In Saturday's News-Gazette, we're planning stories about endangered mussels moving to the area, a safe house for women and a preview of the Illini football game at Arizona State.
Biologists with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois were involved in a multi-state effort about three weeks ago to gather thousands of endangered mussels from the bottom of the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania for relocation to other states, including Illinois. This week, they’re relocating the first batch into the Salt Fork River, deemed a healthy, adequate environment for the endangered species, and Tracy Moss visited their work site.
Since 1994, the Canaan Baptist Church in Urbana has operated a SAFE — Substance Abuse Free Environment — House for men. Debra Pressey reports that soon, the church will be opening a SAFE House for women.
In our At Home section, UI Extension educator Sandra Mason writes about a new visitor to our yards and compost piles — fungi brought about by the recent heavy rains.
In Sports, the Illini football team travels to the desert to play Arizona State. Historically, the Illini haven't fared well on the road against Pac 12 teams, so it should be a tough game. We'll have a three-page Illini Game Day Preview as well as lots of results from Friday night's are prep football games and other prep sports.