Florence's flooding claims 3.4 million poultry, 5,500 hogs

About 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to state officials.

Trump rips Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, "I don't have an attorney general."

Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released on Wednesday, said that he's "so sad over Jeff Sessions," whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.

Trump says he's not concerned about Manafort cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.Trump says that if Paul Manafort tells the truth to special counsel Robert Mueller's team then he doesn't see a problem.

College settles ex-football player's suit over hazing

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A former member of a Christian college football team has settled his lawsuit against the school and four of five teammates accused of attacking him.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Wheaton College officials on Tuesday announced the confidential settlement involving Charles Nagy.

August housing construction up 9.2%, but permits slide

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months but applications for new building permits plunged, sending mixed signals for an industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs.

Convicted killer admits slaying 2 girls in 2005

WAUKEGAN (AP) — A former Marine already sentenced to death for killing a sailor in Virginia pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally attacking two girls in a suburban Chicago park 13 years ago.

Death of witness spurs dismissal of drug charges

URBANA — Charges against a Champaign man accused of selling heroin to a police informant have been dismissed because that person died.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the witness was crucial to the prosecution of Elmore Leshoure, 43, whose last known address was on West Eureka Street, so he was forced to dismiss the charges on Tuesday.

Urbana parents, staff unsatisfied with district's approach to discipline

URBANA — Nearly a month into the school year, parents and staff are still looking to district administrators for solutions to discipline issues raised earlier this year.

Illinois Supreme Court set to rule on hospital tax-exemption law

SPRINGFIELD — Hospitals and taxing districts in Illinois have a lot riding on a state Supreme Court decision expected later this week.

The court anticipates issuing its long-awaited opinion Thursday on a constitutional challenge to the state's 6-year-old hospital tax-exemption law.

Legally Speaking: Melby Huddleston

At 18, MELBY HUDDLESTON was a successful communications and advertising entrepreneur in Venezuela when she decided to follow her parents to Champaign County.