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Second man in Urbana sex assault case turns himself in

Markel Brown, wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a teen last week, turned himself in Thursday night. Brown, 21, whose last known address was in the 900 block of South Lierman, Urbana, is expected to make a court appearance Friday afternoon.

Area history, Feb. 12, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

SAT officially test of choice, a decision that frustrates many

SPRINGFIELD — It's official: The SAT is now the state-funded college entrance exam of choice in Illinois.

And with weeks to go until juniors across the state get out their No. 2 pencils, school administrators can officially begin panicking now.

OK sought for Paxton gaming parlor

PAXTON — The Paxton City Council will look into the possibility of allowing a Gibson City businessman to open a gaming parlor.

Area update: Gibson City liquor, utility tax ordinances altered

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City's liquor and municipal utility tax ordinances were reissued with changed language.

The liquor ordinance now allows all license holders to begin serving alcohol at 11 a.m. instead of noon on Sunday. The change was requested by the new restaurant Burgers & Beer, which opens at 11 on Sunday and serves beer and wine.

Champaign native to lead UI's government relations efforts

URBANA — The University of Illinois has selected Lindsay Anderson — a former advisor to state agencies, lawmakers and Illinois' last governor — to serve as its executive director for governmental relations, President Tim Killeen said Thursday.

The 37-year-old Anderson is a native of Champaign, a UI graduate and an attorney with Chicago-based McGuireWoods.

Danville struggling to hire minority and women police, firefighters

DANVILLE — The city recently added another female police officer to its force, but officials acknowledge they still have a long way to go before the makeup of the police and fire departments reflects the diversity of Danville.

This day in history, Feb. 12, 2016

Today is Friday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2016. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.

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What's in a name? Bresee Tower

Nearly 100 years ago, the 12-story Bresee Tower served as a symbol of a thriving Danville economy. Although it's now been vacant for a decade, it remains as recognizable a landmark as there is in the Vermilion County city.

Danville, Rantoul districts get state OK for millions in interest-free loans for construction work

Three area school districts are among 29 across Illinois that have received the state's OK to take out interest-free bonds for construction projects.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced that nearly 200 districts across the cash-strapped state — including Champaign and Urbana — applied for its Qualified School Construction Bond program.