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

September 11, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the United States since 2000. Almost 900 people were wounded and 718 were killed. The results were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 500 words, photos.



OAKWOOD, Ill. — A power company is looking to wall off Illinois’ only national scenic river with rocks instead of removing toxic waste seeping into the water. The Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is home to three pits of toxic coal ash from the shuttered Vermilion Power Station. The river runs through eastern Illinois’ Kickapoo State Park, about 120 miles south of Chicago. State regulators and industry engineers worry the fast-moving river is eroding the banks so quickly it could unleash a surge of coal ash. But instead of digging out the toxic muck, Vistra Energy has proposed building a wall of rocks to armor a riverbank section more than six football fields long. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD: Jury selection for the murder trial of the Chicago police officer who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 will resume after being called off for a day. Attorneys who picked three women and two men for the jury on Monday were scheduled to resume questioning prospective jurors on Tuesday but Judge Vincent Gaughan had some scheduling conflicts and the questioning had to be postponed until Wednesday. With AP Photo.

— TAKEDA-US HEADQUARTERS MOVE: Japanese drugmaker Takeda says it is closing its U.S. headquarters in suburban Chicago with about 1,000 employees and moving its functions to the Boston area.

— DANVILLE VA VACANCIES: A federal reports shows that a Veterans Affairs hospital in eastern Illinois is having trouble filling many of its health care jobs. The national report released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville had 167 open positions as of June 30.

— SEMI-APARTMENT BUILDING CRASH: A semitrailer slammed into a suburban Chicago apartment building, leading to a nearly three-hour effort to free the driver from the wreckage.

— INFANT DEATH-FUNERAL: An infant who died after his mother delivered him in a college dormitory bathtub in 2016 has been laid to rest in northern Indiana. As the service ended, Desmond Roland of Springfield, Illinois, placed a small pine box containing his son’s ashes into the ground behind a headstone engraved with the infant’s name. With AP Photos.

— CHICAGO HOTELS-STRIKE: A strike targeting 25 downtown Chicago hotels is entering a fifth day as housekeepers, cooks and others remain off the job. With AP Photos.

— POLICE MISCONDUCT: A new study has determined that taking civilian complaints more seriously could substantially reduce the most serious cases of police misconduct and the costs to Chicago taxpayers from legal settlements.

— SEXUAL ABUSE-SENTENCING: A northern Illinois man has been sent to prison for sexually abusing and assaulting several female relatives.

— TOLLWAY MAP-ART CONTEST: The Illinois Tollway invites high school students to compete for the chance to have their art appear on the cover of the 2019 Tollway map.



CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs fight for control of the NL Central as their final series of the season continues at Wrigley Field. The Brewers beat the Cubs 3-2 on Monday night to move within one game of the division leaders. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brad Keller gets the start as he tries to finish out a strong rookie season when the Kansas City Royals continue their series with the Chicago White Sox. By David Smale. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:15 p.m. CT.


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