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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

SIU STUDENT DEATH

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — The trial of a man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student is scheduled to get underway. Gaege Bethune of Eldorado is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Pravin Varughese. A jury was selected late Monday in Jackson County to hear the case against Bethune. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.

IN BRIEF:

— FORMER LAWMAKER SHOPLIFTING: A former Illinois lawmaker arrested on a shoplifting charge has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail theft. The sentence for former state Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn includes 50 hours of community service and a year of court supervision.

— ARMY FORT-DISCOVERY: Anthropology students at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale have discovered remnants of an army fort near the community of Chester that was once visited by the Lewis and Clark expedition.

— CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EXHIBIT: The Children's Museum of Illinois will open a pro-law-enforcement themed exhibition next month. The two-story, 7,000-square-foot exhibit is called "Heroes Hall."

— ROCKWELL AUTOMATION-INDIANA: A company that specializes in industrial automation and information plans to establish operations in central Indiana to consolidate the work of existing distribution centers in Illinois and Tennessee. The plans by Rockwell Automation include moving current operations in Champaign, Illinois, to Indiana.

— FOOTBALL PLAYER ARREST: A former Ohio State and Chicago Bears offensive lineman has been charged with felony assault of a police officer. Charges against 33-year-old Kirk Barton were filed Monday after his arrest outside the Bogey Bar & Grill in Dublin, Ohio.

— U OF ILLINOIS-MICROSOFT: The University of Illinois and Microsoft are launching a new partnership to help students with autism pursue science and technology careers. Microsoft is investing $200,000 in the Accessibility Lighthouse Program.

— MCDONALD'S HEADQUARTERS: Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. has unveiled its new headquarters in Chicago, a move company officials say is intended to attract top talent. McDonald's had been based in a forested campus in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook since the 1970s.

SPORTS:

BBN--PHILLIES-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound as they open a six-game homestand against the struggling Zach Eflin and the Philadelphia Phillies. Chicago is coming off a four-game sweep at the New York Mets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:05 p.m. CT.

BBA--WHITE SOX-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins, with three straight wins over division-leading Cleveland, host the Chicago White Sox in a traditional doubleheader scheduled to make up one of the games lost to a mid-April snowstorm. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts at 3:10 p.m. CT.

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