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

May 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



BETTENDORF, Iowa _ When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, the overflowing water covered 400,000 square miles and caused dozens of deaths in a disaster dubbed “The Great Flood of 1993.” But when the river exceeded those levels this week along parts of the river, the flooding affected much less land. Officials say the difference comes down largely to actions taken by communities following the 1993 flood, such as the erection of floodwalls and temporary flood barriers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


—SPRING FLOODING: The death toll from the latest round of Midwestern flooding has claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to record levels in some communities. By Jim Salter and Heather Hollingsworth. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

—SPRING FLOODING-ILLINOIS: Portions of Illinois are preparing for high Mississippi River waters as forecasts show rising levels in the coming days. SENT: 140 words.


MARION, Ill. _ Police say five people from Memphis, Tennessee, heading to a funeral in Chicago were killed in a crash in southern Illinois. Illinois State Police said Friday that the driver of an SUV and its four passengers died Thursday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Franklin County. Police say the SUV crashed into the back of a semitrailer. One SUV passenger and the truck driver survived. Family friend Quincy Jones of Memphis tells The Southern Illinoisan that the group was traveling to Chicago for a funeral. SENT: 140 words.


APEX, N.C. _ The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require that service dogs be professionally trained, and experts say that makes vulnerable families easy prey for incompetent or unscrupulous trainers. Officials in North Carolina and Virginia are currently investigating two nonprofits for alleged fraud affecting dozens of families. Properly training a service dog can take up to a year and a half and cost upward of $50,000, depending on the tasks being trained. But about half of all dogs wash out. By Allen G. Breed. SENT: 2,000 words, photos. An abridged version has moved. Illinois editors note state interest.



ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. _ A Marine veteran is trying to locate, repair and catalog items at an American Legion Post in northern Illinois ahead of its 100-year anniversary. Some items at the Geneva American Legion Post 75 have mildewed because of exposure to moisture over the years. Matthew Lutz says he’s excited to find items from past battles, adding that he has already discovered a beret that belonged to a Geneva native who survived Pearl Harbor. Lutz served in the Marine Corps from 2004 to 2012. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos pursuing.



SAN FRANCISCO _ After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply to both Facebook’s main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 870 words, photo.


—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS-VISITATION: A public visitation is planned Friday for a 5-year-old Illinois boy whose parents are charged with murder in his death. Will be updated. Photos pursuing.

—SINGER-CHILD PORN CHARGES: A former YouTube star with a large teenage following is scheduled to be sentenced in Chicago federal court for coercing six girls to send him sexually explicit videos. Will be updated.

—STATE REPRESENTATIVE-DUI: Illinois State Police have arrested state Rep. Steven Reick on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol. Photo.

—BOY SLAIN-ILLINOIS: A judge has appointed a special public defender to represent an Illinois man charged in the death of his 5-year-old son. Photo.

—EX-CHIEF’S SON-FATAL BEATING: Three people accused in the beating death of the son of a former Chicago Fire Department chief have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

—VETERANS ART EXHIBIT: More than 50 veteran artists from across the country will be in Chicago for an art summit and the launch of new exhibits.

—EYE SURGEON-NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT: A patient is suing a suburban Chicago ophthalmologist, saying the doctor operated on the wrong eye and then operated on the correct eye without proper anesthesia.



CHICAGO _ The Chicago Cubs and NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series Friday between surging rivals. The Cubs have won four in a row, while the Cardinals had won five straight prior to Thursday’s game against Washington. Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago, with Jack Flaherty going for St. Louis. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m. CT.


CHICAGO _ Chris Sale, eyeing his first win of the season, meets his former team as the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game series Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time all-star is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts. Reynaldo Lopez, who struck out a career-high 14 against Detroit on Sunday, pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


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