BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN
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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — The family of a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate and a teacher at a suburban Indianapolis middle school is “still in shock” from the attack. A statement Tuesday from the law firm representing the boy also says his family’s “thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to those involved,” including wounded victims 13-year-old Ella Whistler and science teacher Jason Seaman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
INDIANA REPUBLICANS-PARTY PLATFORM
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is the latest powerful GOP leader that has joined social conservatives’ fight against proposed changes to the state Republican Party’s platform that would drop wording that favors “marriage between a man and a woman.” The Republican Victory Committee, a group of elected officials and party activists, said Wednesday that Bosma opposes the wording changes, which are friendly to same-sex couples and were pushed by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked GOP chairman. By Aileen Chuang. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 375 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
GRACE COLLEGE-BIRTH CONTROL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A northern Indiana college has won its long-running lawsuit seeking religious exemption from paying for employees’ birth control under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Journal Gazette reports that federal Judge Jon E. DiGuilio in South Bend issued a permanent injunction Monday sought by Grace College and Seminary. The ruling stops the enforcement of a portion of the law related to providing contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization through student and employee health insurance plans. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
CHICAGO — The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled against environmental groups that were seeking to stop a proposed 47-mile (75-kilometer) highway between Illinois and Indiana. The Environmental Law and Policy Center initially filed the lawsuit in 2014 against the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Courtney Dosch instructed children playing “Wax Museum” to be “super sneaky” as they made their way from the back of the Indiana State University recital hall to the stage. The Community School of the Arts theater instructor told the children they were to portray wax figures, and she was going to be a security guard. If she looked their way, they had to freeze or they were out of the game. The children were participating in a Community School of the Arts summer camp program called “Art Sampler,” with a theme of Discover Your Talents, in which they’ll do different activities in art, music, dance and theater, and they’ll also swim in the Student Recreation Center. By Sue Loughlin. Tribune-Star. SENT: 450 words, photos requested.
— INDIANA JAIL-FUMES: Authorities say four jail officers were sickened by suspected drug fumes emanating from a toilet at a jail in northeastern Indiana.
— CONSTRUCTION WORKER ATTACK: Authorities say three young people attacked a construction worker in central Indiana after he yelled at a driver to slow down.
— ISLAMIC CENTER-VANDALISM: Police have increased patrols near the Islamic Center of Bloomington following reports of cars being vandalized during nightly Ramadan gatherings.
— FEDERAL PROSECUTORS-INDIANA: The Justice Department is adding four assistant U.S. attorneys in the Southern District of Indiana.
— HOBART-TWO BODIES FOUND: The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the murder convictions and 195-year sentence of a Gary man in the 2015 slayings of two teenage brothers and a third person.
— GYPSY MOTHS-GRANGER: Residents in a northern Indiana neighborhood are battling an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars that are stripping trees bare of foliage.
— IU BREAST CANCER RESEARCH CENTER: Indiana University School of Medicine is launching a new research center focused on improving therapies for some aggressive types of breast cancer.
MILWAUKEE — IndyCar driver Scott Dixon is on a roll with four top-5 finishes, including a win last week at Belle Isle, over the last four races. That victory tied Dixon for third on the career victory list, with a stop at Fort Worth coming up this weekend. By Genaro C. Armas. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
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