Ford adds 816,000 vehicles to Takata air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is adding more than 816,000 vehicles in North America to the growing Takata air bag inflator recall.

Local startup impresses tech publication at CES

LAS VEGAS — A Champaign start-up has made heads turn at the Consumer Electronics Show, making it onto Engadget's "Best of CES 2017" awards.

Amber Agriculture had already won the 2016 Cozad New Venture Challenge.

UI trustees to review plan to boost diversity in business dealings

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois would boost its goals for doing business with companies owned by minorities, women and people with disabilities under a proposal trustees are set to review next week.

It also would set a goal of awarding 3 percent of state contracts to small businesses owned by military veterans and disabled veterans.

Facebook boosting media ties to promote trusted news

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a journalism project aimed at strengthening its ties with media organizations to help them expand their audiences, come up with new products and generally promote trusted news in today's "post-truth" era.

VW emissions-cheating deal could put employees in hot seat

DETROIT (AP) — The imminent criminal plea deal between Volkswagen and U.S. prosecutors in an emissions-cheating scandal could be bad news for one group of people: VW employees who had a role in the deceit or subsequent cover-up.

Wells Fargo revamps pay structure for workers

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo announced a complete restructuring Tuesday of how it pays tellers and other bank branch employees, with incentives now tied to how often customers use their accounts, as the company tries to right itself after a scandal over its aggressive sales practices.

Job openings, quittings rise in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased — signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead.

01-10-17 On The Money

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The Curtis Road interchange: A mastered plan

CHAMPAIGN — The Curtis Road interchange master plan was the first project assigned to Lacey Rains Lowe, a senior planner with the city, when she started her job in 2006.

When that plan was adopted by city council in 2007, it wasn't ready for the Great Recession's impact. That led to it being redesigned, with Lowe overseeing as project manager.

When one door closes, another opens

CHAMPAIGN — Farewell to Eddie Bauer, The Limited and Track 'N Trail stores.