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Court rules Champaign man should get new trial

CHICAGO – A federal appeals court has concluded that a Champaign man convicted in 1994 of murdering his wife deserves a new trial in state court.

In a decision issued earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit agreed with U.S. District Judge Michael McCuskey that James Ward had not knowingly and voluntarily waived his right to testify at his August 1996 trial in Champaign County Circuit Court. That was the sole issue on appeal in the federal court.

It's Your Business: Monticello tackle company sold to Ohio firm

Carlson Tackle, a Monticello fishing tackle company that exclusively employed developmentally disabled workers, has been sold to Erie Dearie Lure Inc. of Cortland, Ohio.

The Monticello site ceased operation about a week ago, said the company's former president, Danny Strand.

Champaign cat policies on agenda

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart says he's tired of stray cats strutting through his and other Champaign neighborhoods.

So are plenty of his constituents, he says.

Job-hunting help will be offered at open house

CHAMPAIGN – Whether you're looking for a job or not, you might pick up helpful information at the Illinois Employment & Training Center's open house on Wednesday.

The center, at 1307 N. Mattis Ave., C, has scheduled a full day of activities to help people find a job and to explain what kinds of assistance the center can give.

Shelter project gets boost

CHAMPAIGN – Tough economic times temporarily sidelined plans to expand the Center for Women in Transition, but a new $50,000 grant has the project back on track.

The transitional housing program for homeless women originally hoped to complete a new residential and educational center in early 2002, but groundbreaking was postponed until last fall when costs ran higher than expected.

Local office develops defense technologies

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign office of Science Applications International Corp. works on projects ranging from radar modeling to 3-D visualization to remote sensing.

The office, at 1901 S. First St. in the University of Illinois Research Park, employs 67 people and has a direct payroll of about $10 million, said Dennis Andersh, vice president and operations manager for SAIC/Demaco.

Summer: Extra time to succeed

CHAMPAIGN – Shannon Gardner, Emmanuel Lynch and hundreds of other Champaign high school students are spending time this summer keeping their graduation records on track.

School officials in Champaign and Urbana say summer is an opportunity to take their mission a step farther, give floundering students a second chance, give at-risk students some advantages, introduce young students to expectations at new schools and give extra attention to all students who need it.

Insurance costs ground Frasca school

URBANA – Until this month, there had been a flight school at Frasca Field for decades.

No longer. Frasca Air Services discontinued its flight instruction and mechanics service at the private airfield north of Urbana on June 30. Airport manager Tom Frasca said he had little choice because he couldn't get the liability insurance he felt he needed.

Woman picks right time to be Urbana watchmaker's apprentice

URBANA – Stephanie Frankhauser never thought of herself as unorthodox. She's a mom with a husband and three kids she home-schools, plus a part-time weekend job.

It's not that she needed to find something to fill her time.

Carter's expanding in Urbana

URBANA – Carter's Furniture will be putting extra space to work at its Urbana store with some new merchandise intended to appeal to younger and more budget-conscious shoppers.

Starting this fall, Carter's will add a selection of moderately priced furniture in a separate division called "Furniture Direct" at the 410 N. Vine St. store.