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Florida citrus growers plead for federal aid after Irma's devastation

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma dealt Florida's iconic orange crop a devastating blow, destroying nearly all the fruit in some Southwest Florida groves and seriously damaging those in Central Florida.

U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio toured groves in Lake Wales on Wednesday and heard from growers, who pleaded for federal assistance.

OSF's name changes for Urbana, Danville hospitals honor origins

URBANA — The names of both Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans medical centers will be changing once again as a result of their pending sale to OSF HealthCare.

Producer prices rose in August as energy costs shot up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs led to prices at the wholesale level rising in August at the fastest pace in four months.

Target bumping up holiday hiring by 40% this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is hiring 100,000 people to work during the hectic holiday shopping season, up 40 percent from last year.

No place for 'home' in Apple's new, costly iPhone X

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest and most expensive phone, the iPhone X.

With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Apple and consumers. Will people be willing to shell out really big bucks for a relatively fragile device that's become an essential part of daily life?

In blow to Murdoch, Fox bid for Sky referred to regulator

LONDON (AP) — The British government will refer Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.'s bid for satellite broadcaster Sky to the country's competition regulator for further examination, in a blow to Rupert Murdoch's takeover plans.

Samsung eyes foldable smartphone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its Galaxy Note brand.

Building permits, Sept. 10, 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.

Champaign

New Prairie Construction, alteration for solar rooftop array at 508 S. Prospect Ave., $31,092.

Wired In: Jacob Kreider

Each week, staff writer PAUL WOOD chats with a high-tech difference maker.

Just Askin': The price of milk

At Meijer in Champaign, a gallon of milk was on sale for less than a dollar. At nearby Schnucks, it was $2.85.

Said Kappy Koch, a director on the Illinois Milk Producers' Association board: "Stores are doing it as a loss leader to gain customers. The store price has nothing to do with what the dairymen receive."