Police run down tips about ambush suspect

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police hunting for a suspect in the fatal ambush outside a rural barracks are checking out a tip from workers who say they saw an armed person wearing camouflage.

Gaza widow offers insight into world of spies

HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press

AP Interview: Iraq premier says no foreign troops

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press

Ivesdale seeks source of water problem

IVESDALE — The village's drinking water has levels of trihalomethanes (TTHMs) that exceed state standards, according to village engineer Tom Overmyer. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agence sent a letter notifying the village last month. The village then sent notices to customers in their water bills.

Charity funding prompts discussion in Urbana

URBANA — A relatively small gift from the city to two local nonprofits prompted a discussion on a larger issue this week as city council members continue to use public funds to support area charities.

St. Thomas More a finalist for National Blue Ribbon

CHAMPAIGN — The High School of St. Thomas More is a finalist for what the U.S. Department of Education considers its highest honor.

The Champaign school is on the short list to receive a National Blue Ribbon. Only 50 private schools nationwide will earn that rating this year, said Aba Kumi, the program's director.

World War II caravan makes stop at museum

DANVILLE — It's been seven decades since George Smith sat behind the wheel of a U.S. Army Jeep.

But when the 91-year-old Danville man gazed upon four fully-restored military vehicles, lined up in front of the Vermilion County War Museum on Tuesday afternoon, he could still remember the feeling of sitting in the driver's seat.

Free car seat check offered Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Safe Kids Champaign County will offer a free car seat check-up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W. Kenyon Road, C.

Area history, Sept. 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Food giveaway set at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Free groceries will be handed out to low-income people in need of food from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the food pantry at Parkland College.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Birkey's Farm Store are joining for the event, in which a truckload of food will be distributed.

People coming for food are asked to bring their own boxes or bags.