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Power flickering for some in area

Electricity went off for brief moments in some parts of the area Tuesday morning.

Neal Johnson of Ameren said the problem was corrected by 11:33 a.m.

Woman and child hurt in I-74 rollover

MAHOMET — An Ogden woman remained hospitalized Tuesday with injuries she received in a single-vehicle accident near Mahomet Monday afternoon.

Champaign crews picking up storm debris

CHAMPAIGN – Residents in certain parts of Champaign hit hard by Friday's storms will get a helping hand from the city.

Street Supervisor Kyle Schneider said public works crews will pick up limbs and other storm debris from homes north of Kirby Avenue and east of Mattis Avenue beginning immediately and continuing through Monday. Limbs must be out no later than 8 a.m. June 29 and should be on the parkway at the curb but not in the street.

Woman gets 3 years in jail for stealing from employer

URBANA – A St. Joseph woman who admitted stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her former employer has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution to a Champaign restaurant.

Jean Shaffer, 22, pleaded guilty in April to theft over $10,000, admitting that between June 2005 and June 2008, while she was employed at La Bamba, 1905 Glenn Park Drive, Champaign, she used business credit cards to get cash and merchandise for herself.

Urbana Middle hits progress goals for 1st time since '06

URBANA – For the past two years, Urbana Middle School failed to meet state learning standards, and one of the reasons for the shortfall was test scores for special education students.

"We hadn't moved in a couple of years, and we were pretty disappointed with that, because we have a wonderful staff and they were working hard," said Principal Nancy Clinton.

Health departments worried about possible cuts

SPRINGFIELD – Local public health departments are worried they're going to be hit with drastic cuts in their state funding right when they'll need money most – to battle a dangerous H1N1 flu pandemic.

The Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, which represents 80 downstate public health departments, alerted its members Monday that $17 million in local health protection funding appears to be cut from the proposed 2010 state budget.

Parade of Lights set to sail Friday on Lake Vermilion

DANVILLE – The GAO Grotto and the Danville Boat Club will sponsor their joint Parade of Lights on Lake Vermilion at 9 p.m. Friday.

Prior to the parade, food will be served at both locations, which will be open to the public for the event.

Man arrested in Champaign with gun, suspected drugs

CHAMPAIGN – Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Champaign man arrested for armed violence on Friday night.

According to a Champaign police report, officers were called to the 1200 block of North Market Street at 5:57 p.m. Friday after somebody reported a gun allegedly being fired.

Group warns global warming would be devastating to crops

As the planet warms, bringing with it wetter springs and hotter, drier summers in Illinois, one of the state's biggest commodities – corn – will not be immune to the effects of global climate change, according to a report issued Monday by Environment Illinois.

Police probing shooting in Danville Big Lots parking lot

DANVILLE – Police are still investigating a weekend shooting that injured a Tilton man who had just pulled into the Big Lots parking lot in Danville.

James Kyle Wells, 23, of Tilton told Danville police that he pulled into the Big Lots parking lot after 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Deputy Director of Police Doug Miller. Another person, who was in the passenger seat, planned to go inside the store, but before that happened, a black male approached the car and fired a shot inside the car, striking Wells in the leg, Miller said.