Just Askin' | Get those yard-waste bags ready

Q: When is yard waste being picked up this spring?

A: It depends on what city you're in, but probably some time in April.

Building permits, March 18, 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.


Dreamscape Custom Homes Inc., new single-family residence at 1502 Jacobs Blvd., $375,000.

Safety-training firms seeing targets grow

After a gunman killed 26 people in November at a church in Texas and another killed 17 people last month at a high school in Florida, some businesses and organizations are taking steps they never would've thought they had to.

Business listings, March 18, 2018

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

Adventure Hart, 3218 Brentwood Drive, C, Billi Jo Rhinehart, same address.

Caston Home Improvement and Repair, 807 N. Romine St., U, William Caston Jr., same address.

Legend Braids, 1006 S. Smith Road, U, Garman Freeman, same address.

EU publishes list of potential retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Friday published a list of U.S. products it plans to introduce duties on if the 28-nation bloc is not exempted from President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.

The list contains dozens of products including breakfast foods, kitchenware, clothing and footwear, washing machines, textiles, whiskey, motorcycles, boats and batteries.

Tom's #Mailbag, March 16, 2018

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Factory output jumped 1.2% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output jumped last month, led by big gains in the production of cars, computers and furniture.

The Federal Reserve said Friday that manufacturing output rebounded 1.2 percent in February, the most since October and following three months of weak or negative readings. Factory production has increased a healthy 2.5 percent in the past year.

February housing starts fell 7% after January surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 percent.

The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after construction surged in January to 1.33 million.

AT&T antitrust trial kicks off Monday

NEW YORK (AP) — On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies.

AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it's to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment.

Don't wanna grow up? Sorry, Toys R Us kids

NEW YORK — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.

The 70-year-old retailer is headed toward shuttering its U.S. operations, jeopardizing the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children and parents for its sprawling stores and Geoffrey the giraffe mascot.