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

July 6, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, telling reporters that he’s focused on two or three people ahead of his Monday announcement. Trump was at his private golf club in New Jersey Friday and planned to spend the weekend there, consulting with advisers as he picks his court nominee amid intense jockeying from various factions seeking to influence the choice. The president planned to have dinner Friday night with Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been meeting with candidates as part of the vetting process. The president’s top contenders include federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, with federal appeals court judge Thomas Hardiman still considered in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Ken Thomas. SENT: 960 words, photos.



NEW YORK — After the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, China retaliated by imposing tariffs on the same amount of U.S. products. Here’s a look at reaction from some of the U.S. industries affected. SENT: 600 words, photos.



CHICAGO — Police say the deaths of a young girl and a man who were found following an apartment building fire in Chicago are being investigated as a possible homicide and suicide. The fire was reported Thursday night near Douglas Park on the city’s southwest side and police say a 51-year-old man and 5-year-old girl died. A police statement says the deaths are believed to be “domestic-related,” but the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing. The state fire marshal’s office and the Chicago Fire Department are involved in the investigation along with Chicago police. SENT: 100 words.


CHICAGO — An agricultural program in Chicago is providing transitional job training to former inmates and veterans at a new urban farm. Windy City Harvest Corps is a 14-week Chicago Botanic Garden program. The program helps previously incarcerated individuals and veterans find full-time employment in the agriculture industry. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Harvest Corps is managing Farm on Ogden, which promotes healthy food habits in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The new 20,000-square-foot facility will provide training to more than 100 people in its first year. It’s also expected to aggregate more than 177,000 pounds of produce annually. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— BEAUTY AIDS-NEVADA FRAUD: A 56-year-old former Nevada woman has pleaded guilty to fraud and misbranded medical devices charges in a case alleging she sold unapproved weight loss and beauty products from China. U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Trisha Young says Kelly Luanne Schaible of Barrington, Illinois, could face more than 20 years in federal prison following her guilty pleas Friday in Las Vegas.

— BEACH HAZARDS-LAKE MICHIGAN: The National Weather Service in Chicago is warning of hazardous beach conditions along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Cook County and northwestern Indiana.

— FEDERAL FUNDING-AMERICORPS: Sixteen community service programs in Illinois will receive more than $16 million dollars in federal funding.

— TEENS SHOT-CHICAGO: Three teenage boys have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s Homan Square neighborhood.



CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Montgomery starts for Chicago, with Tyler Mahle pitching for Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET.


HOUSTON — The White Sox will take on the Astros in the second game of the teams’ 4-game weekend series. Houston defeated Chicago 4-3 Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.


Anthony Duclair is a bit embarrassed about bouncing around to various teams and taking a league-minimum, one-year deal. Duclair signed a $650,000 contract Friday for next season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, his fourth NHL team. He’s been traded twice and last week became an unrestricted free agent when the Chicago Blackhawks decided not to offer him a contract to retain his rights. Columbus was one of a few teams interested in signing Duclair, a 2013 third-round pick who won a world junior gold medal with Canada and spent time with the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes and Blackhawks. The one-time 20-goal scorer remains unfilled potential after parts of four NHL seasons. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 460 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS — Kayla McBride scored 28 points and the Las Vegas Aces pulled ahead of the Chicago Sky in the WNBA standings with an 84-80 win on Thursday night. McBride’s driving layup with 2:14 left made it 80-77, and the Aces (7-12) made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch. A’ja Wilson was fouled on a putback and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a two-possession game with 31.2 seconds left. SENT: 130 words.


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