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NASA grant to UI aims at general principles of life

URBANA — Do you ever look up into the sky and wonder, "Is there life beyond earth?" or "Why does life exist at all?"

Researchers at the University of Illinois do.


'Project of year' to Big Broadband

URBANA — A national group that promotes community-level telecommunications on Thursday named the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband initiative as its "community broadband project of the year."


RTHS board OKs phone system upgrade

RANTOUL — Make a phone call to Rantoul Township High School, and chances are, that call will cut out or end up disconnected.

The RTHS board this week approved 7-0 to fix the current phone system and make efforts to ensure dropped calls or disconnected calls don't happen in the future.


Pavlov upgrades free wireless in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Pavlov Media has upgraded the Wi-Fi network in downtown Champaign, improving the system's download speed to 10 megabits per second.

The Champaign-based company began offering free Wi-Fi downtown in 2007 through a partnership with the city of Champaign. The upgrade was completed a few weeks ago, Pavlov spokesman Christopher Hunt said.


Vermilion County Board picks electric aggregator, won't seek bids

DANVILLE — By a unanimous vote, the Vermilion County Board decided Tuesday night to contract with Integrys Energy Services for the next phase of the county's electric aggregation program rather than seeking bids from alternative electric suppliers.


Steam locomotive headed back this way

A steam locomotive that went through East Central Illinois last week is scheduled to go back through the area on Tuesday and you can track the train online.


Commodities trader off to Mozambique

MONTICELLO — A Monticello commodities trader left Saturday for two weeks in Mozambique.

While in the east African country, Jim Traub will work as a volunteer for CNFA to establish a small-scale soybean processing line there.

Traub doesn't know yet exactly what that will involve, but he believes soybeans can be used to improve the diets of people there.


Urbana students learn broadcasting skills

URBANA — The top of the press box at Urbana's athletic complex is far enough from the field that you can easily see all the action.

Several students in teacher Erin Ludwick's journalism class are stationed there regularly, carefully recording fall sporting events and learning how to produce a broadcast and stream video online.


Phone company takes steps on cell tower near hospital

DANVILLE - AT&T Wireless officials are now planning to tether a balloon to visually show Danville aldermen the location of a proposed cellular tower in relation to the Provena United Samaritan Medical Center's emergency helicopter landing pad.

And, AT&T officials have agreed to light the top of the tower.


Champaign council approves simulator for police training

CHAMPAIGN — Police Chief Anthony Cobb says use-of-force training should be cheaper and more efficient once the department gets its new simulator to which the city council gave its nod last night.