No brush-off for broomcorn at UI's 60th Agronomy Day

SAVOY — At the 60th annual University of Illinois Agronomy Day, experts will discuss big topics like nitrogen management, herbicide resistance and profitability.

They'll also cover topics that aren't quite at the top of mind of most area farmers, such as broomcorn, a sorghum crop used to make natural brooms.

Developer has a different idea for proposed indoor UI sports arena

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign developer Peter Fox believes there's a better site for an indoor University of Illinois multisports center: right across the street from State Farm Center, at the southwest corner of St. Mary's Road and Fourth Street.

And next to his I Hotel and Conference Center.

Union Pacific lays off 500 managers, 250 other workers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific is laying off 500 managers and 250 other workers to reduce costs and eliminate about 8 percent of the railroad's managers. The railroad told the affected workers Wednesday that their jobs will be eliminated by mid-September.

Home construction slumps in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders pulled back sharply on construction of apartment complexes in July, causing housing starts to tumble to a three-month low.

Trump rips into those who left jobs panel after Charlottesville response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel — the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering — after his equivocal response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

Retail sales jump 0.6 percent in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers went out shopping in a big way in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in seven months.

China says U.S. trade probe would violate global rules

BEIJING (AP) — China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests.

Merck, Under Armour, Intel CEOs resign from Trump panel

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The CEOs of athletic-wear manufacturer Under Armour, computer-chip maker Intel and pharmaceutical company Merck resigned Monday from the White House's American Manufacturing Council — with the Merck withdrawal drawing a quick and angry Twitter outburst from President Donald Trump.

Business listings, Aug. 13, 2017

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

Ducky's Champaign, 134 E. University Ave., C, Mary Ellen Gray, 1606 Mayfair Road, C.

Global American Trade, 362 Paddock Drive West, Savoy, Ahmed Abouzahra, same address.

Hilary Pope Design, 403 W. Ells Ave., C, Hilary Pope, same address.

Building permits, Aug. 13, 2017

Listed are permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling costing more than $25,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Robby Cekander Home Services, alteration to single-family residence at 3401 Weeping Cherry Court, $38,300.