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Police say Crum had checklist

HARRODSBURG, Ky. – Kevin Crum, now a former Champaign police officer, had practiced plans to murder a family in Kentucky and had a list of things to do and things to bring, a Harrodsburg detective testified Thursday.

Crum, 31, who had been living with a friend in the 1900 block of Lynwood Drive in Champaign, has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to six counts of attempted murder, four counts of carrying concealed deadly weapons and lesser charges of criminal trespass and operating a vehicle with a stolen license plate.

Farm show considers permanent locations

URBANA – When the 2003 Farm Progress Show kicks off Sept. 23 in Henning, it will have been 50 years since the "Super Bowl" of farm shows has been held in Vermilion County.

But residents may not have to wait another 50 years for the three-day event to return to their county.

Study shows ingesting bacteria not always a bad thing

URBANA – Since the time of Genghis Khan, scholars have debated the five-second rule or its ancient equivalent.

Its solution eluded some of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, but now a Chicago student has solved the problem in a University of Illinois laboratory.

Infected mosquitoes found in Urbana park

URBANA – Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in August in a popular Urbana park, but the district says it shouldn't be cause for extra concern.

Health officials found the infected insects on "three or four different dates" in August in Meadowbrook Park, said Dana Mancuso, spokeswoman for the park district.

Supervalu plans to add positions in Urbana

URBANA – Supervalu's distribution center in Urbana will add 25 jobs this year as a result of new business gained in a swap with C&S Wholesale Grocers.

"We're going to be adding 25 full-time jobs and seeing a business volume increase of 7 or 8 percent over where we are today," said Mike Guth, general manager of the local distribution center.

16 attorneys apply to be associate judge

URBANA – Sixteen attorneys have applied to become Champaign County's newest associate judge.

The list includes two local attorneys who are already running for a vacant circuit judgeship, three current Champaign County assistant state's attorneys and the county's public defender.

Health Alliance makes changes in drug coverage

URBANA – Health Alliance Medical Plans, an Urbana-based managed care company, says it is breaking with traditional health coverage practices to begin covering two over-the-counter medications taken by people with chronic allergies and stomach disorders – Alavert and Prilosec OTC.

Alavert is a non-sedating antihistamine for allergy sufferers and Prilosec OTC is a proton pump inhibitor for people with stomach disorders.

Proposal made in spill case

SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office has issued settlement demands to the University of Illinois and others responsible for the ammonia spill that killed more than 100,000 fish in the Saline Branch and Salt Fork River in July 2002.

Attorney Jim Morgan of the attorney general's office said the state is seeking penalties, recovery of the costs of investigations, a study of damage to the waterways and an evaluation of activities that can be undertaken to improve the quality of the river.

Visitors bureau center opening at Market Place

CHAMPAIGN – When Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials looked around for a common destination for tourists in the local community, they didn't have to look beyond the heady lure of new clothes, carousel rides and a food court.

"They all go out to the mall," said Sue Wedig, marketing director for the local visitors bureau.

Alloy case may take up to six weeks

URBANA – Current and former residents of a west Champaign neighborhood are hoping a Champaign County jury will find one of their industrial neighbors responsible for damage to their property and award them money.

Eighty plaintiffs brought suit in March 1991 against Alloy Engineering & Casting of Champaign, 1700 W. Washington St., C, alleging that the company, which makes exhaust manifolds for General Motors light trucks and sport utility vehicles, has emitted particles into the air that damaged their homes and cars and diminished their general enjoyment of their property.