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Truck-car accident closes U.S. 45 temporarily

URBANA - One person was taken to the hospital Saturday after a car and a semi-trailer truck collided on a state highway north of Urbana. Illinois State Police said that at about 1:15 p.m., Don Yearwood, 57, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was driving a semi north on U.S. 45, just south of Ford-Harris Road.

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-23 23:07:00

Fire at east Urbana home displaces family of four

URBANA - Firefighters are working to find out what sparked a fire that damaged a home in east Urbana, displacing a family of four. Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to 414 Glenn Drive where they found an attached garage on fire. Edge-Scott firefighters responded with help from

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 07:26:00

Champaign parolee facing drug charge

URBANA - A Champaign man on parole for a drug conviction has been charged with another drug offense after police found suspected cocaine on him. Kyle L. Greer, 26, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Hedge Road, was charged Friday with a single count of possession with intent to deliver cocai

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-23 19:21:00

Champaign man held on burglary, robbery charges

URBANA - A Champaign man who allegedly burgled a house and robbed a business in Champaign in a three-hour span Thursday evening is being held in the Champaign County Jail. Nathaniel Curry, 26, of the 700 block of Bethume Court was arraigned Friday for residential burglary, robbery and resisting a pe

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-23 18:31:00

Champaign-born developer headed to prison for fraud in Quad Cities

CHAMPAIGN - Developer Todd Raufeisen spent six years defrauding 22 investors out of $1.7 million in the Quad Cities area. Now he'll spend six years in federal prison. The Champaign native and University of Illinois graduate pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud and money laundering from 2010 to 2016 a

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

If you're not sick of festivals, there's a nice one that continues today at Sleepy Creek Vineyards north of Oakwood, about 20 miles east of Urbana. The Salt Fork River Art Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features more than 60 artists, makers and fine crafters, both local and from nearby states. On

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Free speech for me ... and thee

Too many people either don't know or don't care about people's rights to express themselves as they see fit. The Urbana police should have known better. Because they didn't, Bryton Mellott is $15,000 richer. It's the best and easiest money he'll ever make. Mellott's lawyers did even better, collecti

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Studio Visit: Rachel Storm

Staff writer Melissa Merli chats with RACHEL LAUREN STORM, 31, of Urbana, an artist who serves as the city's public arts coordinator. Are you still working on your Ph.D. in educational policy? I am. It's always hard for a grad student to give an end date, but I'm hoping to graduate next year. This j

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Guest Commentary: Support the People's Delegation

As delegations from across the world make plans to travel to Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the pain caused by excessive heat-trapping pollution in the climate system can be seen on the faces of persons sufferin

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Thieves likely got your personal data

CHAMPAIGN - It takes less than a minute to find out online if you're potentially affected by the massive Equifax data breach. But some experts contend consumers are safer assuming they're one of the 143 million unlucky ones. In other words: Go ahead and check, but even if you get good news, consider

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Salt Fork wins Saturday night battle over GRF

CATLIN (WCIA) -- In a rare Saturday night game, the Salt Fork Storm battled their way to a 14-12 win over the Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes. Salt Fork moves to 2-3 on the season, while GRF falls to 1-4. CATLIN (WCIA) -- In a rare Saturday night game, the Salt Fork Storm battled their way to a 14-1

ILLINOISHOMEPAGE.NET - 2017-09-24 02:29:44

John Roska: 'Tenancy by the entirety' has benefits

Q: Someone told me all married couples should own their house by a "tenancy by the entirety." They said it would protect the house against creditors. What is that and how would it protect my house? A: A tenancy by the entirety is a special way married couples can own property. It's in addition to th

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Need a building? Someday you may just hit 'print'

CHAMPAIGN - Not in the business of printing money, a crew at a Champaign lab is printing barracks and barriers that will save taxpayers millions of bucks. Instead of buying plywood in the U.S. and paying to ship it to, say, Afghanistan, to build a barracks, new three-dimensional printers can use san

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Police weighing unexpected costs of body cams

About a year after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the village of Rossville took the same step as hundreds of small towns and major metros from coast to coast - it invested in body cameras for its police officers. At the time, it seemed like a wise investment for the Vermilion C

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Ralph Martire: Illinois lags in making higher education a priority

Much consternation has recently been expressed over declining student enrollment in Illinois' public universities, and for good reason. According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, total enrollment dropped by over 4,400 students from the 2016 to 2017 spring terms. This net loss is particular

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

Fundraiser to help school with security after shooting

MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) -- One mom is taking action after the shooting at Mattoon Community High School. Sara Wilson only lives a few blocks from the high school. She says she wants to help make sure the school is as prepared as possible if something like this ever happens again, So she started an onli

ILLINOISHOMEPAGE.NET - 2017-09-24 02:40:16

Getting Personal: Matt Difanis

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Melissa Merli chats with MATT DIFANIS, 41, of Mahomet, a real-estate broker, owner of RE/MAX Realty Associates in Champaign and president-elect of the Illinois Realtors trade organization. What interests you the most right now?

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2017-09-24 14:00:00

1st cruise ship since Irma docks in Key West

Click on the button below to set up your account or log in if you already have one. KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Royal Caribbean International's Empress of the Seas docked in Key West on Sunday - the first cruise ship to visit since Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys earlier this month. Officials said

PANTAGRAPH - 2017-09-24 20:29:45

Man arrested for grocery store holdups in Rantoul, Arcola

RANTOUL - A Rantoul man was arrested Saturday morning for holdups of grocery stores in Arcola and Rantoul that happened Wednesday and Thursday. Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said detectives from those two cities on Saturday recovered the bulk of the cash that Pablo D. Molina, 39, admitted he too

RANTOULPRESS.COM - 2017-09-24 03:21:00

Premiums Available To Offset ACA Exchange Rate Increases

An area health care consumer's organization says people should not fear an increase in Affordable Care Act exchange premiums for 2018. Claudia Lenhoff, executive director of the Champaign County Health Care Consumers, thinks even with ACA exchange premiums going up, there's a way to offset the cost

ILLINOIS.EDU - 2017-09-22 19:52:00