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Accident kills UI student

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is investigating the death of a 20-year-old University of Illinois student who was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle.

Champaign and University of Illinois police found Nadia S. Chowdhury of Naperville lying in the roadway at the intersection of South Fourth and East John streets at 2:05 a.m. after responding to a call for a traffic accident.

Music for the heart

URBANA – Pastor Guy Storm has often witnessed the healing effects of music when he has ministered at the bedsides of his dying friends, and he has marveled at the way a simple song can lift a person's spirit.

Now, he's part of an innovative study intended to show whether certain pieces of music may actually improve the way a diseased heart deals with stress.

Coach spins tough exit into 'learning tool'

STANFORD – It was an appropriate end to an eighth-grade championship basketball game that was tight all the way through two overtimes.

A Franklin Middle School player fouled, a Morton Junior High School player made two free throws to move ahead two points and, with two seconds on the clock, Franklin player Verdell Jones III pulled off a perfect Hail Mary shot, hurling the ball 80 feet into the basket to clinch the championship.

Candidate: Budget gives short shrift to UI needs

Deborah Frank Feinen, the Republican running to replace state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, in the House this fall, is not happy with the governor's budget proposal, which cuts state funding to the University of Illinois and a number of higher education grants.

The governor's budget shows higher education funding increasing but does so by including the tuition and income fund and other university-held funds, including research money and endowments. The amount of state funds the UI is slated to get in the year beginning July 1 is actually $14 million less than this year, a 2 percent cut.

Urbana man found guilty of murder

URBANA – A 19-year-old Urbana man could spend the rest of his life in prison following his conviction Friday for first-degree murder.

Because the six-man, six-woman jury found that Lamonte Dixon Jr. personally fired the gun that killed Teri Clark last spring, he faces penalties ranging from 45 to 85 years in prison. He'll have to serve 100 percent of whatever sentence he receives.

Area police teaming up

Local police departments announced a new partnership Friday for officers to receive training on dealing with people who suffer from mental illnesses.

The Champaign, Rantoul, University of Illinois and Urbana Police departments have joined forces to create the East Central Illinois Crisis Intervention Team. Funded by an Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board $100,000 grant, the Crisis Intervention Team will provide response by trained officers for mentally ill persons who may be in a crisis.

Foundry damages reduced

URBANA – A Champaign County judge Friday let stand her earlier ruling that reduced the amount of punitive damages that 36 neighbors of Alloy Engineering and Casting are to receive.

In September, a Champaign County jury ruled that the 63-year-old foundry at 1700 W. Washington St., C, should have to pay $1.08 million in damages to 36 of 80 plaintiffs who had filed suit against the plant alleging that emissions from the plant were damaging property and diminishing the quality of life for neighbors.

Trams on council agenda

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will be asked Tuesday night to endorse a fixed-guideway or tram system for improving Champaign-Urbana's mass transit system.

But at least two council members say they have some doubts about pursuing such a project. The estimated cost is $178 million, and 20 percent to 30 percent of that would come from local sources.

UI president search discussed

CHICAGO – Finding presidents of major public research universities isn't a task the University of Illinois Board of Trustees is very familiar with. So they're taking their time, and getting lots of advice along the way en route to finding a replacement for James Stukel.

The search process, and the kinds of advice the board will be seeking, was the subject of a special board meeting Thursday at the Chicago Illini Union.

Legislation seeks charity care changes

The same day Carle Foundation Hospital announced a voluntary expansion of its charitable care program, a state Senate committee advanced legislation to require hospitals to provide free or discounted health care to an even larger pool of patients and limit their debt collection practices.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, state Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago, said the bill is needed to address price gouging and predatory collection activities against the uninsured poor.