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

August 8, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Herbert 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

SCI--CLOSE TO THE SUN

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface. Liftoff is set for the pre-dawn hours of Saturday for this first-of-its-kind mission to a star. This is the first NASA spacecraft to be named after someone still alive. Eugene Parker, 91, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, predicted the existence of solar wind 60 years ago. He plans be at Cape Canaveral for the launch. United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy rocket is providing the muscle. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

SUBURBAN COUGAR WARNING

STREAMWOOD, Ill. — A big cat warning has been issued in a northwestern Chicago suburb. Authorities say the alert comes after a cougar was spotted late last month in Streamwood, about 10 miles west of O’Hare International Airport. A resident contacted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to report seeing the animal climb a tree at Surrey Woods Park. Biologists haven’t been able to confirm the sighting without tracks, photos or subsequent sightings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

HOOKING KIDS ON TECH

CHICAGO — Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games with depression and academic troubles, say it’s unethical for psychologists to be involved in tactics that risk harming kids’ well-being. Skeptics say the research is inconclusive, and they note that psychologists have been involved in other industries’ marketing and advertising for decades. By Lindsey Tanner and Matt O’Brien. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Former state Rep. Nick Sauer has withdrawn from the November election ballot after an ex-girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos of her online. The first-term Lake Barrington Republican resigned from the House of Representatives last week.

— SIU STUDENT DEATH: A judge says he intends to go ahead with next week’s sentencing of a man convicted in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student even though the man wants to fire his defense attorney.

— CANDIDATE’S MONEY GIVEAWAY: The Illinois attorney general’s office is looking at a Chicago mayoral candidate’s charitable foundation after he’s handed out more than $300,000 in cash and checks to local residents.

— CHILD’S BODY RECOVERED: Authorities have confirmed the body of a child recovered the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa is that of a child who fell into the water upstream on the Illinois side.

— KAYAKERS-BODY: Authorities say remains found by kayakers in a river in northern Illinois have been identified as those of a man missing since 2015.

— COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN-ADDICTION: The leader of a county board in suburban Chicago who went on leave to undergo treatment for a drug addiction says he’s ending his re-election campaign.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CHICAGO: An autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner says a Chicago man killed by police in June died from a single shot in the back that entered his spine and lungs. Maurice Granton’s family has claimed since the shooting that he was shot in the back.

— ILLINOIS VETERANS-PURPLE HEART: State officials honored about 5,000 Illinois Purple Heart recipients for service to the United States. The military veterans were honored Tuesday in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol.

— LENGTHY JAIL STAY: A man who has been held in a central Illinois jail since his arrest six years ago in the death of a Springfield man has been sentenced to 85 years in prison.

— DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT-BAKERIES: Class action status is being sought by filers of a lawsuit alleging black job candidates were passed over in favor of Hispanic workers at two Chicago-area bakeries.

— RIDE SHARING-LAW: Illinois legislation designed to ensure ride-share drivers undergo adequate background checks is now law. It requires that those applying to be ride-share drivers provide their full name and social security number, as well as their date of birth.

— INTERSTATE 290-LANE CLOSURES: State officials say there will be lane closures this week on Interstate 290 between Illinois 72 and Interstate 90. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the lane closures are necessary to make bridge repairs on southbound I-290.

SPORTS:

BBO--CUBS-ROYALS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chicago Cubs go for a series sweep over Kansas City. The Cubs will start Jose Quintana against the Royals, whose starter, Heath Fillmyer, is looking for his first big league victory. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT

BBA--YANKEES-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Luis Severino tries to get back on track when the New York Yankees go for a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Severino has lost his last three starts. Lucas Giolito pitches for the White Sox. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT

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