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West Nile virus returns to Champaign County

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed Wednesday that a dead blue jay found July 25 in Champaign has tested positive for West Nile virus, a disease that infected 900 Illinoisans last year, resulting in 66 deaths.

Most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, but some may develop a mild fever or headache three to 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus.

Quakes shake the Web

Forget the notion of researchers toiling away alone in the lab, or maybe with a couple of graduate students, on the way to producing journal articles recapping their findings.

In the future, they may conduct experiments with colleagues a thousand miles away, even across the world; share findings in real time while simultaneously communicating with each other; and leave behind a searchable library of raw data for others to tap – all pretty much from the familiar setting of a Web browser.

Son named in murders of parents

DANVILLE – Danville police on Wednesday morning named Gary Myers as a suspect in the beating deaths of his parents. He is the only suspect at this time, they said.

"Through the investigations conducted by Danville detectives, and in cooperation with the Illinois State Police and Champaign County authorities, the focus was narrowed within the last 24 hours," Danville police detective Larry Thomason said.

AMBER Alert strengthened with new law

SPRINGFIELD – A new state law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich is designed to strengthen the AMBER Alert system that was used to find a missing 14-year-old Urbana girl this May.

Tyeeste Jones, who disappeared while taking out the trash, was safely located in Chicago just few days after the Urbana Police Department issued a statewide AMBER Alert for her.

Gap remains in Urbana contract discussions

URBANA – Administrators and teachers for the Urbana school district met Monday with a mediator, but a gulf remains between two sides in contract talks.

"We're still working," said Urbana Superintendent Gene Amberg of the four-hour session. "The mediator works between the two groups, and we didn't meet face to face. He's our conduit. "

Link in tragedies sought

   DANVILLE ? Authorities are still seeking clues in two tragic incidents ? one in Champaign County and one 30 miles away in Vermilion County ? and trying to determine whether they are linked.

   "Naturally we're taking a look at that because of the fact there's family members involved," Danville police Lt. Doug Miller said of a possible connection between the suicide along Interstate 74 of 43-year-old Gary Myers of Danville on Monday and the deaths in Danville of his parents in an apparent double homicide that may have occurred on Saturday.

Grant boosts efforts in feeding hungry

URBANA – A new AmeriCorps grant will fund a project to survey hunger needs in East Central Illinois and set up new programs to feed the poor.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will receive $89,600 for 14 part-time AmeriCorps members to evaluate and expand services offered by food pantries and other emergency food programs in a 14-county area.

Governor cancels study on state water supplies

SPRINGFIELD – Plans for state scientists to study underground water supplies in the Champaign area and around the state went down the drain Tuesday, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed a bill calling for the survey.

"While I support the study of the state's groundwater supply as a comprehensive and long-term approach to water supply management in Illinois, due to the state's diminishing revenues, we do not have the money available to fund the study at this time," the governor said.

Champaign firm buys Argus assets

CHAMPAIGN – PitBull has a new master.

The security software with the canine name was developed by Savoy-based Argus Systems Group to protect computer operating systems and keep electronic transactions secure.

Judge denies lawyer's bid to leave murder case

DANVILLE – When Camerun Blaylock stands trial a second time for the 1993 murder of a Tilton man, he will be represented by the same attorney who put on his first defense.

Circuit Judge Dale Cini of Mattoon on Monday denied Richard Doyle's request to be dismissed from the case, citing the Danville attorney's familiarity with the now 9 ½ -year-old case.