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

November 16, 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 Corey Williams.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BOOKS-OBAMA SALES

NEW YORK — First day sales for Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” topped 725,000 copies, making it one of the year’s biggest debuts. Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Friday that the figures include sales and pre-orders for the former first lady’s memoir include hardcover, audio and e-books editions for the United States and Canada. “Becoming” was released on Tuesday, the same day Mrs. Obama launched a national book tour. Crown also announced that it had raised the book’s print run from 1.8 million copies to 2.6 million. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.

Also:

— MICHELLE OBAMA TOUR: Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

U OF ILLINOIS-FACULTY HIRING

URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois officials are looking for a big state funding increase to make up for stalled faculty hiring while its enrollment has grown during the state’s two-year budget impasse. Administrators say the Urbana-Champaign campus is now last among its 10-member national peer group with a student-faculty ratio of 18-to-1 after the campus ranked sixth in 2008. Trustees voted Thursday during a meeting in Chicago to approve requesting a $98 million, or 16.5 percent, state funding increase, with two-thirds of that planned for faculty hiring and retention. SENT: 400 words.

VETERANS-PTSD LAWSUIT

HARTFORD, Conn. — Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to sue the military, under a ruling by a federal judge in Connecticut. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr. in New Haven on Thursday certified a class-action lawsuit against Navy Secretary Richard Spencer by veterans who say they were unfairly given less-than-honorable discharges for minor infractions linked to their untreated mental health problems. The lead plaintiff is Marine veteran Tyson Manker, of Jacksonville, Illinois. By Dave Collins. SENT: 450 words, photo.

OIL PIPELINE-SECURITY

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline. The figure is in an Oct. 30 complaint that the Private Investigative and Security Board filed against TigerSwan through the administrative process. The board is also appealing to the North Dakota Supreme Court its recent loss in a civil case it brought against the company in which it sought an unspecified amount in fines. The project is now moving North Dakota oil to Illinois. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE-BANK SHOOTING: Authorities say a south suburban Chicago police officer shot a man who drove a car into another officer in a busy commercial area. The shooting happened Thursday night after Country Club Hills police were called about two men dragging another man into the ATM area of a Bank of America branch.

— CHICAGO ELEVATOR RESCUE: Firefighters broke through a wall in one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers to rescue six people who were trapped in an elevator. The Chicago Fire Department responded early Friday to the 875 North Michigan Avenue building, formerly called the John Hancock Center.

— SIU STUDENT DEATH: A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese of Eldorado, Illinois.

— ABBVIE-DONATION: Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $55 million to three education nonprofits that serve students in high-poverty neighborhoods.

— DEER HUNTER-CHARGED: A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then tried to cover his tracks.

— ONLINE RECYCLING GUIDE: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers’ questions about recycling.

SPORTS:

HKN--KINGS-BLACKHAWKS

CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks meet in a matchup between struggling teams. The Kings are missing their top two goalies with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell injured. The Blackhawks beat St. Louis on Wednesday for their first win under Jeremy Colliton, who replaced the fired Joel Quenneville last week. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m. CT

BKN--BULLS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks try to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host the Bulls, who are 4-11 after being routed by 29 points at Boston on Wednesday night. Chicago forward Jabari Parker plays his first regular-season game back in Milwaukee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 8:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--T25-NORTHWESTERN-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — With a spot in the Big Ten championship game secured, Northwestern has entered a strange pressure-free stretch of this already memorable season. No matter what happens for the 24th-ranked Wildcats in the next two games, at Minnesota and against Illinois, they’ll represent the West Division in Indianapolis on Dec. 1 against either, gulp, Michigan or Ohio State. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--IOWA-ILLINOIS PREVIEW

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Iowa visits Illinois trying to end a three-game skid and salvage what’s left of its season. The Illini, meanwhile, continue dealing with key injuries, staff changes and a defense ranked as one of the worst in the nation. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos.

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