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Maine marijuana advocates to submit legalization petition

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they are ready to file their proposal for a ballot initiative.

Life remembered: 'She was so caring'

CATLIN — Her job title was English teacher. But students and staff at Catlin High School said that didn't begin to describe Lezlie Randall.

They said the beloved teacher was also a mentor and confidant and someone whose humor, laughter and crazy antics could make them laugh, even on a bad day.

This day in history, March 24, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2015. There are 282 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

On this date:

Champaign mayor candidate Q&A: Deb Frank Feinen

Get to know ... Deb Feinen

Age: 47

Home: 3305 Springview Lane

Family: married, two daughters

Occupation: partner and attorney at Tummelson, Bryan & Knox

Brady: University privatization bill not ready for hearing

SPRINGFIELD — A former Republican candidate for governor has proposed turning Illinois' nine public universities into private, not-for-profit universities, and using the state appropriations they now get to make tuition grants to eligible Illinois students.

Area history, March 24, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

62 questions

SIDELL — Sunrise Coal officials described the state's 62-pronged request for more information about plans to develop their Bulldog mine in southwestern Vermilion County "as a benchmark that brings us one step closer to approval."

Top of the morning, March 24, 2015

Drive time to St. Joseph-Ogden was longer than usual for Jared Aden on National Ag Day.

That's because the high school junior took the family tractor to school.

"My pickup truck goes a little faster," he said.

Goodwill slates store opening for Friday

SAVOY — Goodwill Industries plans to open its new store in the former Pages for All Ages space on Friday.

The store, which will also serve as a donation drop-off point, is located at 1201 Savoy Plaza Lane at the south end of Savoy Plaza.

Death of former high school principal stuns Danville

DANVILLE — The Danville schools community is mourning the death of a longtime, beloved former leader.