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

August 10, 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 Ken Kusmer.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CHICAGO — Jury selection is starting in the trial of two men charged in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed with her high school band at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. Honor student Hadiya Pendleton was with friends at a park 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Obama’s Chicago home in January 2013 when she was shot. “She had so much to look forward to at that moment,” said Shatira Wilks, Hadiya’s cousin. “And it was all just taken away.” Jury selection for the trial of Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams begins Friday. Two juries will be chosen for the trial because of the defendants’ competing defenses. Testimony is expected to start as soon as Tuesday. SENT: 300 words, photos.


When LaShell Eikerenkoetter cast her vote for Wesley Bell in the St. Louis County Democratic primary on Tuesday, she took the spirit of Michael Brown with her to the ballot box. She had a sole purpose on Election Day: Get rid of Bob McCulloch , the veteran prosecutor who did not get an indictment against the white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot the unarmed, black 18-year-old four years ago this week. Bell’s 57 percent to 43 percent victory over McCulloch, a white prosecutor first elected in 1990, is the latest win for the Black Lives Matter movement, which has increasingly shifted from protest to local politics in recent years. Voters concerned with the killing of unarmed black people by police have made their voices heard from Ferguson to Cleveland to Chicago. By Haines Whack. SENT: 900 words, photos.



EAST CHICAGO — Residents in a northwest Indiana Superfund site have expressed concerns after learning that in some cases a contractor is only replacing a portion of homeowners’ lead pipes. East Chicago started a multi-million dollar project last year to replace lead service lines in hundreds of homes in the lead- and arsenic-contaminated area. Project oversight manager George Kovacich says Hasse Construction isn’t carrying out full replacements in homes with finished basements because the company isn’t contracted to tear out walls. SENT: 300 words.


PORTLAND, Maine — Two unions representing about 1,000 Consolidated Communication workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have approved three-year contracts, their first under Illinois-based Consolidated Communications, officials said Friday. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America announced the outcome of voting, the last of which occurred Thursday night. SENT: 300 words.


OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program. Olive Branch police have charged Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St. Aubin, 29, both of Creal Springs, Illinois. Both men are being held on more than $600,000 bail and are supposed to be returned to Mississippi in coming days. SENT: 300 words.


— POLICE OFFICER SHOT-CARBONDALE: A Kansas man has been indicted on charges that he fired the shots that wounded a southern Illinois police officer during a chase two years ago. Alex B. Karcher of Salina, Kansas, is charged with firing several shots at Carbondale Officer Trey Harris. Officials say one shot wounded Harris in the eye, causing him to lose vision.

— STATE JOBS-RAUNER: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there’s good reason to put them elsewhere. The Republican’s action is designed to save state money — and Springfield’s pride. It makes Sangamon County the “default location” for government employees.

— STRAY ANIMALS-CHICAGO: Chicago has a new strategy to return lost animals to their owners more quickly and keep them out of the city’s animal shelter. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the city’s animal control officers will now carry mobile microchip scanners. They’ll be able to scan lost pets that have been implanted with microchips to determine the owner’s address.



CHICAGO — Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. Kyle Hendricks tries to win his third straight start for Chicago, with Jeremy Hellickson pitching for Washington. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1:20 p.m. CT.


—BBN--CUBS MOVES: The Chicago Cubs have signed veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and transferred righty Yu Darvish to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him on the 40-man roster.


CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians open a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox. Rookie Shane Bieber starts for Cleveland, and Carlos Rodon goes for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:10 p.m. CT.


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