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 Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — Police say the deaths of a young girl and a man who were found following an apartment building fire in Chicago are being investigated as a possible homicide and suicide. The fire was reported Thursday night near Douglas Park on the city's southwest side and police say a 51-year-old man and 5-year-old girl died. A police statement says the deaths are believed to be "domestic-related," but the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing. The state fire marshal's office and the Chicago Fire Department are involved in the investigation along with Chicago police. SENT: 100 words.


— FEDERAL FUNDING-AMERICORPS: Sixteen community service programs in Illinois will receive more than $16 million dollars in federal funding.

— TEENS SHOT-CHICAGO: Three teenage boys have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Homan Square neighborhood.



CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Montgomery starts for Chicago, with Tyler Mahle pitching for Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET.


HOUSTON — The White Sox will take on the Astros in the second game of the teams' 4-game weekend series. Houston defeated Chicago 4-3 Thursday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.


LAS VEGAS — Kayla McBride scored 28 points and the Las Vegas Aces pulled ahead of the Chicago Sky in the WNBA standings with an 84-80 win on Thursday night. McBride's driving layup with 2:14 left made it 80-77, and the Aces (7-12) made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch. A'ja Wilson was fouled on a putback and made 1 of 2 free throws to make it a two-possession game with 31.2 seconds left. SENT: 130 words.


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