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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development will stop issuing an additional $600 to recipients of unemployment benefits on July 25, but many Hoosiers say it needs to be extended or replaced.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 37 additional confirmed deaths since Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,158. The state announced more than 38,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 315,000 Hoosiers tested.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be opening to the public in July, officials announced Thursday.

On July 4, the zoo plans to fully open at normal capacity, in compliance with the Gov. Eric Holcomb’s current orders.

Bonnie Kemp spokeswoman for the zoo says they always said they would follow the guidance of the state and health professionals on when they could reopen.

In light of coronavirus concerns continuing on into the summer, several cities are deciding to keep public pools closed for the season.

Thursday, Fort Wayne announced that while many parks and facilities would re-open, city pools would remain closed. Earlier this week, New Haven announced they wouldn’t be reopening Jury Pool for the summer.

Mike Clendenen is the superintendent of New Haven’s Parks and Recreation department. He says the decision not to reopen this year was a difficult one to make.


Thousands of people turned up for Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market this weekend as the vendors moved outside onto Parkview Field.

The market announced last week they would be moving onto the field in order to comply with continued social distancing recommendations. Vendors wore masks and set up their booths ten feet apart, unsure how much of a crowd to expect.

Sarah Allison owns Evananne Macarons with her husband. She says they were glad to continue to be a part of the Farmers Market in the new space.


The Allen County Public Library began curbside delivery for hold materials today at most of its locations due to a demand from customers.

Allen County Public Library customers can now pick up their holds at most of the library branches around the county. Customers with hold requests waiting for them can pull into the library parking lot and have the materials placed in their trunks.

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Last summer, Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson announced that she would retire from her post in June 2020, after 17 years in the district’s top spot. The search for her replacement is moving forward.


Libraries across the country have had to close their doors in response to COVID-19, cutting off in-person programming and services that communities may rely on. Libraries in northeast Indiana are working hard to figure out the best ways to continue to serve people and offer resources directly to their homes.

To parents or children, the sound of a library storytime might be familiar. It’s an opportunity for children to sit together and engage in a story while a librarian reads aloud to them.

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The number of people killed by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, continues to inch upward in northeast Indiana.


Allen County reported an additional two deaths and 33 new diagnosis of the virus over the weekend, bringing the totals to 23 dead and 311 infected.

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Several groups from Fort Wayne’s southeast side are encouraging residents to safely come together this Sunday afternoon for a curbside barbecue.

From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, representatives from several community groups, including Utopian Community Grocery, Faith United Methodist Church and The Human Agricultural Cooperative will be handing out food and supplies to residents who come by Big Momma’s Kitchen on Oxford Street.