Federal budget information

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released his budget proposal on Wednesday, less than two weeks after the U.S. House passed a budget sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Douglas County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Douglas County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Referendum results April 9, 2013

Results from ballot questions in East Central Illinois:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Updated: Douglas County sales tax for schools passes

Updated 9:56 p.m. Tuesday.

TUSCOLA — Voters in Douglas County have approved a 1 percent sales tax to help school districts pay for building improvements and pay off construction debt.

County residents voted 2,346 to 1,755 on Tuesday to approve the sales tax for school facilities.

April 9, 2013 election roundup

Here is information about the election on April 9, 2013. We'll update this as results come in from across the area.

Vandals hit Tuscola cemetery twice in a week

UPDATED 6:40 p.m. Monday

TUSCOLA — Employees of Adams Memorials in Charleston worked on Monday to replace headstones at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, located at U.S. 45 and South Prairie Street, following the vandalism of 57 headstones over the past week.

Margo Dill: Author offers lessons on creative nonfiction

Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction. In his latest book, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Gutkind introduces readers to the genre, provides real-life examples and explains the difference between fiction, straight nonfiction and creative nonfiction.

He also instructs people on how to write creative nonfiction if they are interested in pursuing it.

Treated-water sale to Tuscola plant on table

URBANA — Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District officials will be considering a deal to pump treated wastewater directly to a fertilizer facility looking to locate near Tuscola instead of into local streams.

Rural St. Joe man facing charges over wallet

URBANA — A 57-year-old rural St. Joseph man who allegedly stole a man's lost wallet containing $700 cash has been charged with a crime.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said on Feb. 28, a 50-year-old Tuscola man unknowingly dropped his wallet in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store on High Cross Road then drove off. Seconds later, a man picked it up and also drove away.