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December 20, 2018

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. Rick Callahan is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The man accused of killing four people in a Nashville Waffle House used to send his father text messages in which he punctuated everyday chitchat with delusional rants. Police say the 29-year-old Travis Reinking was nearly naked, only wearing a green jacket, when he opened fire outside the restaurant on April 22 and then stormed inside. By the time of the shooting, Reinking’s erratic behavior had already come to the attention of law enforcement, including the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois, where he lived part-time. By Travis Loller. SENT: 870 words with photo.

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS

BILLINGS, Mont. _ The Trump administration miscalculated potential damages from train derailments when it canceled an Obama-era rule requiring the installation of more advanced brakes by railroads hauling explosive fuels, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used by the administration to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages that could be avoided by using electronic brakes, and the error could stoke renewed criticism from supporters of the rule who say the analysis was biased. There have been fiery crashes and fuel spills in Illinois and several other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 760 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EARNS-WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE

DEERFIELD, Ill. _ Walgreens Boots Alliance topped Wall Street forecasts for its fiscal first quarter, helped partially by a sales boost provided by stores acquired from smaller rival Rite Aid. Revenue for the drugstore chain jumped about 10 percent to $33.8 billion, with the Rite Aid stores accounting for much of that growth in the global company’s U.S. division. Walgreens spent more than $4 billion to acquire nearly 2,000 stores from Rite Aid in a deal it closed last year. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SPRINGFIELD-PANHANDLING: A federal judge has ordered the city of Springfield to pay another $54,000 to civil rights attorneys who represented two panhandlers in a legal fight over the city’s anti-panhandling laws. UPCOMING: 130 word.s

_ CAHOKIA MOUNDS-HUMANITIES GRANT: The support group for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has been awarded a $100,000 grant for digital projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

_ TRAIN SAFETY-FUNDING: A suburban Chicago commuter rail agency will get more than $2 million from the federal government to implement a computerized system that will make train travel safer for passengers and rail workers.

_ DEA AGENT CHARGED: Federal prosecutors have offered fresh details in the rare case of a Chicago DEA agent accused of serving as a mole for Puerto Rican-based drug traffickers, saying he sought the prestigious agency job solely to protect the crime syndicate.

SPORTS:

HKN--BLACKHAWKS-STARS

DALLAS _ The Stars face Chicago after opening an extended stretch of mostly home games by beating Calgary to stop a four-game losing streak. Dallas swept the season series with the Blackhawks last season for the first time in more than 10 years. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

BKC--NORTHERN ILLINOIS-NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Northern Illinois plays Northern Kentucky at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky.

BKC--CHICAGO STATE-WESTERN ILLINOIS

Chicago State plays Western Illinois at Western Hall.

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