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Variety of stores slated to join complex

CHAMPAIGN – Pretty soon, Village at the Crossing is going to have a lot more of what its developers always wanted in a neighborhood shopping center.

Coming this spring to the 20-acre complex of stores, restaurants and offices at the corner of Windsor and Duncan roads are:

Energy-efficiency improvements to homes could garner tax credit

If you've grown tired of breezes coming from leaky windows or if the furnace is on its last legs, now might be a good time to think about replacing them.

From last month and continuing through Dec. 31, 2007, U.S residents who make energy-efficiency improvements to their homes could qualify for tax credits.

Invention offers help to vertically challenged

ST. JOSEPH – Short people may be able to sit a little longer, and laptop users may not have to hunch over as much, thanks to an invention by a St. Joseph man.

Ken Batty invented the Lap Leveler, a 6-inch-tall portable footstool. A Colorado-based company has agreed to produce it, and Batty plans to begin marketing it this month.

Regulators on lookout for shiftiness

Two months after state laws restricting payday loans took effect, some loan stores in Illinois are shifting the way they do business, prompting concern among consumer advocates and state regulators.

Some lenders are now selling five- or six-month installment loans that carry annual precentage rates as high as 400 percent. The loans do not fall under new regulations, which apply to payday loans with terms of 120 days or less.

It's your business: Firm focuses on affordable funerals

If you worry that an affordable funeral means a wooden box and a no-frills service, the folks at Impressive Affordable Funerals would like you to give them a call.

They can do better than that without breaking the bank, said Jeff Burch, president of the business that just opened offices in Champaign and Monticello.

Officials seek ideas for use of David S. Palmer Arena

DANVILLE – Throughout the year, the David S. Palmer Arena plays host to hockey and skating, community events such as the Festival of Trees, private gatherings like birthday parties and an occasional live entertainment show.

Now, officials are reaching out to the public to determine what other activities could be brought to the tax-supported venue.

Schools looking to use Internet for record keeping

TOLONO – Sue Hansen distinctly remembers looking at computers and not wanting anything to do with them.

The Unity Junior High social studies teacher went to college before the computer age, and said that before this year, whenever she had the opportunity to work on the machines, she passed.

Sensors tiny enough to fit in cell

DNA molecules wrapped around tiny carbon nanotubes get a charge out of particles from toxic substances such as mercury, or rather the exposure causes the DNA's own charge to change.

In response, the DNA subtly rearranges itself, allowing more water to reach the surface of the nanotube, which causes it to glow, in essence, with near infrared light.

Judge rules against involuntary bankruptcy

DANVILLE – Four former truck drivers for Roberson Transportation testified Tuesday about how much they're owed by the now-defunct company – and about unusual business practices at the firm.

But they and other unsecured creditors of the Mahomet-based company will have to find routes other than bankruptcy court to get relief.

UI tech official urges people to update protections

Blackworm may sound like something that worries farmers with crops in the field, but the people really concerned about it are folks like Mike Corn.

Corn may have the last name for it, but he doesn't farm. He's the director of security services and information privacy at the University of Illinois Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services division.