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Doors to open earlier for State Farm Center shows with more security

CHAMPAIGN — You might have a longer wait for some events at State Farm Center.

Doors will open earlier to accommodate new security procedures, including increased use of electronic wands, that will be employed at some events, beginning with Thursday night's Florida Georgia Line concert.

DUI suspect probably won't be in court, but victim's family will be

URBANA — After a New Year's Day head-on collision that killed LaDonna "Jeannie" Brady, state police controversially decided not to arrest the other driver, instead giving Esteban J. Tomas a notice to appear in court Feb. 24.

Tomas hasn't been seen since then, and isn't expected to attend Friday's hearing.

Tests for coal-ash contamination keeping Kickapoo pond closed

OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.

Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.

Lieutenant governor praises Urbana Aquatic Center in visit

URBANA — The Urbana Aquatic Center — owned by the school district and managed by the park district — was praised Tuesday by a top state official as a shining example of how shared services by local governments can lighten the tax load on citizens.

Tom Kacich: Bill looks to memorialize victims of '79 gunfight

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State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, has introduced legislation to memorialize an Interstate 57 overpass south of Paxton that was near the scene of a bloody Saturday night gunfight almost 38 years ago.

Owner of Burger King, Tim Hortons buying Popeyes for $1.8B

NEW YORK — The parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons is buying Popeyes for $1.8 billion, with plans to accelerate the growth of the fried-chicken chain.

Panel weighs proposal to name Vermilion courthouse after Garman

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County Board committee has altered a proposal to re-name the downtown Danville courthouse after Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman.

The board's property committee met Tuesday night to consider a resolution to change the name of the Vermilion County Courthouse to the Rita B. Garman Justice Center.

Urbana superintendent may rethink admin's demotion

URBANA — There will likely not be a school board vote on the proposed demotion of Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum from Urbana's deputy superintendent to an elementary school principal, according to Superintendent Don Owen.

Area history, Feb. 22, 2017

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2017

The ROSDAIL siblings paid close attention to how their parents interacted.

"They were really in love," said KAREN (ROSDAIL) LEARNARD, one of five kids who all graduated from Georgetown High, "and I think that rubbed off on us."