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BC-IL--Illinois News Coverage Advisory, IL

March 21, 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. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

R KELLY-DUBAI

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates _ Dubai has found itself entangled in the sex abuse case against American R&B singer R. Kelly. The performer is asking a U.S. judge to allow him to come to the Arabian Peninsula sheikhdom to perform shows and “meet with the royal family.” Officials in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Thursday regarding the singer’s request. By Jon Gambrell and Malak Harb. SENT: 700 words, photo.

SOUTHERN FLOOD THREAT

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook report. NOAA said in an advisory that the threat of flooding in Southern states this spring is “potentially historic.” By Jeff Martin. SENT: 280 words, photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

—CHILD ABUSE DEATH: A woman and a young man from Chicago have been charged in the child abuse death of the woman’s 2-year-old son, who had sores and bruises on his body.

—POLICE CHIEF-EAVESDROPPING CHARGE: A former northern Illinois police chief has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly recording a conversation with her boss.

—FUNERAL HOME-MISUSED FUNDS: A former treasurer of a defunct northwestern Indiana funeral home who allegedly misused funds set aside for customers’ funerals has been placed on probation for a year and ordered to pay more than $15,000 in restitution.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-BRADLEY-MICHIGAN STATE

DES MOINES, Iowa _ Second-seeded Michigan State opens NCAA tournament play Thursday with what it hopes will be a deep run when it faces No. 15 Bradley. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2 p.m. CT.

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks as things get going with a full slate of games. Also in action are perennial powers Kansas and Michigan State along with Ja Morant and Murray State. By Dave Skretta. SENT 950 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-EAST REGION PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Zion Williamson and top-seeded Duke, after an enthralling run to the ACC Tournament title, look to start another run to the NCAA championship when it kicks off tournament play against 16th-seeded North Dakota State in the East Region on Friday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words.

HKN--GLOBAL SERIES

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will open next season in Prague and the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning will play two games in Stockholm as part of the NHL’s Global Series. Chicago and Philadelphia will face off in the Czech Republic’s capital Oct. 4. Buffalo and Tampa Bay play their games in Sweden’s capital on Nov. 8 and 9. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 490 words, photo.

HKN--FLYERS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO _ The Chicago Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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