Group seeks rehiring of Wal-Mart workers

NEW YORK (AP) — A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

U.S. businesses expect sales rebound, more hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

Domestic airfares to dip a bit this summer

After years of steadily-rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief — $2.01 in savings to be exact.

The average round-trip domestic ticket this summer, including taxes, now stands at $454, down less than a percent from last summer. Vacationers to Europe will fare better with the average ticket down 3 percent to $1,619, about $50 less than last summer.

Raising the roofs: Mahomet leading county in new home construction

MAHOMET — Mahomet easily takes the title of "capital" when it comes to new home construction in Champaign County this year.

The village 8 miles northwest of Champaign-Urbana has had 32 building permits for single-family homes so far this year, according to weekly listings in The News-Gazette.

By comparison, Savoy had 16 so far this year, and Champaign had 14.

Showcase of Homes to feature 6 Trails at Abbey Fields houses

CHAMPAIGN — One area of Champaign that has been busy with homebuilding is the Trails at Abbey Fields, where the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois is preparing to hold its Showcase of Homes this summer.

Latest wheat-straw uses: Paper towels, toilet tissue

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A company plans is rolling out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested.

26 new restaurants in C-U over the last year

How many new restaurants opened up in Champaign-Urbana over the past year?

Twenty-six by our count — and that doesn't include food trucks, food operations inside convenience stores and hotels, catering kitchens or restaurants that either remodeled or changed owners.

That's equivalent to a new restaurant opening every other week.

Building permits, April 19, 2015

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Aquas Partnership, new multifamily residence at 1320 Mariner Way, $473,960.

Business listings, Aprill 19, 2015

These applications for assumed business names were filed recently at the Champaign County clerk's office:

B Fit Personal Training, 510 W. William St., C, by Alicia M. Beck, same address.

Big Guy & Son/Princess, 2611 Rachel Road, C, by Elise Johnson, same address.

Country Charm Cleaning Company, 407 S. Garfield St., Philo, by Lora Merritt, same address.

It's Your Business: Work starts soon after changes in Latitude

Work is expected to get underway soon on the Latitude apartment development on University Avenue in Champaign.

As you may recall, Latitude will consist of two six-story buildings lining the north side of University Avenue between Fifth and Wright streets.