Area physicians, patients still see a place for opioids

URBANA — Life with chronic pain started for Kristen Blanton with a back injury.

The pain persisted after surgery, then through years worth of one treatment she tried after another.

Then her doctor put her on a low-dose opioid medication that worked for her — and continues to work a decade later.

Urbana police pedestrian-stop numbers criticized over racial disparity

URBANA — A community group and some aldermen are questioning why pedestrian-stop numbers reported by the Urbana Police Department for the past two years are so "exaggerated" when compared with other cities.

Police say a broader interpretation of state guidelines for reporting pedestrian stops inflated their numbers.

Champaign district's summer program producing some real Goal Getters

CHAMPAIGN — Most high school students wouldn't sacrifice their Junes and Julys for anything. But for more than 30 Unit 4 students, Mondays and Tuesdays this summer were spent chanting together, eating together and learning leadership skills together.

Champaign council to vote on restoring yard-waste pickup for all residences

CHAMPAIGN — Ahead of the Champaign City Council's vote on restoring yard-waste and Christmas-tree collection to all residential properties, officials say they don't anticipate high demand or increased costs.

Public Works Director Dennis Schmidt said that since 2014, the city has only collected from single-family homes and apartment buildings with four or fewer units.

Area history, Sept. 18, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, after Mildred Buckles of Champaign enlisted in the Navy, she was appointed a corporal over a company of women stenographers serving in the Great War.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 18, 2018

The latest stop in JASON SEAMAN's pro-sports tour: Wrigley Field.

The former Mahomet-Seymour star, credited with stopping a school shooting in May in Noblesville, Ind., threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's Reds-Cubs game in Chicago.

This day in history, Sept. 18, 2018

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2018. There are 104 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 18, 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

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Top of the Morning, Sept. 17, 2018

For "Mike in the Morning," his career in radio has come with some sacrifices.

"All the time our kids were growing up, I never saw them in the morning because I've been doing morning radio for 40 years," said News-Gazette Vice President Mike Haile, whose popular morning show runs from 5-10 a.m. on WHMS 97.5-FM.

Single-vehicle accident blocks lane of I-57 near Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — State police were on the scene of a single-vehicle accident with injuries early Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 just south of Champaign.

St. Joseph man gets probation for DUI, drugs in 2017 crash on I-74

URBANA — A St. Joseph man who admitted to being under the influence of drugs and causing a crash last fall on Interstate 74 will be on probation for two years.

Clayton Holzinger, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to felony unlawful possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under the influence in the November 2017 crash.