Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 8:30 a.m. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

EAGLE SNATCHES DOG

A healthcare executive says he saw an eagle snatch his sister's little white dog. Felipe Rodriguez says he was visiting his sister in Pennsylvania when the eagle took the 8-pound Bichon Frise from her yard and disappeared over the trees. Zoey lived to bark the tale: A motorist found her some four miles away. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 630 words, photo. Illinois editors note Chicago interest.

IN BRIEF:

—MURDER CONVICTION-SENTENCING: An Illinois judge has handed a suburban Chicago man a 35-year prison term for fatally shooting his cousin in the head and pushing his body out of a vehicle.

—VIDEO GAME BURGLARIES: Officials are looking for information about two men they say have been breaking into video gaming terminals in central Illinois and stealing cash.

—ILLINOIS HISTORY-RADIO SPOTS: Illinois residents will soon be hearing daily on the radio a brief history lesson as part of a yearlong celebration of the state's 200th birthday.

—FREEPORT DEMOLITIONS: The northern Illinois city of Freeport razed 80 buildings last year, almost tripling the number demolished the year before.

—WATER PIPES: How hard is the bitter cold weather on water pipes? In suburban St. Louis, even the water company is dealing with a pipe burst.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Tim Miles might have his best team in six seasons at Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers have an opportunity to show they're for real when they visit No. 13 Purdue on Saturday. No. 1 Michigan State will get a challenge as it returns to Big Ten play after feasting on light competition. Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson is establishing himself as one of the conference's top freshmen. SENT: 540 words, photos.

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