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

August 11, 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. Sara Burnett 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STATE FAIR-CARNIVAL INSPECTIONS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Six Illinois Department of Labor inspectors spent four days inspecting carnival rides for safety before hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the Illinois State Fair this week. Safety experts say injuries on carnival rides are rare — there’s a 1 in 1.25 million chance you’ll be injured if you get on a ride — but the drama surrounding sometimes cataclysmic accidents keeps them in the headlines. By John O’Connor. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EMERGENCY HELICOPTERS GROUNDED

ROCKFORD — An agency that’s provided air support to law enforcement across northern Illinois for almost 15 years is all but defunct and giving up its helicopters due to a lack of funding. A half dozen of the surplus military helicopters once operated by Air-One are parked outside the Stephenson County Jail in Freeport, the Rockford Register Star reported. Air-One assisted law enforcement agencies from the Chicago suburbs, Rockford, Winnebago County, Freeport and Stephenson County in cases of natural disaster, fires, search-and-rescues and manhunts. SENT: 350 words.

LAKE MICHIGAN BEACH RIGHTS

LONG BEACH, Ind.— An Indiana man alleges a homeowner along Lake Michigan tried to remove people from the beach despite an Indiana Supreme Court ruling allowing lakeshore access. The Indiana Supreme Court in February ruled that the state owns the shoreline and holds it in trust for all residents. The ruling set the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between the state-owned land and the interests of private property owners. The high water mark is defined as the line on the shore created by the fluctuations of water. SENT: 370 words.

FESTIVALS-SEXUAL HARASSMENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, “Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?” Friedman didn’t think anything of it until she got groped at the festival. Friedman is one of many music fans who have spoken up about sexual harassment and groping at musical festivals recently as the #MeToo movement has emboldened more people to talk about harassment in public spaces. With increased focus on the longstanding problem but little statistical data on how often it happens, music fans and even artists are asking the live music industry to make cultural changes. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 1500 words, photos. Editors: Note reference to Lollapalooza, two Chicago organizations.

EXCHANGE-SNAKE BREEDER

QUINCY, Ill. — Descending into Chris Turner’s basement, there’s little doubt the 27-year-old Quincy man has found his passion in life. At the foot of the stairs is a large glass-door cooler, housing two tubs of avocado-sized eggs. A sharp right from the cooler takes the visitor into an adapted lab, where he breeds rare, recessive-gene ball pythons. By Matt Dutton. The Herald-Whig. SENT: 900 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COMFORT DOG

ELGIN, Ill. — The job of the newest staff member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Elgin is to spread love ... on four paws. Julia, a 1½-year-old golden retriever, is a trained comfort dog who joined the church in June. Her work is all about connecting with people, Pastor Doug Swanson said. “She is a working animal. She’s not a pet,” he said. “She gets up and goes to work. ... The idea is to be able to interact with our community, visit nursing homes, school facilities, anywhere we can think of, where we can take her and use her as a way of loving on people around us.” By Elena Ferrarin. Daily Herald. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

DUAL-CREDIT COURSES: A new state law will allow Illinois high school students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit courses and earn both high school and college credits.

GUN IN BACKPACK-DAY CARE: An Illinois man is charged with reckless conduct after authorities say his 4-year-old son found a gun in a backpack his father had brought to him at day care.

NUCLEAR RODS SHIPMENT: The owner of a northern Illinois nuclear plant wants to ship about 45 pounds of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods through Michigan on their way to a Canadian testing facility.

OBAMA LIBRARY-FUNDRAISING: The Obama Foundation says it raised nearly $233 million in the first full year of fundraising after President Barack Obama left the White House.

JOURNALISM PROFESSOR-MISCONDUCT: A Northwestern University journalism professor has resigned after being accused of misconduct by former students and employees.

SPORTS:

BBN-NATIONALS-CUBS

CHICAGO — Jon Lester tries to snap out of a slump as the Chicago Cubs continue their weekend series against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. Lester is 0-2 with an 8.53 ERA in his past four starts. Tanner Roark goes for the Nationals, who lost 3-2 on Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET.

BBA--INDIANS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO — Trevor Bauer looks to continue his string of strong starts as the Cleveland Indians meet the Chicago White Sox. Bauer is 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his past seven outings. James Shields pitches for Chicago. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

With:

BC-BBA--WHITE SOX-THOME HONORED:

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox are set to honor Hall of Fame slugger Jim Thome prior to their game against the Cleveland Indians, two weeks after he was enshrined in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility. Thome remains a popular figure on the South Side, though he spent his first 12 years with Cleveland. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 450 words. 500 words.

BBO--ESTEBAN LOAIZA-DRUG CHARGES

SAN DIEGO — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, pleaded guilty Friday to federal drug charges in California. Loiza acknowledged that he possessed about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces up a minimum of 10 years in a prison and maximum of life when he is sentenced Nov. 2. The hurler played for several U.S. teams between 1995 and 2008, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He had a 21-9 record with the White Sox in 2003 and started in the All-Star Game that year. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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