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Fire destroys school building in Rankin

RANKIN — A dilapidated grade school building in Rankin that had been targeted for cleanup by the village and Vermilion County Public Health Department was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

'They will never find her': Court hears what Christensen said at victim's vigil

PEORIA — While Yingying Zhang's family was trying to raise awareness of her disappearance at a campus vigil, Brendt Christensen was drinking alcohol from a water bottle, cracking jokes and bragging about how gruesomely he killed her.

Community Blood Services teaming with e-sports group to get more millennial donors

URBANA — A regional blood service hopes to recruit more millennial donors by linking the act of donating blood with something near and dear to many of their hearts — video gaming.

Champaign Flag Day event extends welcoming hand to immigrants

CHAMPAIGN — When Prisca Mouloma came to the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo more than a decade ago, she didn't speak any English save for the few words her husband had taught her.

After settling in Champaign in 2008, she said, it was a moment of pure frustration that made her get serious about learning English.

Area history, June 15, 2019

Today is Saturday, June 15, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, plans for a countywide system of hard roads in Douglas County was rejected by the county board.

This day in history, June 15, 2019

Today is Saturday, June 15, the 166th day of 2019. There are 199 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On June 15, 1944, American forces began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II. B-29 Superfortresses carried out their first raids on Japan.

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Top of the Morning, June 15, 2019

Just because he won a big, fancy award doesn't mean HOWARD MILTON will be treated any differently when he returns to the office.

The idea of showing up with a 'Mr. Fundraiser of the Year' nametag is definitely out of the question.

"They'll call me the usual 'Mr. Forgetful,'" he said, "or 'The Guy Who Works For Josh.'"

Teen accused of fatally shooting friend to be examined by psychiatrist

URBANA — The attorney for a Champaign teen accused of fatally shooting a friend last month has asked that a psychiatrist examine him.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed Friday to the request by Assistant Public Defender Andrea Bergstrom on behalf of her 15-year-old client, charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm in connection with the death of Elijha Booker, 14.

3.5 years for Champaign woman accused of injuring infant in her care

URBANA — Almost five years after being accused of gravely injuring an infant in her care, a Champaign woman has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Veteran day-care provider Debbie May maintains she did not shake or hit Rowen Kaeding but pleaded guilty to doing so to avoid a lengthy prison sentence in the event a jury did not believe her.

North Prospect businesses use backup power after car hits utility pole

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CHAMPAIGN — It was business as usual on North Prospect Avenue after a car hit a power pole Friday afternoon near the intersection with Baytowne Drive, knocking out power for several large retailers in the area.