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Champaign man arrested for attempted abduction in LeRoy

BLOOMINGTON — A 23-year-old Champaign man remained in the McLean County jail Thursday after his arrest Sunday for allegedly trying to lure a child into his car in LeRoy.

Bond at $125,000 in campus coffee shop robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of robbing a man of his iPad outside a campus coffee shop last month is being held on $125,000 bond.

Dennis H. Boston IV, 19, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Daniel Street, was arraigned Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court for armed robbery and aggravated robbery.

California man arrested in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Rantoul police arrested a California man early Wednesday who was in a car wanted for processing in connection with a murder in California.

J.W. Gayfield, 33, who listed an address in Inglewood, Calif., was charged Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court with being an armed habitual criminal.

Gerard says public comment rules may change

     Champaign Mayor Don Gerard says the city may change the way public comment at meetings is structured after being bombarded with citizen input about the Calvin Miller arrest over the past two weeks.

Trucker crashes avoiding deer on I-72

An Urbana truck driver sustained minor injuries Thursday morning when deer on the road caused him to lose control of his rig.

State police at Pesotum said Darren E. Tharp, 44, was driving east on Interstate 72 on the northwest side of Decatur about 5:15 a.m. when he saw four deer in the driving lane.

State GOP plans straw poll; local party unveils headquarters

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Republicans have the chance to vote in a presidential straw poll this week, either in person or online, but it will cost them.

Lakeview seniors help women, children, veterans

DANVILLE — Four Lakeview College of Nursing students are using their senior "legacy project" to assist abused women and their children and veterans in the area.

Weruche Uzoaru of Champaign, Sara Janes of Urbana, Jessica Rewarts of Royal and Ben Martin of Danville are collecting clothes and personal-care items through their Clothe and Care Campaign.

Plan suggests Danville test a longer elementary school day

DANVILLE — The Danville school district should try a longer day for at least one elementary school some time in the next three years.

An updated draft of a long-term plan for the district recommends trying a longer school day in at least one elementary school some time between 2012 and 2014.

Life Remembered: Steve Farruggia devoted to work, dedicated to family

CHAMPAIGN — Family and friends remember former News-Gazette building superintendent Steve Farruggia as a man who was devoted to his work, enjoyed sports and was dedicated to his family.

Mr. Farruggia, 88, of Champaign, died Tuesday. He worked for The News-Gazette from October 1938 until his retirement in September 2004.

RFK Jr.: Country needs to retool energy system

URBANA — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sees every house as a potential power plant, part of his vision of a carbon-free and more democratic energy future.

Retooling the nation's energy system is the surest way to "walk us out of the recession," he said Wednesday in a speech at the University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium.