WILL weather cuts 'break my heart,' says general manager

A reorganization at Illinois Public Media will bring to an end its weather forecasting services and eliminate nine positions at the more than 50-year-old public broadcasting service based at the University of Illinois.

Facing six-figure losses in state funding and an uncertain funding outlook from the university, Illinois Public Media announced several changes on Thursday.

Among the most significant of those changes is the elimination of its weather department.

First-time jobless claims fall more than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest total in a month, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving.

The Labor Department said that first-time claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 440,000. Wall Street economists expected a smaller decline of 15,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

C-U Haiti Relief holding fundraiser this week

The newly organized group C-U Haiti Relief will present an international forum and fundraiser for Haiti this week.

"I (Heart) Haiti" is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln, U. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers with knowledge of Haiti will share their perspective about the country, and attendees will be given information on ways to paticipate in relief efforts, said organizer Melissa Pognon. The event will also feature musical performances by a West African ensemble.

China finds 170 more tons of tainted milk powder

BEIJING (AP) – China has found another 170 tons of tainted milk powder in an emergency crackdown that has made it increasingly clear many products discovered in the country's 2008 milk scandal were repackaged for sale instead of destroyed.

The growing number of cases in recent weeks challenges the government's earlier promise to overhaul its approach to food safety after hundreds of thousands of children in that scandal were sickened by milk products tainted with an industrial chemical. At least six children died.

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