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Pence has 10 days to accept VP nod from Trump

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Rumors continue to swirl around Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Speculation continues on whether Donald Trump will pick Pence as a running mate.

One of Trump’s former top aides is weighing in on a possible Pence selection, as is a fellow Midwestern governor.

Pence only has ten days to make the decision to continue in the race for governor, or join Donald Trump as the vice presidential candidate.

The governor spent the Fourth of July walking parades in Greene and Hamilton counties. This is after spending the weekend in New Jersey meeting with Trump.

He said the two of them talked about family. He also said they discussed the future of Indiana and the country.

Now the people closest to him are talking about the possible Trump-Pence ticket

“I do think, when you look at Governor Pence, he’s the type of person who can help unite the party,” said Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager. “He has a number of years of Washington, D.C. experience. He was part of the leadership there. He’s gone back now and served as the chief executive of a very important state, a state that Donald Trump is going to need to win in order to be successful in this election.”

“Mike Pence is a great guy, he certainly would help in terms of party unity,” said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. “I was just down two weekends ago helping him out in his reelection for governor of Indiana. My guess is Mike’s gonna stay focused on that.”

If Pence accepts the VP nod, the State Republican Committee will choose a new candidate for governor. 24-Hour News 8’s political reporter Jim Shella says the two likely candidates will be newly appointed Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb or House Speaker Brian Bosma.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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