Electronics recycling event Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Good Vibes will host an electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its store, 1501 N. Prospect Ave., C.

Items that can be dropped off include televisions, stereos, video cassette recorders, computers, microwave ovens and treadmills.

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Villa Grove to add ag education curriculum

VILLA GROVE — A new agricultural education curriculum will be introduced at Villa Grove High School next school year.

Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

U.S. Steel to idle Gary Works coke plant, displacing 300

GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has announced it will close the coke-making plant at its Gary Works, displacing about 300 workers.

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

Assisted-living facility moving forward, hotel still stalled in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Plans are progressing for an assisted-living facility on Rantoul's west side, Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh told members of the Rantoul Economic Development Advisory committee.

Unused pool space could be turned into apartments

CHAMPAIGN — With the pools now closed at the McKinley Fitness Center, the building's owner is weighing the idea of turning the unused space into apartments.

U.S. home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer