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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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New year & new look for students at St. Joseph Central

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Many old classrooms at St. Joseph Central Elementary in Fort Wayne are now new, and starting Tuesday, full of excited students, like 4th grader Carly Bair. “I just love school, school’s really fun!” 

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Experimental plane crash lands in Fulton County

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The FAA is investigating after an experimental airplane crash landed in Fulton County Monday evening. 

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UPDATE: Man in good condition after shooting on Wayne Street Video included

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UPDATE: We are getting more details on the shooting that occurred in the 1800 block of East Wayne Street Monday night. 

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Health officials urge parents, schools to develop asthma action plan

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As students head back to school, health officials are urging parents and schools to have a plan to help students with asthma manage symptoms and stay in class.

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IKEA sets opening date for first Indiana store

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One of the world's trendiest home furnishing concepts will soon be available in Indiana. The state's first IKEA store will open on Oct. 11, company officials have announced.

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Candlelight vigil in Angola condemns violence in Charlottesville Video included

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 About 50 people gathered in downtown Angola to mourn the life lost in the Charlottesville car attack and pray for the other victims.    Folks who came out to the vigil say they're horrified by what happened over the weekend and  they're standing up to bigotry and hate. 

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FWCS to be 40 teachers short on first day of school Video included

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As the Fort Wayne Community School district kicks off its school season Tuesday, many of its students won't have a permanent teacher in the classroom. About 40 teacher positions as well as assistant and support positions remain unfilled at FWCS.

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Homicide victim Id'd: FWPD wants answers in boat ramp shooting Video included

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We now know the name of the man found shot to death this week-end on a boat ramp in north Fort Wayne. It has been ruled a homicide, and police are scrambling to find answers to other important questions.

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Protecting your eyes during the solar eclipse Video included

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A spectacular scene will soon have many across the country staring at the sun, for the total solar eclipse. A show many are excited for, but also one that comes with a serious risk to your eyes, one that can cause serious damage.

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Science Central gears up for the Solar Eclipse

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A Fort Wayne organization is helping people prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse. 

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Holcomb rolls out $24 million job training initiative

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is unveiling a jobs program that will pay tuition for workers who get trained in high-demand fields.

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Allen County wanted persons for the week of 8/14

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Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers is looking for your help finding these wanted persons. 

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Mad Ants: Show us what you've got!

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Hoop dreams have a chance to become reality next month, when Fort Wayne's NBA G-League team hosts an open tryout for those wanting to play basketball at a professional level. 

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Bremen Post welcomes new K-9 unit

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An Indiana State Police trooper has a new four-legged partner. 

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Park patrol nets drug arrest in Mercer County

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Two people face preliminary charges after police found them allegedly drug impaired in a Mercer County park.

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Steuben County woman arrested after crash on I-69

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A Steuben County woman faces preliminary charges after a crash that injured three children.

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Coroner identifies man found dead near IPFW campus

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We now know the identity of the man found dead near IPFW's campus Sunday morning. 

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Fort Wayne pays RESPECT to legendary performer

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If you don't know who's playing Fort Wayne on Saturday night, you better think. Legendary performer Aretha Franklin brings her chart-topping list of hits to the Foellinger Theatre for a summer night's concert that is expected to feature soul, pop and blues numbers.

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Mad Ants to hold auditions for dance team

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The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are inviting area residents to try out for this year's dance squad. 

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Last splash: Final Fort Wayne city pool closing for season

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The last operating Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department swimming pool is closing for the season. 

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Did Swift 911 app help rescue AMBER alert child? Video included

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More than 1500 people have signed up for the Swift 911 app on their smart phones or computers, and got the local alert that Adayah Bratton was missing and possibly in danger.

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Cheri Hartman murder defendant wants guilty plea thrown out Video included

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A man who has been behind bars for 15 years in a heinous Fort Wayne murder now says a police detective threatened to have him killed in prison if he didn't plead guilty to the crime. It was part of testimony in an Allen County courtroom Friday, as 36-year old Christopher Hovis is seeking to have his plea thrown out, giving him a shot at a new trial.

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Fort Wayne man dies in South Dakota motorcycle crash

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A Fort Wayne man is dead after a crash during a South Dakota motorcycle rally.

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Pence returns to Indiana for official portrait unveiling

Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence traveled back to Indiana Friday to attend a luncheon and an unveiling of his official state portrait. 

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Pendleton District welcomes new K-9 units

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The Pendleton District of the Indiana State Police is welcoming two new K-9 units to its ranks.

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Coroner identifies victim of Thursday evening Motorcycle crash

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The Allen County Coroner identified the victim of Thursday night's motorcycle crash.

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Indiana trooper rescues 2 people trapped in burning car

An Indiana State Police trooper's quick action is being credited for saving two people who were trapped in a car during a fiery crash.

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Police arrest two after allegedly finding Kilo of cocaine in car.

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Two Missouri men face preliminary charges after a traffic stop resulted in police finding a Kilo of Cocaine. 

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Sculpture selected for Promenade Park

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By this time next year Promenade Park in Fort Wayne will have a new addition. Thursday morning they announced who’s sculpture would be featured at the entrance of the park. 

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One dead after crash near Warsaw early Friday morning

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One person is dead after a vehicle rolled over and hit a tree off Packerton Road. 

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How concerned should we be about N. Korea's nuclear threat? Video included

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President Trump turned up the political heat on North Korea late Thursday afternoon saying, "North Korea better get their act together, or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world." So how concerned should we be?

