broke through an electrified fence along the chute leading to the giraffe enclosure and ran around a fenced-in staff parking lot for two hours before being coaxed back to the barn.

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Pair of GOP candidates get mayor's race off to early start Video included

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Good things come to those who wait. At least two Fort Wayne Republicans, intent on winning next year's mayor's race, don't seem to believe that's the case. 

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Our Town Video included

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You've heard of towns so small if you blink you'll miss them? Welcome to Andrews, Indiana, population about a thousand.

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No charges filed against officers involved with DeKalb County shooting

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The DeKalb County Prosecutor is not filing any charges against the two officers involved in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in early April. 

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Ohio police warn residents of mail theft

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Police are warning people to be on the lookout after reports of mail theft around the area.

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Fort Wayne homicide suspect appears for initial hearing

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A man who was arrested after a cigarette with his DNA on it was found at a crime scene is claiming innocence.

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Sentencing moved for Fort Wayne man involved with 2016 shooting

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A Fort Wayne man who admitted he had a role in a 2016 shooting death is set to be sentenced Tuesday.

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Charges filed against person of interest in child death

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Detectives are looking for help locating a person of interest in the death of a 2-year-old.

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Indiana State Police to host drug take back day

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Police in Indiana are seeking to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through the annual drug take back day.

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Healthcare career fair taking place at Ivy Tech

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People looking for a job in the healthcare field can attend a career fair Tuesday.

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Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

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Opioid overdoses killed 1,354 Americans ages 65 and older in 2016, but Medicare doesn't cover the oldest proven treatment for opioid addiction: methadone. More>>

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

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For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts. More>>

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

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Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem. More>>

Spokesman: George HW Bush "responding and recovering"

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A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush is eager to get well so he can get to his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. More>>

Giraffe recaptured after escaping barn at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Video included

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A giraffe escaped its enclosure at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Monday.

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DNA testing nets homicide arrest in Fort Wayne

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A cigarette butt tossed from a van ended up being the evidence needed to arrest a man in connection with a 2017 homicide.

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