UI receives federal grant for carbon dioxide study

CHAMPAIGN (AP) – The University of Illinois is getting a roughly $900,000 grant to study the possible environmental impact of storing the chief man-made greenhouse gas under water reservoirs.

The EPA grant covers what could be a three-year research project involving subsurface storage called sequestration.

Safe Haven members may move later today

CHAMPAIGN – Safe Haven, the self-governing homeless "tent community" that temporarily camped at a church parish center, is expected to move into new quarters starting today at Restoration Urban Ministries in Champaign.

Randolph work starts this week

CHAMPAIGN – A portion of Randolph Street in Champaign will be occasionally closed for about a week while work crews from Lee's Contracting Service complete construction work.

One northbound lane of Randolph Street will be closed both north and south of Hill Street for two to three hours at a time beginning Thursday through Nov. 25, with most of the work taking place between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lane will be reopened overnight and during times when the contractor is not using it.

Danville teachers' contract talks may soon begin anew

DANVILLE – Though Danville teachers and other school staff finally have a new 1-year contract, board members said it won't be long before the two sides will have to start working on a new agreement, and they would like to see representatives come together soon to start talking about issues.

H1N1 flu clinic sites collecting food pantry items

CHAMPAIGN – Planning to come to one of the H1N1 vaccination clinics this weekend? If you're able to spare a nonperishable food item, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is asking that you bring it along.

The vaccinations are free, and a food donation isn't required, public health administrator Julie Pryde said. But, with the number of people expected to turn up at these clinics, her department thought it would be a great opportunity to collect some food for local food pantries.

Poverty rate up in Champaign County, down in Vermilion

CHAMPAIGN – Poverty rates for many counties in East Central Illinois were up in 2008, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Champaign County's overall poverty rate, which is inflated by the presence of University of Illinois students, was 18.7 percent in 2008. A year earlier, the overall poverty rate was 18.2 percent. In 2000, the county's rate was 11.7 percent.

Rental assistance available in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Rental assistance is available for a limited number of homeless or low-income Champaign residents.

Using the City of Champaign's HOME funds, a federal grant of $90,000, the Champaign County Regional Plan Commission will give grants to people who enroll in a program to significantly improve household self-sufficiency within two years.

Woman injured in wreck north of Champaign

RURAL CHAMPAIGN — A 28-year-old Thomasboro woman was injured when her car hit a guard rail north of Champaign on Prospect Avenue.

Champaign schools ponder lockdown for report's release

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign schools are preparing for any reaction to a report on the Oct. 9 shooting death of 15-year-old Kiwane Carrington.

Assistant Superintendent Michael McFarland asked school principals to review the district’s “soft lockdown” procedures.

Slow Cooked: Preparing feast? Be thankful for cooker

Thanksgiving is inching closer, and you're probably starting to plan your holiday meal – and how you'll use your oven space.

We've compiled a few slow cooker recipe for Thanksgiving staples to ease the stress. After all, you can prepare these in your cooker's removable crock a day or so in advance, and store it in your refrigerator until you're ready to cook it. You could even cook it the day before or overnight and warm it up before you serve it. (Remember, warm slow cooked dishes in your microwave or oven, never the slow cooker.) Plus, slow cooker recipes are generally less work, and your guests will never know you used your slow cooker – unless you want to share your success.