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Governor Mike Pence is reaching across party lines to fill an open seat in his administration.  Pence announced on Wednesday Democrat Jim Schellinger will head the state’s economic development agency.

Schellinger, who’s served on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors since Pence took office, will take a leave of absence from his role as CEO of the Indianapolis company CSO Architects.  The Hoosier Democrat ran for governor in 2008, losing in the primary.

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If you're seeking the very center of cutting edge arts performance this summer, your best bet is to head to the Fringe.

That's the 2015 Fort Wayne Fringe Festival to be exact, a week-long celebration of innovative talent that crosses all types of boundaries, hosted by Wunderkammer Company.

Festival coordinator Maddie Miller says this year's eclectic, multi-genre line-up offers something for everyone, and attendees need only be ready to expect the unexpected.

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains plate tectonics. What is the geological process, when was the idea developed, and what parts of the earth are effected?

  

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Colonel David Foster's strong belief in the importance of a city park network here in Fort Wayne earned him the title "Father of the Park System" back in the early 20th century.

And the space bearing his name, Foster Park, continues to be among the brightest stars among the 86 public municipal parks residents enjoy today.

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Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Northeast Indiana cities are still working to make the area accessible for everyone. But a disability advocacy group says things have improved since the law passed more than two decades ago.

The Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition released a survey showing how residents feel about Allen County’s compliance with the ADA.

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Fort Wayne Community Schools announced Thursday it’s planning to open a conversation about the mascot at one of its high schools.

Since 1927, the nickname for North Side High School has been the Redskins, a term many tribes and non-native people consider derogatory.

Fort Wayne Community Schools says when it was first adopted, the name was meant as a source of pride in local Native American heritage.

New Laws Expand Statewide Broadband Access

Jul 22, 2015
Payne Horning / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence ceremonially signed two bills into law today that will expand broadband Internet access across the state.  Pence says it’s legislation like this that’s driving down the state’s unemployment rate.

The new Broadband Ready Communities Development Center will team with local governments to encourage and approve communications projects that expand Internet access. Pence says last week, Nashville, Ind., became the first area in the state to be approved as broadband ready.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in more than seven years, falling below five percent in June.

The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 percent last month, the first time it’s been below five percent since February of 2008.  June marks the fifth consecutive month the rate has declined, and since January of 2013, only one other state – Rhode Island – has decreased its unemployment rate more than Indiana. 

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P.L. Travers' iconic English nanny, Mary Poppins, has been delighting audiences through the printed word, film and theater since 1934.

Now, thanks to director Jane Lanier, this classic musical is coming alive at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre stage, ready to capture hearts in a whole new way. 

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Annie E. Casey Foundation

Indiana is losing ground compared to other states when it comes to children’s overall well-being.  That’s according to new data from the Annie E Casey’s Foundation’s Kids Count report.  But the Indiana Youth Institute says the drop in rankings isn’t as bad as it sounds.

In the 2014 edition of Kids Count, Indiana ranked 27th in children’s overall well-being.  This year, that dropped to 32nd. 

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