BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL
Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.
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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD
CHICAGO — A prosecutor said Tuesday three Chicago police officers violated public trust by trying to cover up what happened when a white officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. Attorneys presented opening statements in the trial of David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney on charges of felony conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They are accused of falsifying reports to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014. The defense attorney for March said the former detective acted properly. By Don Babwin. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
JAILED LITHUANIAN-PEDOPHILE RING
CHICAGO — Arguments before an appeals court over a request to halt the extradition of an ex-Lithuanian legislator jailed in Chicago focused on whether an anti-pedophilia movement she headed in Lithuania qualifies as a rebellion. Neringa Venckiene’s attorney told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that Venckiene qualifies for protections barring extraditions for alleged crimes stemming from political upheaval. He said prosecuting her was Lithuania’s bid “to cut off the head of the insurrection.” By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 350 words.
OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her prove law officers were to blame. Sophia Wilansky was injured during a violent November 2016 clash between protesters and police during the unsuccessful months-long protest in North Dakota against the $3.8 billion pipeline that began carrying oil to Illinois in June 2017. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly convenes Tuesday for the final three days of its fall legislative session. The focus this week is on the House. It is poised to take override action on vetoed legislation which the Senate voted to reverse two weeks ago. By John O’Connor. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.
DES MOINES, Iowa — American farmers still working to get out their remaining soybeans after a weather-plagued harvest season are struggling to figure out what to do with a record crop now their traditionally dominant export market is largely closed. Usually by this point in the year, 100-car trains filled with North Dakota soybeans would be moving to ports on the West Coast destined for China. But this year is different, after China all but stopped buying U.S. soybeans in response to President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs. Fearful of economic failure, farmers are frantically trying to determine how to store a potentially 1 billion-bushel surplus until it can be sold at a decent price. By David Pitt. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— LINCOLN PRIZE-BUSH: Former President George W. Bush will receive a prestigious leadership prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. The foundation says Bush will receive the 2019 Lincoln Leadership Prize during a ceremony on April 1 in Chicago. With AP Photo.
CHICAGO — The Vegas Golden Knights visit Chicago, which could see Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini make their Blackhawks debut after being acquired Sunday in a trade with Arizona. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT
CHICAGO — Loyola-Chicago hosts No. 5 Nevada in a matchup between teams that met in the Sweet Sixteen last season. The Ramblers beat the Wolf Pack on the way to the school’s first Final Four since winning a barrier-busting NCAA championship in 1963. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. CT.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame (5-1) plays the final of seven straight home games to start the season when Illinois visits Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois (2-4) snapped a four-game skid with a win Sunday over Mississippi Valley State. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 6 p.m. CT
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