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 Ken Kusmer is on the desk.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last month to advance the idea of dropping its pollution standards, opening the proposal to public comments, the Courier & Press reported. SENT: 325 words.



SHELBYVILLE, Ill. — A fire in an Illinois village this month sheds light on a long-standing disagreement among leaders in the area on how to handle its water pressure issues. During the July 13 fire at the Strasburg Elementary School building, all Strasburg firefighters could do was ensure the fire was contained, The Journal Gazette reported. SENT: 220 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana family that lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake said goodbye to the last five of those loved ones. Saturday's services at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis honored 70-year-old Horace Coleman; his 69-year-old wife, Belinda Coleman; 76-year-old Ervin Coleman; 45-year-old Angela Coleman; and her 2-year-old son, Maxwell Coleman. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-FUNERAL-THE LATEST: The Latest on the funeral for five of the nine members of an Indianapolis family killed when a tourist boat sank on a Missouri lake.


NEW YORK — Although Oronike Odeleye is the co-founder of the #MuteRKelly campaign, she is still excited about the embattled R&B superstar's new song, "I Admit." Not because she is blasting it on her stereo — but because the release of the track confirms that the social media campaign she launched is working, and putting a dent in the entertainer's career. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 1,440 words, photos.


QUINCY, Ill. — When Mike Nobis thinks about how the Quincy Teen Reach program weathered the state budget impasse, he's still amazed. "We were right on the cusp of closing. We were not just day to day, we were hour to hour," said Nobis, chairman of the Teen Reach Board. Teen Reach, a program that helps at-risk youth stay safe and graduate from high school, offers after-school programs and life skills education, encourages parental involvement, and hosts recreational events. By Doug Wilson, The Herald-Whig. SENT: 560 words.


MCLEANSBORO, Ill. — Jim Barker's pickup truck bounced slowly across a field on his Hamilton County farm. Without saying a word, Barker stepped on the brake and gazed out the window at acres of wild bergamot, purple coneflowers and blazing star. Rather than planting set-aside land in fescue, Barker has transformed his property into small patches of prairie that resemble what Hamilton County would have looked like before modern agriculture. Amazingly, the idea of turning his farm into a floral wonderland was born of the state's financial crisis. By Les Winkeler, The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 575 words.


— NORTHWESTERN THEATER-SCOTLAND: The collaborations this year are "Legacy: A Mother's Song" and "Legacy: The Book of Names." They will explore how culture and heritage travels and evolves over distance and time.

— PEOPLES GAS-NEW BUILDING: Peoples Gas has broken ground on the company's new North Shop in Chicago.



ST. LOUIS — The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals continue their weekend series on Saturday afternoon. Jose Quintana starts for the Cubs, while Miles Mikolas goes for the Cardinals. By Steve Overbey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:05 p.m.


CHICAGO — Mentioned in trade rumors, J.A. Happ starts for Toronto as the Blue Jays continue their weekend series against the White Sox. Lucas Giolito pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m.


CHICAGO — Fans get an audience with management, coaches and players as the Chicago Blackhawks' annual convention continues. UPCOMING: 600 words.


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