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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30pm, IL

November 30, 2018

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 chifax@ap.org. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

ILLINOIS-OUT-OF-STATE ABORTIONS

CHICAGO — A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says more women have been crossing state lines to get abortions in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that the findings released this week show more than 5,500 women from other states traveled to Illinois last year for the procedure, up from about 4,500 women in 2016. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHIEF ILLINIWEK

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A top University of Illinois official says a new campus committee won’t be choosing a replacement for the school’s former Chief Illiniwek mascot. The new Commission on Native Imagery: Healing and Reconciliation met for the first time Thursday on the Urbana-Champaign campus. It was established following the September release of a university report suggesting adoption of a new sports mascot and traditions to replace the Chief Illiniwek portrayal that was dropped in 2007 after complaints from American Indians that it was offensive. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GREAT LAKES-INVASIVE MUSSELS: A coalition of agencies and groups in the Great Lakes region has released a plan for developing solutions to problems caused by invasive mussels. The mussels arrived in the lakes in the 1980s and have spread across much of the nation.

— DULLES-PORTUGAL: A Portuguese airline is launching nonstop service between that nation’s capital and the Washington, D.C., region. TAP Air Portugal said Thursday that roundtrip service between Lisbon and Dulles International Airport will begin in June. The airline also announced service between Lisbon and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport launching in June.

— GARY CASINOS: Some former Indiana casino executives are behind a new company buying the two Gary casinos with aims of moving them off the Lake Michigan shore.

— GREAT LAKES-INVASIVE MUSSELS: A coalition of agencies and groups in the Great Lakes region has released a plan for developing solutions to problems caused by invasive mussels.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-PISTONS

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons try on Friday night for a fourth straight win when they host a Chicago Bulls team that has lost four in a row. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 6 p.m.

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