Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 8:30 a.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Ed White, followed by Herb McCann. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 Central.



DIXON, Ill. — Federal officials say human error caused a natural gas pipeline explosion that killed two men and left two others seriously injured in northern Illinois last year. SENT: 130 words.


— CHICAGO BUS-STABBINGS: Police say a woman who stabbed a man on a Chicago bus was killed when the man got control of the knife and stabbed her.

— RED CROSS-BLOOD DONATIONS: The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

— CHICAGO POLICE-DOUBLE SHOOTING: A Chicago police officer who was the subject of a lawsuit in the fatal shooting of a teenager and a grandmother is on trial for charges resulting from a bar fight.

— INDIGENT BURIALS: A ceremony to bury the indigent dead, the dead who were never identified and others will be held at a Catholic cemetery in Chicago.



SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his second start for the Giants, pitching against the Cubs, since coming off the disabled list from a 61-game absence with an inflamed pitching elbow. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9:15 p.m.


CHICAGO — Jose Abreu and the Chicago White Sox open a two-game series against Jose Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Starts at 7:10 p.m.


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