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Witness IDs defendant as shooter: 'He has perfect lips. I'm very confident'

URBANA — A woman who was sitting on her front porch when Rakim Vineyard was fatally shot across the street from her house testified Wednesday that she had a "clear view" of the shooter.

Enjole Bowens, 37, identified the shooter as Joshu'ah Young, 19, of Urbana, who is being tried this week for first-degree murder in the July 19, 2014, shooting death of Mr. Vineyard.

Accident near Paxton sends six to hospital

PAXTON — Six people were taken to an Urbana hospital Wednesday afternoon after the pickup truck they were in was struck by an SUV at a rural intersection just north of Paxton.

Urbana's Crystal Lake to re-open Thursday

Crystal Lake in Urbana is expected to re-open Thursday after test results revealed safe levels of algae.

The Urbana Park District's Superintendent of Planning and Operations Derek Liebert said test results from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency came back Wednesday.

The Health Reporter Is In: July 26, 2017

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07-26-17 Jim Turpin with the cast from Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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07-26-17 Jim Turpin with the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Virginia

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07-26-17 Penny for Your Thoughts

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07-26-17 Penny for Your Thoughts.  Jim Turpin with a Penny open line in hour one.  Hour Two the cast from The Champaign Park District's Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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A life remembered: 'She never had anyone on the team, but she loved SJO'

ST. JOSEPH — The cards arrived every November.

Former St. Joseph-Ogden football head coach Dick Duval came to expect them.

They thanked him for his dedication during the season and congratulated him on his hard work.

They were always from the same person.

Nita Brooks.

"She never had anyone on the team," Duval said, "but she loved SJO."

'Love affair' with Balloons Over Vermilion strong as ever

Organizers of the 2017 Balloons Over Vermilion festival have begun planning for next year's event, set for July at the Vermilion Regional Airport. Based on this year's official attendance, "we fully expect that number to grow in the years ahead," said event Co-Chair Jim Anderson.

Public's input for Dr. Howard Elementary sought today

CHAMPAIGN — It's the opinion of the president of the Dr. Howard Elementary PTA that the school has the best staff in the Unit 4 school district.

And Jolee Phelps said that once Dr. Howard's current building is torn down and replaced with a new $16.1 million facility, the school will rise another notch.

Champaign council gives initial OK for business center at library

CHAMPAIGN — As the times change, Champaign Public Library Director Donna Pittman says, libraries should, too.