UI faculty, students keep watch on Egypt situation

A University of Illinois professor reports he's now able to speak with his Egyptian mother on a land-line telephone, as communications improve in the tense nation.

Danville gets chance to test emergency plan

DANVILLE – Although Tuesday's storm fell short of projected snowfall expectations, it still blanketed Vermilion County with a significant amount of sleet, some snow and in southern parts of the county, freezing rain.

It also gave the city of Danville its first experience initiating its emergency incident plan.

Snow day? What snow day?

CHAMPAIGN – It was a single line that brought a cheer louder than a great Demetri McCamey dunk.

"Classes are canceled on 2/2/11," the Illini alert text message read on cell phones at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday.

"Snow day, snow day," jubilant University of Illinois students chanted in the Assembly Hall during the Illinois-Penn State game.

Weather outlook: Mostly unpleasant

CHAMPAIGN – If you're hoping for better weather, you'd better head far south or far west.

The outlook for the rest of the month in central Illinois is, in non-meteorological terms, continued lousy.

Outages drop from thousands to hundreds

Updated 8:25 a.m.

Ameren said this morning that it is in the final stage of restoring power to its customers in Illinois, and that if you still don't have power, you should call the company.

Group plans to build three homes in 2011

DANVILLE – Habitat for Humanity of Danville is raising money for its 50th house after 25 years in the community.

Plans are in place to build three houses during 2011.

Meijer launches online grocery-shopping service

Snowbound? Need some groceries? Don't plan on leaving your home for several days?

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery chain Meijer this week has launched a new online grocery-shopping service that allows customers to purchase food and other items online, then have the items shipped to their doorstep.

Electronic edition free again Thursday

The News-Gazette's electronic edition is free again today.

Anticipated delivery problems on Wednesday prompted the newspaper to open access to its online replica edition for free. Those problems are expected to diminish on Thursday, but the paper decided to renew the free offering for a day.

Shoveling may have killed Champaign man

CHAMPAIGN – An autopsy will be conducted in Bloomington on Thursday for a man who may have died while shoveling snow on Tuesday night.

University Y postpones reopening event

Because of poor travel conditions, the University YMCA "Grand Re-Opening" has been postponed.

YMCA development director Becca Guyette said a date will be set for the event.

It was to have started at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at 1001 S. Wright St., C.