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Woman, 22, shot in the leg in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating an early Friday shooting that injured a 22-year-old Danville woman.

Police responded to the 1600 block of Westview Avenue at 5:23 a.m. Friday for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers met with the victim, who had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg.

May trial for Atwood man accused of sexually exploiting minors

URBANA — An Atwood man accused of sexually exploiting minors in two counties and allegedly possessing pornographic photos of children has been ordered held in federal custody pending trial.

Dennis West, 43, had been arrested in December by Atwood police and charged in both Douglas and Piatt counties with allegations of sex abuse of minors and possession of child pornography.

Two hospitalized in tractor-car collision

URBANA — Two people were sent to the hospital Friday following a collision between a tractor and a car in east Urbana.

Illinois State Police said the crash happened about 11:40 a.m. on Illinois 130 northbound at Douglas Woods Drive, which is between Windsor and Curtis roads.

Former M-S school bus driver facing July jury trial for alleged DUI

MONTICELLO — A Mahomet man who allegedly drove a school bus filled with students and coaches while under the influence of drugs is due back in court in June.

Marvin R. Bell, 69, on Tuesday made his first appearance in Piatt County Circuit Court and was arraigned on a single count of driving under the influence of drugs, a Class A misdemeanor.

Jimmy Carter now longest-living U.S. president

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot dispute: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history.

Fire at DeKalb airport causes $250,000 damage

DEKALB (AP) — Officials say an early morning fire in a maintenance building at the municipal airport in DeKalb caused an estimated quarter-million dollars in damage.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 22, 2019

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Prosecutors: Suspect confessed to Dutch tram shooting

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly shooting in a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht has confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday.

The shooting is being investigated as a possible extremist attack, but prosecutors would not say if the suspect, Gokmen Tanis, has said anything about his motive.

Election 2019 | McDonald's vision for Unit 4: 'Run it a bit more like a business'

CHAMPAIGN — Everyone has a brand.

That includes retired businessman Lee McDonald, now a Champaign school board hopeful.

"I'm a little bit of the grumpy old man down the street," he said. "Maybe I'll be the grumpy old man on the school board."

Election 2019 | Danville needs to invest in students for a brighter future, Hoskins says

DANVILLE — Newcomer RICKY HOSKINS said he's running for the Danville school board because he wants all students to have what he had: "Schools with caring adults who lovingly help them because of the people they want to be."

Hoskins is one of the five candidates running for three seats on the Danville school board on April 2.

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