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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 130pm, IL

August 19, 2018

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 chifax@ap.org. Jeff Karoub 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

CHICAGO — Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of a conservative radio host and former Illinois congressman, will replace a former state lawmaker who resigned after being accused of sharing nude photos of an ex-girlfriend online. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

CHICAGO RIVER UP CLOSE

CHICAGO — A Chicago environmental group says activities such as river canoeing and kayaking encourages stewardship. River advocates encourage people to go out on small boats such as canoes and kayaks, instead of just big tour boats. SENT: 250 words.

DROUGHT-MISSOURI

ST. LOUIS — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, with water becoming increasingly scarce, experts say. Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with several counties in the northwestern part of the state facing “exceptional” conditions — the most dire classification assigned by the monitor. Conditions were nearly as bad elsewhere along the northern tier and in southwestern Missouri. But Missouri is the only Midwestern state with such severe conditions. Parts of Kansas also are extremely dry, but most of Illinois and Nebraska, and the northern half of Iowa, are drought-free. By Jim Salter. SENT: 550 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-AFTER FLOOD

VALMEYER, Ill. — Leaders in the Southern Illinois town of Valmeyer said they had “no textbooks” showing them the way to move their town from the river bottoms to the top of the bluffs. In the summer of 1993, Southern Illinois experienced one of the most costly and devastating floods in U.S. history. According to the National Weather Service, the flood crested on Aug. 1, 1993, when experts estimated 1 million cubic feet of water passed the St. Louis Arch every second. It did an estimated $15 billion in damages and is considered the most devastating flood in the history of the United States. The small village rallied its citizens, acquired land and moved Valmeyer, almost in its entirety, to the top of the river bluffs. Valmeyer did not just recover, some residents say they thrived. By Heidi Wiechert. Belleville News-Democrat. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-TEDDY BEAR PATROL

PEORIA, Ill. — Ask Peoria police Officer Curtis Lindsay why he goes out of his way to give teddy bears to young children, and he’ll come back with a simple reason. “You just do. There is no rhyme or reasoning. You just do. Some things you just do,” said the 25-year veteran of the department. For more than a year, Lindsay, a Peoria native and a former police officer with Peoria Public Schools, has passed out dozens of bears to area children. He did it with no fanfare and didn’t really want to have a reporter tag along as he was driving the police transport wagon on Thursday. But he also admits it’s an important thing to brighten a child’s day, even if only for a few minutes. By Andy Kravetz. Journal Star. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— LAKE DROWNINGS-INDIANA DUNES: Authorities say two Chicago boys died after they were pulled from Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park in separate incidents.

— SENATE INTERN-SHOOTING: A suburban Chicago college student is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered shortly after he returned home from an internship on Capitol Hill.

— ILLINOIS-CONSTITUTION DAY: A series of festivals, parades and other events will mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois adopting its state constitution.

SPORTS:

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — The White Sox and Royals wrap up their weekend series, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching for Chicago and Heath Fillmyer for Kansas City. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates finish up a four-game series with Jose Quintana starting for Chicago against Jameson Taillon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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