Hoopeston man gets 20 years in 2016 fatal shooting in Danville

DANVILLE — A 33-year-old Hoopeston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a former Danville woman in the Fair Oaks public housing complex nearly two years ago.

Health officials: Rumors of meningitis outbreak in Danville are false

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DANVILLE — If you hear about a scary meningitis outbreak in Vermilion County, relax. It's a false rumor.

State police reject FOIA request for dash-cam video in Danville shooting

DANVILLE — State police have denied a request to release dash-cam video from a Danville police car at the scene of an officer-involved fatal shooting earlier this month.

There's a fair bit going on in Ford County

Regulars of county fairs know the adrenaline rush of carnival rides and the familiar crunch of a deep-fried funnel cake. But with all the standard elements of a fair aside, Ford County's annual event has grown to become an attraction to visitors from places far and wide since 1926 — and includes everything from live music to livestock shows.

Danville man accused of killing girlfriend gets 5 years in weapons case

DANVILLE — A 27-year-old Danville man who is accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body was sentenced to prison in a separate weapons case.

Oil prices jump despite OPEC's intention to boost production

VIENNA (AP) — The countries of the OPEC cartel agreed on Friday to pump 1 million barrels more crude oil per day, a move that should help contain the recent rise in global energy prices.

Questions remain, however, over the ability of some OPEC nations — Iran and Venezuela in particular — to increase production as they struggle with domestic turmoil and sanctions.

Top of the Morning, June 23, 2018

Plastic straws are on the way out at a popular downtown Champaign restaurant.

Black Dog has begun stocking environmentally friendly straws made of, yep, straw for thirsty customers via three dispensers.

"It's the right thing to do," co-owner MIKE COCHRAN said. "You hear about how bad plastic is, and you feel terrible about it."

Area history, June 23, 2018

Today is Saturday, June 23, 2018. Here are local news stories from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, work was being rushed to complete the construction of a new gravel and and road through Chanute Field.

In 1968, more than 50 units, including eight bands, had signed up for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration July 4 parade.

This day in history, June 23, 2018

Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history

On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his "Type-Writer," featuring a QWERTY keyboard; it was the first commercially successful typewriter.

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The 64th Piatt County Trail Blazers Rodeo

The 64th Piatt County Trail Blazers rodeo in Monticello on Friday, June 22, 2018.