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Study rates Fort Wayne 'fattest city in America'

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It's not the first time Fort Wayne has found itself at the top, but a new report rates the city as the "fattest in America." 

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Man dies following shooting on Fort Wayne's east side

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A man was found shot to death on Fort Wayne's east side early Saturday morning.  Fort Wayne Police responded to reports of gunshots in the 900 block of E. Washington Blvd. around 1:15 a.m.  As officers were checking the area, dispatch got word of a male who was shot and was lying outside of an apartment building.  That's where officers found an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds.  Medics on the scene initially found him t... More>>

Indiana's unemployment rate edges up to 3.1 percent in July

The state says Indiana's unemployment rate edged up to 3.1 percent in July and is below the national rate of 4.3 percent last month.

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The votes are in, and local winery nabs national honor

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A local winery has been given the title "Best Tasting Room" in a national competition sponsored by "USA Today." 

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Fort Wayne detectives investigate city's latest homicide; victim identified Video included

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Fort Wayne detectives spent the day canvassing the areas where two weekend shootings happened.

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Local school learns during rare solar eclipse Video included

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Not only did students here at Emmaus Lutheran get the chance to watch the eclipse Monday, thanks to solar eclipse glasses, but the older students got to perform a real world experiment. One 7th grade science teacher Hannah Boehme wouldn't have missed. 

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Library viewing draws crowd downtown to see solar eclipse Video included

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Lots of people found creative ways to observe the rare solar eclipse that swept across the United States Monday. In Fort Wayne, folks dropped in to one location downtown, where special attention was focused on the heavens.

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Noble County Police investigate after body found near roadway

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Police are investigating after a woman's body was found lying near the roadway Sunday afternoon. Noble County Police Dispatch said the call came in around 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon. The body was found lying near the roadway in the 11000 block of County Road 500 South near LaOtto. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene. As of the time of this report the investigation is being treated as a homicide. Anyone with information in the case is being asked to contact the Noble County Sher...

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SLIDESHOW: Viewers share their Eclipse photos

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People across the United States got the chance to view a rare event Monday as the moon blocked the sun. Viewers across the area and beyond shared their photos of the event with us. 

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Weekend shooting victim identified as Fort Wayne man

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We now know the identity of the man who died in a shooting early Saturday morning.

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Opportunity Knocks: Building Futures Program expands to more counties Video included

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Monday's Opportunity Knocks segment focused on the Building Futures pre-apprenticeship construction trades program. The first class was recently completed in Allen County and has now expanded to four more northern counties.

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Lutheran Health Network names new regional president and CEO

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Lutheran Health Network has appointed a new president and chief executive officer. 

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Fort Wayne United to participate in Cities United convening

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A Fort Wayne organization is traveling to Minnesota Wednesday to participate in a national movement.

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Police looking for help after convenience story robbery

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Police are looking for your help investigating a robbery from late July. 

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Shooting on Fort Wayne's southeast side leaves man in critical condition

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One person is in critical condition after a shooting late Friday night. 

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Fort Wayne Children's Zoo hosts fifth annual "Zoo Brew and Wine Too!"

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is hosting their fifth annual "Zoo Brew and Wine Too!" fundraiser Friday. An event that sold out in a day and drew over 2100 people. Zoo Director Jim Anderson says it's a night at the zoo that adults love. "The animals are still out. The rides are open, but there's four bands, there's some beer, there's some wine, there's a lot of great food. Adults love this night," said Anderson. The Fort Wa... More>>

Everyone is "diggin" Shindigz Soccer Festival

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Many people across Fort Wayne are focused on the return of high school football. However, it's not the only "futbol" people will be packing stadiums for as Shindgiz Soccer Festival continues.

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Henry signs U.S. Conference of Mayors anti-discrimination compact Video included

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The backlash continues across the country against President Trump's ambiguous comments about "both sides" being responsible for the deadly protest in Virginia this weekend including from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Councilman seeks to put new restrictions on Fort Wayne strip clubs Video included

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Female dancers who take their clothes off at Fort Wayne strip clubs would soon have to stop doing so when the clock strikes midnight. That's if the plan of one city council member is approved.

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How to make your own viewer for the solar eclipse

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With many stores selling out of solar eclipse glasses it is getting difficult to find a safe way to view the solar eclipse Monday. Here is a simple and safe way to view the solar eclipse with materials you can find at home.

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Police looking for help finding wanted man

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Police in need your help finding a man wanted out of Adams County. 

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Fort Wayne Mayor joins mayors nationwide to combat hate, extremism and bigotry

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Mayors from across the nation are joining together to fight hate, extremism and bigotry. 

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How Fort Wayne Community School students will observe the solar eclipse

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Fort Wayne Community Schools is taking steps to let students safely experience the solar eclipse Monday.

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10 scams to be on the lookout for in August

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From a scam alert from Indiana Michigan Power to a spoofed email from the Better Business Bureau, here are 10 scams you should be on the lookout for.

