UPDATED: Fire leaves Champaign family homeless

CHAMPAIGN — Four members of a Champaign family were left homeless Saturday when fire destroyed their two-story house.

Mia Sibley, 24, of 511 E. Washington St. told The News-Gazette she was in the basement of her home about 9:15 a.m. about to do a load of laundry when her 4-year-old brother, Jaydon Sibley, yelled down to her from the first floor that there was smoke upstairs.

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon canceled at 10:15 due to threatening weather

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UPDATE: Thunderstorms have prompted the cancellation of the remainder of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon as of 10:15 a.m.

UI's bill for Vice President Joe Biden's visit: $30,000

URBANA — A week's worth of planning for a visit from the vice president generated some interesting numbers on campus.

The University of Illinois is still tabulating the final cost of Thursday's event, but spokeswoman Robin Kaler estimated the total at about $30,000. Most of the materials purchased will be reused, however, so the net cost is probably closer to $25,000, she said.

Allerton Public Library board sets groundbreaking for October

MONTICELLO — The Allerton Public Library board plans to break ground on its new building in October.

In the meantime, it will be searching for ways to bridge the gap between the $2.7 million left to the library by the estate of Max Hency and the initial $3.08 million cost estimate from architect Mark Misselhorn.

American delays 787 order as travel slows

American Airlines Group Inc. says it will delay delivery of five Boeing 787 jets in response to slower growth in international travel.

Illini Land brats recalled

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Roughly 500 pounds of bratwurst is being recalled by a meat-packing company in Springfield.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture's meat and poultry inspection division announced the recall of the North Clay Packing Co. product Thursday because the sausages contain milk, which is not declared on the product's label.

Area history, April 25, 2015

In 1915, the rear of J. Arthur Thompson's automobile was considerably damaged Sunday afternoon after it was hit by an Illinois Central freight car at the University Avenue crossing. Witnesses said that he failed to heed the warning bell, which indicates that the gates guarding the tracks are about to be lowered.

Day at Center gives students peek behind Krannert's curtains

URBANA — Since Krannert Center opened nearly 50 years ago, some of the world's most famous classical musicians have performed on its Foellinger Great Hall stage.

Recently, 22 fifth-graders from Yankee Ridge in Urbana took the world-renowned stage to sing the introductory song to "Into the Woods."

At ARC, calm, eagerness before Illinois Marathon storm

CHAMPAIGN — Race participants started streaming into the Activities and Recreation Center on the University of Illinois Campus at 9 a.m. Friday and didn't stop throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.

There was a general hum to the ARC atmosphere: One part anticipation, another excitement.

Daly invokes cousin's memory in plea to Unity kids to not drink, drive

TOLONO — Sarah White still remembers the time that Annie Daly loaned her a pair of running spikes that were three sizes too small.

"I never ran so hard in my life because I couldn't wait to get them off," the Unity High School track team member said with a smile.