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BC-IL--Illinois News Digest 1:30 pm, IL

May 24, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or chifax@ap.org. Caryn Rousseau 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas authorities on Friday denied withholding a cellphone video of Sandra Bland’s confrontational traffic stop, responding to a Democratic legislator’s heated questions about why the 39-second clip never publicly surfaced until now. Bland, a 28-year-old black woman from outside Chicago, had used her phone in 2015 to briefly film a white state trooper as he drew a stun gun while ordering her out of the car. She was dead day later, hanging in her jail cell outside Houston. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 470 words, photo.


—SANDRA BLAND-TROOPER-THE LATEST: The Latest on newly emerged cellphone video of Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop in Texas. Will be updated as developments occur.


CHICAGO _ Decades later, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 moments after it took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport remains the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history. The DC-10 was destined for Los Angeles when it lost one of its engines on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people, including all 271 people onboard and two others on the ground. The AP is republishing its original report to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster. By Marc Wilson. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commanding officer has endorsed a $778 million plan for upgrading a lock-and-dam complex near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite signed the final report Thursday. It now goes to Congress, which would need to give authorization and funding for the project to proceed. The plan calls for installing fish-repelling devices at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois. By John Flesher. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


CHICAGO _ A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1992 strangulation death of an Illinois teenager. Robert Serritella, of Park Ridge, was found guilty Thursday on two counts of first degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old David Chereck, of Skokie. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19. The teen was found strangled with a scarf in a forest preserve Jan. 2, 1992. Serritella later incriminated himself in conversations with people in California and Utah and was arrested in California in 2014. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON _ Police officers are now using virtual reality to learn the best ways to interact with people who have autism and de-escalate situations that could quickly turn awry. A new training simulation using virtual reality headsets is being rolled out by Aon, the company best known for developing the Taser. The company is partnering with Chicago police to train its officers and plans to make it available to police departments across the U.S. By Michael Balsamo. SENT: 960 words, photo, video.



United Airlines is extending the cancellation of flights using the Boeing 737 Max by another month, into early August. Airlines don’t know how long it will take regulators to approve fixes that Boeing is making to critical software on the plane. The Max has been grounded worldwide since two crashes that together killed 346 people. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


—SEVERE WEATHER-ILLINOIS: The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornados in central and western Illinois after a line of strong storms moved across the state.

—U OF ILLINOIS-MBA: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign plans to stop offering on-campus MBA classes and instead focus on its fast-growing online MBA coursework.

—WEST NILE VIRUS-ILLINOIS: State public health officials say they’ve confirmed Illinois’ first mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus this season.

—DEPORTATION ASYLUM-CHICAGO CHURCH: U.S. immigration officials have told a pregnant Mexican woman who had taken sanctuary inside a Chicago church that she can stay in the U.S. until after the baby is born.

—MAINE-CDC DIRECTOR: The former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health has been tapped to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.



CHICAGO _ Kyle Hendricks looks to go to 4-0 in May as the Chicago Cubs open a weekend series Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs are coming off a four-game split with Philadelphia. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball for the Reds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:20 p.m. CT.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The first-place Minnesota Twins return home from a winning week-long West Coast road trip to host the division rival Chicago White Sox starting Friday for a three-game series. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CT.


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