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AMBER Alert canceled for girl abducted out of Fort Wayne Video included

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UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for Adayah Bratton has been canceled.

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Important senate race awaits for Hoosier voters Video included

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Some big name and well-financed rivals are starting to emerge in next year's race for Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly's U.S.Senate seat. Republicans want to take back the seat and it will be a key campaign in the GOP effort to maintain control of the senate next year. 

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Discrimination lawsuit advances for former Whitley County Sheriff Deputy Video included

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(WPTA21) -  Terrance McKinney says when the court of appeals ruled in his favor Tuesday, it restored his faith in the justice system.  "It took going to the 7th circuit for somebody to really see what the rationale was behind the termination," he says, "and clearly, their wasn't any". McKinney was fired from the Whitley County Sheriff's department in may 2014, just months after his first day. The Sheriff named three minor reasons behind his termination... More>>

Shepherd's House funding extended for year

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Shepherd's House in Fort Wayne will retain funding for another year after the VA announced a funding extension.

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Burglary investigation nets arrest of Wabash man

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A Wabash man faces preliminary charges after a two-month investigation resulted in his arrest.

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Ice cream recalled due to risk of E. coli contamination

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Several varieties of ice cream are being recalled because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

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Brothers arrested after narcotics search in Steuben County

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Two rural Angola men face preliminary charges after a narcotics investigation.

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Fort Wayne's Children Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

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The Fort Wayne's Children Zoo has a new baby. The zoo announced the birth of a female reticulated giraffe Calf Thursday. The giraffe was born Sunday to seven-year-old giraffe Zahra and Ezeji. 

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State lawmaker says he is considering proposing a bill to push back the start of school Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- During the last legislative session, a bill to move back the start date for Indiana public schools failed. Senator Jack Sandlin says he believes more active discussions on the topic might have meant a bill that passed. He says he's doing research on effects of an earlier start date, and considering new legislation for the next legislative term.  "I think that it would be beneficial," said Senator Sandlin talking about the earlier sta... More>>

Local veterans react to escalating nuclear tensions Video included

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We asked veterans what they think about the possibility of either the United States or North Korea using nuclear weapons.

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Rep. Rokita takes leap into U.S. Senate race: challenging Dem. Joe Donnelly in '18 Video included

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Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly has a new challenger to worry about as he tries to hold onto a seat in the U.S. Senate next year. It’s a Republican congressman with ambitions of moving up in Washington. 

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Fort Wayne family says someone set their mail on fire

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 A Fort Wayne family wants to know who set a fire inside their mailbox.  It's not what the Manley's were expecting when they got home from vacation Sunday night.  They opened their mailbox and found the back half of their mail was burnt to a crisp.  

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IPFW political science professor reacts to reports on North Korea: 'this is a real threat' Video included

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC 21) -- Reports coming out Tuesday that North Korea has taken a step forward with their nuclear warfare program has some folks in Fort Wayne feeling ab it concerned. "It's probably not a good thing," said resident Ryan Bishop. "This is a real threat. This is real danger," said Associate Professor of Political Science at IPFW, James Toole. Toole says North Korea is one of the most secretive countries on Earth and there isn't a lot of informat... More>>

FWCS employees packing backpacks for students in need

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300 elementary school students in need will receive a backpack full of supplies, books and other items thanks to FWCS employees. 

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Everybody into the pool -- pooches, included!

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If your pup has a dog park permit, Fido also has a pool pass. At least, on Sunday.

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Petition calls for EACS principal’s ouster Video included

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East Allen County Schools began classes today with a new superintendent and big projects in the works, but also with a looming controversy. An online petition launched this weekend is calling for a principal to be fired.

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Retire in Fort Wayne? New ranking says, sure -- why not?

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It may not rival Sarasota or Palm Springs anytime soon, but Fort Wayne is a darn decent place to live out your golden years. So says a new report evaluating and grading cities across America.

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Escaped inmate's death leaves questions unanswered Video included

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Residents in Paulding County Ohio can feel a sense of relief now that an armed and dangerous fugitive is no longer a threat. But there are still unanswered questions about the suicide of escaped inmate Branden Powell.

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Students get a feel for their surroundings during transition day at Fort Wayne Community Schools

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Students transitioning to middle school and high school got a chance to tour their new surroundings Tuesday.

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Authorities: Girl hit by train in Indianapolis, loses leg

Authorities say an 11-year-old girl's leg was amputated after she was struck by a freight train on the west side of Indianapolis.

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Second suspect in September shooting death pleads guilty to lesser charge

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Another suspect in a September shooting death appeared in court Tuesday to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

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Cops Cycling for Survivors kicks off in Indianapolis Video included

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Indiana police officers are riding to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana.

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Local winery up for USA Today '10 Best' honor

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Huntington's "Two EE's Winery" is getting some national attention, with its tasting room ranking among USA Today's "10 Best." 

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Police arrest two people in connection with series of vehicle break-ins

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A Kendallville man and Albion woman face preliminary charges after a rash of break-ins in Northern Indiana. The Avilla Police Department said the arrest comes after police believe over 20 vehicles in three counties were broken into in a short span of time.

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ABC21 Investigation: Child Translators

Fort Wayne Police are up against a language barrier. Officers are responding to a growing number of calls where victims - and suspects - don’t speak English.  When it happens,  they’re supposed to use a professional translation service, but police reports obtained but ABC 21 show officers sometimes rely on children to do the translating instead, putting them in the middle of a tense investigation. 

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