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New general manager hired

URBANA – A manager with long ties to public broadcasting has been hired as general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV in Urbana, pending approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Mark Leonard, general manager for Central Washington at KCTS-TV in Seattle, has been chosen to succeed Donald Mullally, who retired last year.


Carle facility to install new MRI scanner

URBANA – Carle Clinic is expanding its diagnostic capability with new equipment being installed next week.

The clinic has invested $3 million in a new MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scanner that is twice as powerful as the two it now has, clinic officials said.


Nanoparticle-studded capsules could have lots of purposes

Fatty molecules that make up the membrane surrounding, and compartments within, cells have been turned to a different purpose by University of Illinois researchers.

While structures created with lipid molecules aren't very stable normally, UI Professor Steve Granick's lab has found a way to "cover them with studs of nanoparticles that sort of armor them."


Carle surgery center bid renewed

MATTOON – Carle Foundation Hospital, which lost its bid to build an outpatient surgery center in Mattoon last year, is trying again with a new application seeking permission from a state planning board.

But this time around, Carle is including a number of concessions to a major objector to its surgery center plans, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center – including a promise to help foot more of the bill for the care of needy Coles County residents.


Governor removes legislative oversight on stem cell program

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich quietly filed an executive order that essentially eliminates legislative oversight of his controversial stem cell research grant program, The News-Gazette has learned.

When the General Assembly failed to pass a bill for state-funded stem cell research last spring, Blagojevich circumvented the legislative process and issued an executive order creating the Illinois Regenerative Institute for Stem Cell Research.


Nursing home's child care center might be closing

URBANA – It doesn't take long to see the benefits the kids in the Champaign County Nursing Home child care center bring to residents.

As the 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds walk down the hallways of the nursing home, they invariably bring big smiles to the faces of the residents, most of them sitting in wheelchairs or using walkers.


State's new kids' health coverage ready to roll out

CHAMPAIGN – After a year without health insurance, Dianna Cramer is looking forward to the peace of mind she'll get from knowing her two young sons are covered.

And at a price she and her husband, Henry, think they can afford.


Organization gives state failing grade for mental health treatment

CHAMPAIGN – It was no surprise to Fannie Griffin to see Illinois accused of being an unfriendly place for adults with serious mental illnesses.

A school social worker and the president of a local support group for people with mental illness and their families, Griffin has seen the evidence time after time.


Info firm recognizes Sarah Bush Lincoln

MATTOON – Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals.

The award, announced Monday, was made by Solucient, an Evanston information company serving the health care industry.


Medical disparity in Danville

DANVILLE – A 3-year-old Latino boy had an asthma attack last November, three months after he, his mother and 6-year-old brother moved from Mexico to live with his uncle in Danville.

His mother wanted to call 911 but instead called a fellow Holy Family Church parishioner.