Serco: Britain-based contractor announces deal that could bring hundreds of new logistics jobs to Fort Wayne.
Mastodons: IPFW men’s basketball team comes oh-so-close to the Big Dance, losing NCAA automatic berth in 60-57 loss to North Dakota State. IPFW had its best record since joining Division One.
University of Saint Francis: Steel Dynamics Foundation donates $1 million to support student scholarships at the Fort Wayne campus.
Glenn Ford: After 29 years on death row, Louisiana man is exonerated and released. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die by electrocution for the robbery and murder of a watchmaker. A witness for the prosecution said she lied in her testimony in Ford’s trial.
Children: Indiana Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, has failed again to get a hearing for his bill to restore subsidies for families who permanently adopt foster kids. For at least one more year, Indiana will remain the only state in the union that doesn’t make such subsidies available.
Jan Brewer: Arizona governor who faced intense pressure before vetoing anti-gay discrimination bill announces she won’t seek re-election. Her announcement comes on the heels of report indicating Brewer’s own staff worked on the controversial bill for six weeks before its approval.
Mounds State Park: One of east central Indiana’s few publicly held lands could be reduced by a third if plans for a Mounds Lake reservoir proceed. Critics believe the Adena-Hopewell Indian mounds located in the state park would be subjected to a greater threat of flooding and erosion with the project.
Connersville: East central Indiana community declares a financial emergency, with its ability to meet payroll in April at risk. The city was left holding the bag after it pitched in millions of dollars toward the failed Carbon Motors police car project, which was extensively promoted by state economic development officials.
Malik Stewart: After losing in a Minnesota wrestling tournament, he went to his opponent’s dad – who is dying of cancer and has only a few months to live – and gave him a hug. Stewart, who lost his own father when he was 7, told him to stay strong.
Hunein Maassab: His life’s work inspired by development of the polio vaccine, Syrian-born physician/researcher developed the nasal-spray flu vaccine – known as FluMist. He died at 87 in North Carolina.
Melba Hernandez: One of two women who helped Fidel Castro launch his revolutionary battle with a failed 1953 attack on a military barracks. She was later named a heroine of the Cuban Revolution. She died Sunday at 92.