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

June 9, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. 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. Herbert McCann is on the desk. All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

INDIANA REPUBLICANS-PARTY PLATFORM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana Republican Party is holding a convention where delegates are set to vote on a party platform that could eliminate language calling for marriage to only be between “a man and a woman.” The wording change was supported by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked party chairman. But social conservatives have fought back fiercely. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-TEENAGE TEACHER

GARY, Ind. — A year after Gary teenager Raven Osborne earned her bachelor’s degree before obtaining her high school diploma and garnering renown across the country, she has embarked on a teaching career. Last year when Osborne was an 18-year-old senior at 21st Century Charter School in Gary, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in early childhood education from Purdue University Northwest in Hammond May 5, several days before she earned her high school diploma from the charter school. By Carmen McCollum. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 695 words.

EXCHANGE-COLE PORTER GARDEN

PERU — Violets, marigolds, eglantines, columbines, hollyhocks and phlox. Broadway composer Cole Porter mentioned all of them in his 1919 song called “Old Fashioned Garden.” And for decades, Susan Jordan has been growing those same flowers at the same farm in rural Peru that many believe inspired the song that became Porter’s first commercially successful composition. Jordan and her husband have lived at the farm since 1973, when they bought the property and house that belonged to Porter’s step-grandmother from the early 1900s until her death in the 1940s. Today, Jordan, a 74-year-old native of Bloomington, has embraced her house’s likely role in inspiring a young Cole Porter. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 700 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

—ST. JOSEPH COUNTY-SHERIFF: The race for the Democratic nomination for St. Joseph County sheriff has tightened to 12 votes.

—COAL TO DIESEL PLANT: Residents near the southern Indiana site of a proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant say they’ll bring their concerns about the pollution it would generate to a public meeting this week.

—BEANBLOSSOM NATURE PRESERVE: A southern Indiana nature preserve is growing by more than 80 acres after a conservation group acquired a swampy tract that’s home to endangered species.

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