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Eclipse concerns cause school district to cancel classes

A school district in Ohio has canceled classes on Monday over concerns about students damaging their eyes while looking at the solar eclipse.

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Barcelona van attack kills 13 in agonizing repeat for Europe

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Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. More>>

I-469 ramp at I-69 to close for overnight work

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Motorists should be on the lookout for overnight ramp closures at the I-469/I-69 south junction in Allen County starting Friday. 

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CIB releases $275k for building demolition next to Superior Lofts Video included

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Action taken Thursday by a Fort Wayne board provides extra cash to help finish off a new downtown residential complex. That project will be on prime real estate near the city's riverfront.

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Fort Wayne School using solar eclipse for unique learning experience

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Students at one Fort Wayne School will get to turn the rare solar eclipse into a day of science Monday. 

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Quick work by Huntington Sheriff's Department prevents dangerous situation

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Deputies with the Huntington County Sheriff's Department helped stop what could have been a dangerous situation Wednesday afternoon. 

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UAW brings life back to old war memorial

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The War Veterans Memorial Shrine on O’day road in Fort Wayne pays tribute to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country, but over the years it’s been neglected, almost forgotten. Until a friend told Greg Bedford about it. 

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Police arrest man after car vs carriage crash that injured four people

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A Fremont man faces preliminary charges after a crash that ejected four people from a horse drawn carriage in Steuben County. 

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State Police investigate death of 19-year-old inmate

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Police are investigating after a 19-year-old inmate died Wednesday night.

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Best Events This Weekend: August 17 through August 20

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events happening around Fort Wayne.

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Fort Wayne Police arrest man following narcotics investigation

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A Fort Wayne man faces preliminary charges after a narcotics complaint resulted in police finding various narcotics in his apartment. 

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Charges pending for Auburn burglary suspects arrested Wednesday afternoon

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The Auburn Police Department is investigating after a burglary early Tuesday morning. 

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Mother of alleged hate crime victim speaks at downtown candlelight vigil Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- A candlelight vigil was held to honor the victims in Charlottsville, Virginia  and inspire unity at the Allen County Courthouse Wednesday. The event, hosted by the United Activists of Fort Wayne, hosted speakers like 3rd District Congressional Candidate, Courtney Tritch, Allen County Council Member, Sharon Tucker, and the mother of an alleged hate crime victim, Lakysha Gardner. Gardner's son, Jason, was allegedly lured to a creek near his home and w...

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Urban League CEO fears president harbors flawed attitudes about race Video included

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A leader in the local African American community says he's now deeply concerned that President Trump is a sympathizer with the views of notorious white supremacy groups. 

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Could Trump's Virginia protest comments backfire? Video included

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Could President Trump's comments about both sets of protesters in Virginia become a political liability for him or possibly other candidates down the ticket?

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Convincing phishing scam targets Chase Bank customers

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Customers at one of the largest banks serving the ABC21 viewing area, take note: Scammers may be targeting you. 

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Southwest Allen County Schools first day Video included

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For Southwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Phil Downs summer can leave him feeling empty. “You know our buildings are, the lights are usually off, it’s dark in the hallway, it’s echoey, it’s boring.” Just when it seems the day would never come. “All of a sudden, all these kids show up," said Downs, "the lights are one it’s energetic, it’s fun, it’s exciting. 

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Police arrest two people after smelling marijuana while investigating crash

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Police arrested two people Wednesday afternoon after they noticed the smell of marijuana in a nearby residence while investigating a crash.

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INDOT urging safety for eclipse travel

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging people to take precautions if they plan on traveling to watch the solar eclipse. 

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AMBER Alert canceled for children out of Brownsburg

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UPDATE:  The Brownsburg Police Department canceled the AMBER Alert as of 12:31 pm.  

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A father speaks out after his son was found dead near IPFW Sunday Video included

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Terraile Jefferson was working at the barbershop on Monday when he got the call that his son was shot and killed.  "It was devastating, just devastating," said Jefferson.  27-year-old Jason Underwood  was found lying face down on the gravel boat ramp on the St. Joe River on the west side of IPFW's campus Sunday.  

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Honoring an officer killed 20 years ago Video included

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A solemn day for police officers in Allen County, as they honored one of their own who was shot and killed in the line of duty 20 years ago.

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13 people, including 2 Indianapolis men charged for alleged gang activity

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The federal government says 13 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been arrested and charged in Ohio and Indiana.

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Police look for suspect in eastside shooting Video included

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A stop at a gas station on Fort Wayne's near eastside Monday night turned into a frightening ordeal for one man. City police are trying to find a suspect who they believe tried to settle an argument with a gun.

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Luke Messer: conservative Hoosiers will help GOP oust Donnelly in senate race

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"A few weeks back the Republican-controlled United States Senate quit on us." That was a piercing criticism delivered Tuesday, not by a Democrat, but by a fellow Republican who wants to be elected to the senate. 

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Fort Wayne City Council hosting special meeting to address opioid crisis

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The Fort Wayne City Council is hoping to address the opioid crisis in Fort Wayne during a special meeting.

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