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

March 9, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

R KELLY

CHICAGO _ R&B singer R. Kelly was released Saturday from a Chicago jail after someone paid $161,000 in back child support for him. Kelly had been locked up since Wednesday when a judge ordered that he be taken into custody because he did not have the entire amount he owed. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

With:

R KELLY-THE LATEST

ILLINOIS-SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

NEW BERLIN, Ill. _ Gov. J.B. Pritzker is pushing a multibillion-dollar state building program. Educators have an idea for how to use it: A long-dormant school construction program. The 20-year-old program provides a state funding match for adding classrooms or replacing obsolete buildings. But it hasn’t been funded for a decade and 285 school districts have been waiting as long as 15 years for grants. SENT: 950 words, photos.

CLIMATE CHANGE-VALVE TURNERS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An idea developed by indigenous peoples and environmentalists in Canada to protest an oil pipeline has been embraced in recent years by climate change activists in the U.S. who believe fossil fuels are precipitating a global warming crisis. But the energy industry and its advocates say the fledgling tactic of turning pipeline emergency shut-off valves on private property amounts to domestic terrorism. Lawmakers in several states are considering stiffening penalties for so-called valve turners. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 920 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

OVERDOSE PREVENTION-TECHNOLOGY

EVANSTON, Ill. _ A one-time heroin user who now is an addiction counselor in suburban Chicago says he thinks he’s developed a way to prevent overdoses. The Chicago Tribune reports that Lucien Izraylov has created a smartphone app that would connect drug users with volunteers who will carry overdose-reversing medication to make sure they survive the drug use. SENT: 375 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MICHELLE OBAMA-ATHLETIC COMPEX: Michelle Obama’s Chicago high school alma mater is to name its new athletic complex after the former first lady.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Dallas Stars. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-PURDUE-NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. _ No. 11 Purdue tries to secure a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship when it meets Northwestern. The Boilermakers are tied for the lead with Michigan State and Michigan, who play each other on Saturday. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:30 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--UMKC-CHICAGO STATE: UMKC plays Chicago State at Jones Convocation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--DEPAUL-CREIGHTON: DePaul plays Creighton at CHI Health Center Omaha. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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