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

May 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO _ The family of the baby cut from his mother’s womb after she was strangled is asking the suburban Chicago hospital why authorities weren’t immediately notified when staffers realized another woman claiming to be the mother was lying. Family spokeswoman Cecilia Garcia says a member of a church group representing the family asked Advocate Christ Medical Center at a meeting Monday for copies of protocols it follows after receiving a baby who was born at home. SENT: 170 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY _ A tornado has touched down near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes. The tornado came amid powerful storms in Oklahoma and Missouri that also closed an interstate and flipped campers at a raceway. Storms could bring more tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Tuesday. By Ken Miller. SENT: 610 words, photos, videos.


—SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on severe weather in the central United States. Will be updated as developments occur.


NEW YORK _ Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care providers object to services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and Human Services from taking effect in July. SENT: 160 words. Will be updated.


—EL CHAPO-ZAMBADA: Prosecutors in Chicago are asking a judge for leniency at sentencing for a former lieutenant to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, describing his cooperation with U.S. authorities as “extraordinary.”

—TEACHER CHARGED: A man who quit his job last year as a suburban Chicago high school gym teacher amid accusations that he inappropriately touched a female student has been charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly impregnating another student twice.

—WORKER SIGN-DEATH: Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally pinned and crushed.

—FULTON SHEEN-REMAINS: Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s remains to Illinois.

—BRADLEY UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois has announced President Gary Roberts will retire next year.

—CHICAGO ZOO-BABY RHINO: Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf.

—CANAL CLEANUP-INDIANA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana.

—SEALT BELT ENFORCEMENT: It’s “border to border” seat-belt enforcement for Illinois police agencies through Memorial Day.

—HONORING CROSSING GUARDS: Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proclaimed Tuesday is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in Illinois.

—NRG-STREAM ENERGY: NRG Energy plans to buy the retail electric and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy for $300 million.



CHICAGO _ The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs continue a four-game series between the NL East and Central leaders Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Zach Eflin starts for Philadelphia _ a 5-4 winner in 10 innings Monday _ and Jose Quintana pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:05 p.m. CT.


HOUSTON _ Houston’s Justin Verlander looks for his fourth-straight win and to help the Astros to their 12th victory in 13 games on Tuesday as they continue a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox. Dylan Covey will start for the White Sox, who have dropped two in a row. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


NEW YORK _ The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass. The stadium will be the site of major league games in 2020 — a series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals is the leading candidate. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 990 words, photo.


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