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New med school may be coming to the area

CHAMPAIGN -- A new medical college could be in the works at the U of I.The university and Carle Hospital hired a consulting company to see if its possible.The company recommended a specialized engineering based medical college. It would be the first of its kind and will focus on engineering and computer health sciences along with medicine.The study says investments and new jobs will flow into Illinois at a faster pace.  [Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8:16pm  |
Many U of I professors may be retiring

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- Changes to state pension plan could send some U of I professors packing.At a meeting yesterday officials said thousands of faculty and staff across the campus could retire by the end of June.It's due to a glitch in the states new pension law which would reduce the monthly benefits if they choose to stay.It could reduce the workforce by 10%. About 5,700 employees are eligible for retirement and about 65% of them could be affected.  [Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:59pm  |
Green Fun Fair

CHAMPAIGN -- Earth Day is still a few days away but that didn't stop some young green enthusiasts from doing their part.At the Green Fun Fair in Champaign children had a variety of crafts and activities to work on.The event was co-hosted by the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity on the U of I.For one grandparent it was a way to keep the kids busy and teach them about recycling.The event was free to the public.Earth Day is this Tuesday.  [Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:50pm  |
A happy park district

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign Park District has plenty to be happy about.The new $6,000,000 Leonhard Recreation Center will open in about 2 weeks but the people in charge want to do more than just cut a ribbon.They want to share the happiness in a special way.Photographer Sue Foster shows us how through the local lens.You have another chance to be in the music video tomorrow night from 6-9.  [Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:18pm  |
Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Since the ship sank Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive. "They've been dealing with next to zero visibility, very strong currents," NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells Wade Goodwyn on Weekend Edition Saturday. "Also, they've been trying to pump air into that ship, in the hopes that there are some survivors hanging..."  [Read more]

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 8:30am  |
Three people wounded in shooting

Officers were called to a shooting at 1006 Moore Street, around 6:30pm. They say two groups of men had a disagreement. Both sides exchanged words, then shots were fired. Witnesses say little children were outside playing at the time, and gun violence picks up around this time of year.As far as the gunshot victims. A 19 year old male was shot in the chest. A 33 year old woman, along with another 19 year old male were both shot in the leg.Police don't have any suspects in custody. They're asking the community to come forward. If you know anything about the shooting contact the Danville Police Department at (217)..."  [Read more]

Friday, April 18, 2014, 10:24pm  |
Daytime drop-in center set for downtown

CHAMPAIGN -- A new program starting this summer aims to help help those in need get back on their feet. This is part of a new effort by C-U At Home. A daytime drop-in center will open soon. We don't know exactly where it will be yet, since the lease hasn't been signed. But C-U At Home Executive Director Melany Jackson says that will happen in the next few weeks. The center will be the first of its kind in the area. You don't have to look far to see people in need around Champaign. With no where else to turn, some end up on the streets. They can find shelter at night at places like the Times Center. But after..."  [Read more]

Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:33pm  |
Tasers for police department

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Another area police department will get to use a taser. The Thomasboro village board approved the proposal at a meeting this week. Urbana officers also plan to ask for tasers at a city council meeting this month. Champaign County sheriff's deputies, Illinois State Police and University of Illinois officers already use them.  [Read more]

Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:23pm  |
Woman stabbed with screwdriver

UPDATE: 5:15 PMURBANA -- One man is behind bars after police say he stabbed someone with a screwdriver. Investigators went to 28-year-old Ismail Ervin's apartment on Thursday night around 9:25 pm. They say he was holding a woman hostage. Officers say she had to go to the hospital, but she's going to be okay. Investigators say they came to the 900 block of East Harding for a domestic disturbance call. Police say Ervin told them he had a gun and threatened to kill the woman he was with. When the suspect didn't cooperate, officers forced their way inside and found Ervin stabbing the woman in the bathroom. They..."  [Read more]

Friday, April 18, 2014, 5:15pm  |
Humane Society Does Better Under New Leadership

DANVILLE -- New leadership is in place at the Humane Society of Danville and the director says the facility is properly licensed.The facility is not providing animal control services for the city but the director reports a good working relationship with the county shelter that took over. ...  [Read more]

Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:59pm  |
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