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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN

May 12, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

HIRING EX-OFFENDERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ An organization is connecting Indiana businesses with ex-offenders in an effort to address a tight labor market and help people who are struggling to find work after leaving jail or prison. SENT: 370 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-GOAT YOGA

BEDFORD, Ind. _ Faced with raising hundreds of dollars to buy trophies for kids competing at the fair this summer, 4-H Goat Club Leader Amanda Curren got to thinking about a fundraising event. “Something different,” she said, “that people might get some benefit from. Something fun.” She had access to a big open-sided barn at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. And among her 92 club members was a plethora of young goats being raised for this year’s fair competition the week of July 15, just a few months away. “I heard that goat yoga was a thing,” said Curren, who has never stepped into a downward dog pose or the Warrior 1 position. By Laura Lane. The Herald-Times. SENT: 700 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-ACRES OF AZALEAS

HAZELTON, Ind. _ The gorgeous, blooming shrubs. The winding paths. The secret fairy gardens. The cozy, off-the-beaten-path seats. The Azalea Path Botanical Garden and Arboretum is the Tri-State’s very own Secret Garden. “This is everybody’s yard,” said Beverly Knight, who owns the Garden and Arboretum in Hazelton with her husband Stephen. It is just an hour from Evansville and is a hidden gem. Yet for people in the know, it’s a popular outdoor springtime destination. By Aimee Blume. Evansville Courier & Press. SENT: 650 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA DUNES-CAMPING: Indiana Dunes National Park says visitors can reserve campsites, beginning Wednesday.

_ POWER PLANT-HOUSING: An old power plant along the Eel River could be turned into housing in Logansport.

_ ROKITA-AMTRAK: A group that speaks for train passengers wants the Senate to reject the nomination of a former Indiana congressman for Amtrak’s board of directors.

SPORTS:

TRIPLE-A-POWER SURGE

Balls are flying out of Triple-A ballparks like never before, coinciding with a switch in baseballs to the major league model. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,094 words, photos.

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