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

May 28, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

XGR--ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ The Illinois House is debating legislation to strengthen protections for abortion and related procedures. Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s legislation would require insurance coverage for abortions, contraception and related medical care. It also rescinds 45-year-old restrictions on abortion which are not enforced because of court injunctions. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

CHICAGO POLICE-ACCIDENT

CHICAGO _ The family of an 84-year-old woman killed in a weekend crash involving Chicago police cars has sent a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the police chief saying the police vehicles caused the accident that also injured more than a dozen people. The letter provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday by the family’s lawyer, Andrew M. Stroth, asks the mayor and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to provide dashcam and other video of the accident, in which 10 officers were injured. By Michael Tarm. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SEVERE WEATHER

BROOKVILLE, Ohio _ A swarm of apparent tornadoes so tightly packed that one crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes and blowing out windows. One person was killed and dozens were injured. The storms were among 52 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele Franko. SENT: 640 words, photos, videos.

With:

_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on damaging storms across the central United States. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.

FLOOD BUYOUTS

MOSBY, Mo. _ Some property owners who accepted a buyout from the federal government because their homes are prone to regular flooding say they’ve grown frustrated with the long wait times to get their checks. An Associated Press analysis of federal data shows the government has spent more than $5 billion over the past three decades on its flood buyout program, and the costs have been rising over the past decade. This spring’s Midwest flooding is likely to add even more homes to the buyout queue. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1,420 words, photos, video.

NEVADA JAIL DEATH-SETTLEMENT

RENO, Nev. _ A federal judge will monitor inmates at a rural Nevada jail for four years as part of a $2 million settlement agreement with the family of a drug-dependent Texas woman who died while imprisoned for unpaid parking tickets. The wrongful death suit filed last year on behalf of 27-year-old Kelly Coltrain of Austin said Mineral County Sheriff Randy Adams and his deputies showed “deliberate indifference to her serious medical needs” and “ultimately caused her death.” By Scott Sonner. SENT: 140 words. will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING: A second person has died in what suburban Chicago police say was a hostage situation.

_ MISSISSIPPI RIVER-FLOODING: Already-severe flooding on the Mississippi River is getting worse for several Missouri and Illinois cities and towns.

_ UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO-ENGINEERING: The University of Chicago says it will be the first U.S. university to create a school of molecular engineering, thanks to a $100 million donation.

_ BIKE TRAIL-SHOOTING: Chicago police are investigating a shooting on a popular walking and biking trail on the city’s Northwest Side that left one man dead and two other people injured.

_ POLICE OFFICER FIRED: A Chicago police officer who allegedly asked a 17-year-old girl for sex in return for getting her mother’s impounded car released by the city has been fired.

_ PADDLE BOAT ACCIDENT-DEATH: Suburban Chicago authorities say a 44-year-old died in a paddle-boating accident on Memorial Day.

_ METRA-PARKING: A Chicago suburb is offering commuters the chance to get prime parking at its Metra station at a cost of $1,200 per year.

SPORTS:

BBA--ROYALS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _ The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals resume their game that was suspended because of rain Monday with the score 1-all. They then play their scheduled Tuesday night game, with Lucas Giolito going for Chicago and Brad Keller for Kansas City. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BBN--CUBS-ASTROS

HOUSTON _ Chicago’s Jon Lester opposes Houston rookie Corbin Martin when the Cubs and Astros continue a three-game interleague series Tuesday. Houston won the opener 6-5. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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