Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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. Herbert McCann is on the desk.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says he had never before fired his gun at anyone and maintains the criminal case against him stems from political pressure. Officer Jason Van Dyke spoke with the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, ahead of next week's scheduled start of jury selection in his trial over the 2014 confrontation in which dash cam video shows him shooting McDonald 16 times. SENT: 520 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

SEXUAL ORIENTATION-FAIR HOUSING ACT

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court says the U.S. Fair Housing Act places obligations on landlords to protect LGBT tenants from harassment by other tenants. The new ruling by the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Court of Appeals sides with 70-year-old Marsha Wetzel. She accused a suburban Chicago senior living center of doing nothing to stop other residents from hurling homophobic slurs at her, spitting on her and even striking her because of her sexual orientation. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 420 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

BRIDGE WORK TOURS

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Tour groups are getting safer views of the new bridge connecting Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

PEORIA OFFICER-FACEBOOK

PEORIA, Ill. — A former central Illinois officer who was fired for inappropriate social media use says the posts were protected under the First Amendment. Former Peoria police officer Jeremy Layman is asking a federal judge to declare the Facebook posts he made while off duty as protected, The Journal Star reported. Layman filed a lawsuit against the city that included the request in July. The lawsuit lists six statements that allegedly led to his February termination from the police department after 17 years of employment. SENT: 245 words.

UNION DUES-NONPROFIT

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Chicago-based conservative group is threatening to sue Oregon government officials if they don't stop collecting union dues and agency fees from workers' paychecks, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The Liberty Justice Center has sent cease-and-desist letters to state officials. The nonprofit helped represent an Illinois child support worker in his landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in a June ruling that public employees can't be required to pay union dues or fees if they opt out of membership. SENT: 275 words, photo.

PEOPLE-KANYE WEST

Kanye West apologized Wednesday on a Chicago radio station for calling slavery a "choice," and he broke down on air over an old friend. "I don't know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I'm sorry for hurting, I'm sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment," West told 107.5 WGCI radio in his hometown. SENT: 390 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— KANKAKEE RIVER-BOYS DIE: The father of two Indiana boys who drowned in a river has pleaded not guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OPIOIDS: Doctors in Illinois can now prescribe marijuana as a painkiller thanks to a new law intended to counter a growing opioid abuse epidemic.

— ILLINOIS RIVER BRIDGE: Booms rang out as explosive charges brought down a steel bridge that had spanned the Illinois River since 1936.

— DEADLY FIRE-CHICAGO: A Chicago Fire Department official says the cause of the apartment fire that claimed the lives of 10 children remains a mystery.

— ARSON CHARGES: Two teens have been charged with arson in a weekend fire at a southwestern Illinois house where 11 people were inside.

— JAIL ATTACK: An 18-year-old has been charged with breaking the back of a fellow inmate during a beating that happened a few days before he went on trial for raping a carjacking victim.

— SECRETARY OF STATE-2018: Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White is seeking a sixth term in the post, and his Republican opponent maintains he has been in the office too long.

— OBAMA LIBRARY: Former President Barack Obama visited his foundation's South Side Chicago offices to discuss the future of his presidential center, saying he's still committed to the Jackson Park location.

SPORTS:

METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — Todd Frazier hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs to lead the New York Mets to a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday and avenge a tough loss earlier in the day. Frazier gave New York a 4-0 lead in the first inning with his drive against Alec Mills and added an RBI single in a two-run ninth. Jason Vargas (5-8) won his third straight start. The Mets pounded out 16 hits and avoided a season sweep after dropping the first six games against the NL Central leaders. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 560 words, photos.

WHITE SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox play the New York Yankees. 6:05 p.m.

FBC--NORTHWESTERN-PURDUE

The Northwestern Wildcats understand the early-season stakes. They enter Thursday night's season-opener at Purdue with eight straight wins, the longest active streak among power conference teams. They've also won eight straight against Big Ten foes. And if they beat the Boilermakers, the Wildcats will match their longest streaks since the 1995 Rose Bowl season. But coach Pat Fitzgerald and his players seem about as disinterested in the milestones as they are with the fact they were left out of the preseason Top 25. By Michael Marot. SENT: 720 words, photos.

With:

— FBC--ILLINOIS DONATION: The University of Illinois Foundation is getting a $20 million donation, including $15 million for the Fighting Illini Football Performance Center.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is being renewed for the first time since 2014, and the trip to South Bend should offer a clue as to whether the Wolverines are ready to challenge for Big Ten East supremacy. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. 600 words, photos.

With:

— FBC--BIG TEN FUTURE SCHEDULES.

Also:

—FBN--BEARS PREVIEW CAPSULE

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