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Champaign library's Girls Who Code class aims to reformat gender gap

CHAMPAIGN — After launching several services geared toward entrepreneurs in 2018, the Champaign Public Library is turning its attention to another major issue in the tech community: the gender gap.

Women represent just 26 percent of the computing workforce, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Killeen remains optimistic about DPI after talk with Pritzker over holidays

URBANA — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen remains optimistic about the future of the Discovery Partners Institute under newly inaugurated Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Daughter of Urbana's first black alderman sworn in as Ammons' replacement

Hear from Mayor Marlin at 4:20 Tuesday on WDWS.

URBANA — Once again, there's a Hursey representing Ward 3 on the Urbana city council.

Danville murder retrial, Day 1: Scene of slaying recalled a decade later

DANVILLE — A former Danville police officer testified Monday he was called to a shooting at Elmwood Park on the evening of Oct. 24, 2009.

Area history, Jan. 15, 2019

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

In 1919, the Piatt County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee to develop hard roads throughout the county.

In 1969, the Rantoul Park Board announced that a 6-acre tract of land west of Rantoul had been offered to the village as a park site.

This day in history, Jan. 15, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2019. There are 350 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.

On this date

In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 15, 2019

SADEE SCAGGS is getting a jump-start on her college career, taking classes at Danville Area Community College.

But she isn't done with Westville High just yet. Our "High School Confidential" correspondent will take over The News-Gazette's Snapchat account Thursday to show what makes her school so cool. Follow along by searching for "news-gazette" on the app.

Warrant issued in weekend fatal shooting in Danville

DANVILLE — A warrant has been issued for a Danville man's arrest in a fatal shooting Saturday in Danville.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said police detectives and the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office secured a warrant Monday morning for the arrest of Jimmie R. Rodgers, 27, who was last known to live in Danville, according to court records.

Urbana man charged in holdup of restaurant employee dropping off deposit

URBANA — An Urbana man is facing two felony charges after a Jimmy John's employee was robbed while dropping off a deposit early Saturday at a Champaign bank.

Marquise Brown, 24, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Montgomery Street, was charged Monday with two counts of armed robbery armed with a firearm. Judge John Kennedy set his bond at $100,000.

Champaign County CASA to begin training new advocates next week

URBANA — The Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates begin training classes for new advocates next week.

Volunteer advocates are the "eyes and ears of the court" for more than 380 abused and neglected children whose parents are the subject of court action in Champaign County.