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Editorial: First take

Enhancing AP

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett this morning is announcing plans to increase the number of Hoosier high school students who graduate with Advanced Placement credit. The state education department will partner with Notre Dame, the National Math and Science Initiative and local schools to pursue the goal.

Skillman in area

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is making several stops in northeast Indiana today.

This morning, she will be in an Angola to hear from local officials about downtown revitalization. At noon, she addresses Albion’s Rotary Club. In the afternoon she travels to Shipshewana for an update on the 26-mile Pumpkinvine Trail.

Stage collapse

Members of the Indiana State Fair Commission will receive two investigation reports on the deadly stage collapse at last summer’s fair at their meeting this morning.

Tracking tax breaks

Some candidates for Allen County Council this year are calling for the council to more closely track whether companies that receive tax abatements achieve the investment and job growths forecast when they receive them.

The issue, it turns out, is hardly confined to Allen County. A new report says failure to track the effectiveness of tax breaks is a nationwide problem.