- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up 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. Jason Keyser is on the desk, followed by David Mercer. AP-Illinois News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or hdellios@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TODAY:

PLANT EXPLOSION-GRANITE CITY

GRANITE CITY - Two people are killed and at least one injured in an explosion at a recycling plant in this southern Illinois city near St. Louis. UPCOMING: 350 words, more on merits, pursuing photos.

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR

CHICAGO -New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to stop at Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s campaign headquarters in downtown Chicago. It’s a second recent visit to Illinois for Christie, who also serves as the Republican Governors Association chairman. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden will join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to talk about raising the minimum wage, and later will attend a fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn. By Sophia Tareen. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from 10:15 a.m. joint appearance and afternoon events.

POLICE SHOOTINGS-CHICAGO

CHICAGO - Police officers shot and killed two people in separate incidents Sunday night, capping a violent weekend in which more than 20 people were shot. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, more on merits.

BACK TO SCHOOL-START TIMES

CHICAGO - Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 500 words.

GAY MARRIAGE-HEALTH CARE

INDIANAPOLIS- When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. But instead of making the short drive to a hospital near her home in Munster, Indiana, she drove alone for more than 40 minutes to one in neighboring Illinois. Quasney said she was “terrified” her local hospital might not allow her and her partner of more than 13 years, whom she wed last year in another state, to be together if she suffered a health emergency. Quasney and her partner, Amy Sandler, are among dozens of couples challenging Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s gay marriage bans in a case being heard Tuesday in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Looming large in the case is the issue of medical emergencies faced by same-sex couples. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HOTELS-RECORD FEES

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