N-G again named state's top newspaper, innovator

NORMAL — The News-Gazette extended its streak as Illinois' best newspaper in its class while being named Innovator of the Year in a pair of statewide editorial contests held last weekend in Normal.

Just Askin' | Facebook's Safety Check feature

Q: Who decided to activate the Facebook's Safety Check feature during the storms on June 10?

A: That would be Facebook, without input from local public-safety officials.

Officials at the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the sheriff's office said they had nothing to do with it.

New Soccer Planet owners familiar with sport's role in community

URBANA — When Soccer Planet opened in 2011, it filled a need for local soccer players.

Champaign-Urbana was one of the last central Illinois towns of its size to add an indoor soccer facility.

Building permits, June 17, 2018

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing over $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Signature Construction Inc., screened-in porch for single-family residence at 2107 Savanna Drive, $26,000.

McDonald's switching to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year.

The burger chain and other fast-food companies are facing increasing pressure from customers and environmental activists to stop using plastic straws.

Champaign council to vote on grants for new Midtown development

CHAMPAIGN — Bar owner Scott Cochrane wants to spend about $1.67 million to renovate a long-vacant building across the street from the former Chester Street Bar.

The Champaign City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to chip in $300,000 in Redevelopment Incentive Program grants.

Multi-state salmonella outbreak tracked to Honey Smacks cereal

SPRINGFIELD — A multi-state salmonella outbreak has been linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.

It's the second multi-state salmonella outbreak announced by health authorities in two weeks, following a warning issued earlier this month linked to pre-cut melons.

Industrial production fell 0.1% in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production slipped 0.1 percent in May, primarily dragged by a drop in manufacturing caused by a major fire at a parts supplier for trucks.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that the manufacturing component of industrial production fell 0.7 percent in May largely because of this disruption in truck assemblies.

Trump announces U.S. tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports on Friday, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.

China has said that it will retaliate with $50 billion in tariffs in response, rattling financial markets.