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AP-IL--Illinois News Digest 6pm, IL

September 17, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 6 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. Herbert McCann 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD

CHICAGO — The last moments of Laquan McDonald’s life played over and over again for the jury. An officer pulls up, gets out of a squad car and opens fire as the black teenager walks away from police, a small knife in one hand. McDonald crumples to the ground. More bullets are fired into his body. The video of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting is so central to the murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it at least five times during the first day of testimony Monday — the first time just 15 minutes into opening statements. By Don Babwin. SENT: 785 words, photos.

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CHICAGO POLICE-LAQUAN MCDONALD-THE LATEST.

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN

UNDATED — A doctors group took a stand in support of transgender children Monday, offering advice in what it called “a rapidly evolving” field. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended support for kids who change their names or hairstyles to affirm their chosen gender identity. The group said children are more likely to have better physical and mental health with such support. By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 250 words.

OLDEST NUCLEAR PLANT-CLOSING

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — America’s oldest nuclear power plant has shut down. Officials at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey say the plant went offline at noon Monday. The plant near the Jersey shore has dealt with corrosion and leaks during its time in service, but its owner, Chicago-based Exelon Corp., says the plant has always been safe. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 700 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SIU STUDENT DEATH

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — A judge threw out a man’s murder conviction Monday in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student after saying that jurors could have been confused by wording in the man’s indictment. Jackson Circuit Court Judge Mark Clarke had delayed Gaege Bethune’s sentencing hearing, originally set for August, to Monday after the Eldorado, Illinois, man hired a new defense attorney following his conviction who questioned his trial and the evidence prosecutors had presented. SENT: 310 words, photo.

CLIMATE CHANGE-LAKE MICHIGAN

CHICAGO — Warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger die-offs in smaller inland lakes, according to a new report. The research published last week by Purdue University found the Great Lakes are warming along with the atmosphere due to the proliferation of greenhouse gases. The report on the impacts of climate change also determined summer surface water temperature in Lake Michigan has warmed about 3 degrees since 1980 and is projected to accelerate. SENT: 370 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO-FIRE RESCUE: A 69-year-old Chicago man has died days after he safely dropped his 7-year-old grandson from a burning apartment to police officers.

— CHICAGO MAYOR-DALEY: Another Daley wants to be mayor of Chicago. Former White House chief of staff William “Bill” Daley said Monday he’s running for the seat previously held by his brother, Richard M. Daley, and his father Richard J. Daley. SENT: 130 words. With AP Photos.

— REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER-HARASSMENT ALLEGATION: Illinois House Republicans have ended campaign support for a sitting GOP lawmaker amid allegations of “harassment.” The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that the House Republican Organization cut off financial aid for Rep. Jerry Lee Long of Streator and requested he quit the campaign. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTER DIES-BOAT PARTY: An off-duty Chicago fire captain has died in an apparent drowning while attending a boat party at a Chicago harbor.

— SIU STUDENT DEATH: A southern Illinois judge has thrown out a man’s murder conviction in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.

— REDS-CUBS-HERO TEACHER: A suburban Indianapolis teacher who was shot in May while tackling a student who opened fire inside his classroom threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before Sunday’s Chicago Cubs-Cincinnati Reds game.

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-DIAMONDBACKS

The Chicago Cubs, with a 2 1-2-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central, open a three-game series with the fading Arizona Diamondbacks, now four out in the NL West and 3 1-2 out for the final Wild Card spot. By Jose Romero. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. 9:40 p.m., ET. AP Photos

FBN--SEAHAWKS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Khalil Mack makes his first appearance at Soldier Field for Chicago as the Bears face Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams are looking to bounce back from season-opening losses, with the Bears blowing a 20-point lead at Green Bay and the Seahawks unable to protect a slim edge in the fourth quarter at Denver. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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