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August 5, 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. Rick Callahan 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

STEEL MILL POLLUTION

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. — Environmental regulators aren’t sure where a northwestern Indiana steel mill’s pollution ends up after it’s released by the sprawling mill that’s the nation’s largest industrial source of two toxic substances, a newspaper has found. The Chicago Tribune reported that its analysis of federal records found that ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Burns Harbor, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago, emitted nearly 18,000 pounds of lead and 173,000 pounds of benzene in 2016. That makes the complex along Lake Michigan the nation’s largest source of industrial source of both pollutants. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MIDTERMS-BOT OR HUMAN?

CHICAGO — Some political die-hards are getting caught up in an expanded effort by Twitter and other social media companies to crack down on nefarious tactics suspected of interfering in the 2016 election. Without meaning to, they’ve demonstrated the difficulty such crackdowns face. A 70-year-old grandmother is among the supporters of President Donald Trump who’ve been flagged as “bots,” or robot-like automated accounts, because they tweet prolifically. Their accounts have been suspended or frozen for “suspicious” behavior. When they started tweeting support for a conservative lawmaker in Illinois’ GOP governor primary, news stories warned “propaganda bots” were trying to influence the election. By Sara Burnett. 800 words, photos. Moved Saturday and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-RAPTOR CENTER

DECATUR, Ill. — When Jacques Nuzzo opened the crate containing the first baby osprey for this year’s hacking project, he was a bit taken aback. “I said, ‘Oh, that really is a baby,’” said Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, which works with the University of Illinois at Springfield to examine and catalog the birds. “I was just a little worried about it, not super worried, but I thought, let’s just keep him inside and make sure his body temp stays stable and he’s doing great. I’m going to move him outside today.” The osprey repopulation project is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and overseen by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. An endangered species in Illinois, the effort’s goal is to restore the osprey as a nesting species in the state. By Valerie Wells. Herald & Review. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS-JOHN DEERE

MOLINE, Ill. — With a growing child population living in poverty, Awa Thiam is using her engineering background to connect West African food producers with school systems. And networking with Iowa agriculture experts could be the push she needs to get her business off the ground. Thiam, 27, of Senegal, is one of 25 African entrepreneurs hoping to network and absorb as much Midwestern business culture as they can this summer. She’s a fellow with the University of Iowa’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, which is in its third year. The group toured Deere & Co. facilities in the Quad-Cities. Two years ago, she founded the Lifantou project, where she uses geospatial data to connect farmers with school systems. Her goal is to use technology to improve food distribution and secure daily meals for children, which in turn could revamp public school conditions and diversify West Africa’s agriculture industry. By Sarah Ritter. The Dispatch. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— TRIBUNE TOWER-SIGN: The Chicago Tribune has left its longtime home but the newspaper’s iconic sign will remain when the landmark building is turned into condominiums. The Chicago Tribune reports that its parent company, Tronc, and the real estate firms that are developing Tribune Tower have agreed to settle a lawsuit that had put the fate of the sign in jeopardy. With AP Photo.

— CHILD DROWNS-LAKE: A 7-year-old boy died after he was pulled from Lake Catatoga in central Illinois. The Springfield State Journal-Register reports that family members were performing CPR when Macoupin County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the lake Friday morning.

— ICONIC THEATER-AUCTION: A movie theater that’s long been a landmark in a southern Illinois community may be doomed after falling into disrepair.

SPORTS:

BBN--PADRES-CUBS

CHICAGO — Jon Lester gets the ball as the Chicago Cubs close out a four-game series with the San Diego Padres. Lester is 0-2 with an 8.36 ERA in his last three starts. Joey Lucchesi starts for San Diego after he was scratched from Saturday’s game due to an illness. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:20 p.m.

— PADRES MOVES: CHICAGO — The San Diego Padres have promoted right-hander Trey Wingenter from Triple-A El Paso after losing right-handers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles on waiver claims. SENT: 130 words.

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