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

July 21, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



BRANSON, Mo. — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely would not have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. Tia Coleman says the family first went to the wrong duck boat business but switched out their tickets for the 6:30 p.m. ride. Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew were the only survivors out of the 11 family members who set off on the tourist boat Thursday night. Also killed was a grandmother from Illinois who was on a trip with her granddaughter. The 12-year-old says her grandmother saved her when the boat sank. SENT: 1200 words, photo, video.




EDWARDSVILLE — A mosaic mural in western Illinois that once caused controversy for its depiction of a freed black slave is at risk of being destroyed. The Edwardsville mural in the old City Hall building originally featured a freed slave with ropes dangling from his wrists. It was changed about 30 years ago to feature a farmer with a hoe over his shoulder after public backlash. The building’s last occupants have relocated and officials have approved a developer’s plan to buy and demolish the facility, the Belleville News-Democrat reported . Developer Randy Gori estimates that demolition will begin six months after closing the deal. SENT: 375 words.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The government can’t strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a Pakistan-born man serving the last few years of a 20-year prison sentence for his guilty plea to plotting to destroy New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. The case involves Iyman Faris, who was sentenced in 2003 for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the bridge as part of a plot to cut through cables that support it. His case was among the first and highest-profile terrorism cases after the Sept. 11 attacks. The government filed in Illinois because Faris was imprisoned there. He’s since been moved to the federal prison in Terre haute, Indiana. SENT: 425 words, photo.


URBANA, Ill. — In 1896, when the University of Illinois Quad had only a handful of buildings, the school’s new observatory was part of the original South Farms, just north of the Morrow Plots. “It was built on a little hill on the edge of campus,” astronomy Professor Bryan Dunne notes. So it was really dark at night. Perfect for looking at the stars. Now, the UI Observatory has neighbors in every direction, and you can see Champaign-Urbana’s light pollution from miles away on the highway. Yet the observatory and its 12-inch refractor continue to work, though a motor has replaced rope as the method for moving the dome. By Paul Wood. The News-Gazette. SENT: 600 words, photo.


BEECHER, Ill. — Beecher Muskies manager Fred LeSage still remembers Todd Sippel’s first season with the Muskies. “He was 19 years old and couldn’t hit a lick,” LeSage said. “Him and this other guy were fighting over playing time, and they would always get into it, and I just wanted to cut them both.” Thirty years later, the 49-year-old Sippel still spends his summers donning the Muskie blue and white, now as a much better hitter. By Mason Schweier. The Daily Journal. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


— STATE WORKER SAFETY: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable positions.

— ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD: Around 40 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers based in Peoria have returned home from Afghanistan.

— LEGIOANNAIRES’ DISEASE-LAWSUIT: The family of another veteran who died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease at an Illinois veterans’ home is suing the state for negligence.



CHICAGO — The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs play a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. St. Louis pounded Chicago 18-5 on Friday behind Matt Carpenter’s three homers and seven RBIs. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game 1 begins at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 starts at 7:15 p.m.


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SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez returns from the disabled list on Saturday night as the Seattle Mariners host the Chicago White Sox. Hernandez went on the DL on July 10 due to stiffness in his lower back. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Kyle Long is feeling old, though it has nothing to do with the long line of injuries and surgeries that limited the Chicago Bears’ star guard. It’s his teammates. “I don’t know half of the references they make to pop culture,” he said. What Long does know is he’s feeling better, and his health is a big key if the Bears are going to start to climb in the NFC North. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words.



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