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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

March 6, 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL TESTING-ILLINOIS

CHICAGO _ Illinois third through eighth graders will be given a new, shorter standardized test called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness this month instead of the widely criticized PARCC exam. State Board of Education spokeswoman Jackie Matthews told the Chicago Tribune that the new test is about a third shorter than the PARCC exam and will have other significant differences, including a shorter wait for results, more locally created questions, a computer adaptive test model customized for each student. SENT: 310 words.

GIRLFRIEND ABUSE SENTENCE

WAILUKU, Hawaii _ Authorities say a man was on parole for a domestic battery conviction from Illinois when he abused a woman in Hawaii last year. The Maui News reports 29-year-old Royce Turner was sentenced last month on Maui to one year in jail after he was found guilty of misdemeanor abuse and interference with reporting a crime. His former girlfriend told authorities that Turner placed his hands on her throat to choke her in Kihei in August. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

_POLICE TORTURE-SETTLEMENT: The price tag of a police torture scandal that’s already cost Chicago more than $100 million will likely grow after city attorneys recommended paying $5.25 million to a man who alleges he was beaten into confessing to a murder he didn’t commit.

—SLAYING CONFESSION-PLEA: An Indiana man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges accusing him of killing a woman in Illinois more than four years ago.

—WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-LAYOFFS: Western Illinois University has laid off 132 employees due to budget difficulties.

—STOLEN PROSTHETIC LEG: A children’s hospital in St. Louis is replacing a 3-year-old southern Illinois boy’s prosthetic leg that was stolen in a car break-in.

—U OF ILLINOIS-COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: The University of Illinois says the alumnus who made the largest donation on record to the school will be its commencement speaker this year.

—FEBRUARY WEATHER-ILLINOIS: Weather experts say February was cold and stormy in Illinois with above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures.

—GAMBLING ADDICTION-WEBSITE: Illinois is launching a new state website aimed at helping people affected by gambling addictions.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers on Tuesday try to rebound from a rare home loss when the Chicago Bulls come to town. It’s the final game in a three-game home stand and it’s the last stop before a key road trip. The Bulls have played better lately, winning six of their last 10. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. CT.

BKW-BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

Iowa and Maryland tussled for the Big Ten title all season, with the Terrapins emerging as the outright champions despite a loss at Iowa in late February. The Hawkeyes might get another crack at the Terps in Indianapolis this weekend with a shot at their first Big Ten tournament title since 2001 on the line. Maryland (26-3, 15-3 Big Ten) clinched its fourth title in five seasons as a member of the Big Ten when it held off Illinois 71-62 on Saturday. Iowa (23-6, 14-4), which finished a win shy of a share of its first league championship in 11 seasons, will be seeded second. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 740 words, photos.

Also:

—FBN--BEARS-ACHO: The Chicago Bears have released eight-year veteran linebacker Sam Acho. SENT: 110 words.

—BKC--NORTHERN ILLINOIS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN

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