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Boil order for all of Villa Grove

The entire city of Villa Grove is under a boil order until further notice due to a large water main break. No word on when the order might be lifted.

Champaign man gets probation for exposing himself to woman in Savoy

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot of a Savoy business has been ordered to get a sex-offender evaluation.

Joe Phelps Jr., 27, who listed an address in the 500 block of Crescent Drive, was sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty Thursday before Judge Brett Olmstead to one count of misdemeanor public indecency.

Champaign man accused of having cocaine for sale in home

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly had cocaine intended for sale in his home Wednesday has been charged with a number of felony offenses.

Urbana school board to vote on demoting admins placed on leave

URBANA — The Urbana school board will vote Sunday on whether to demote three of its top officials to teaching positions.

Former Superintendent Don Owen and assistant superintendents Kathy Barbour and Samuel Byndom are listed on the agenda for a board vote to not renew any of their employee contracts.

Head-shaving event to benefit St. Baldrick's

ROCKFORD (AP) — Rockford University's Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement is having a unique fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation.

"Rockford Goes Bald: Head Shaving Event for St. Baldrick's" will be Feb. 27.

Body cameras proposed for officials doing Illinois business

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican in the Illinois General Assembly says all elected officials in the state should be required to wear body cameras while conducting government business.

Rep. John Cabello of Machesney Park tells the Register Star in Rockford the intent of the bill he introduced is to reduce corruption at the state and local levels.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to confuse flies

LONDON (AP) — Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies.

That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes.

Cohen talking to congressional panels next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee will interview President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Las Vegas Strip gets first snow in decade

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.

A half-inch of snow began falling late Wednesday, marking the first significant snowfall at McCarran International Airport in a decade, the National Weather Service said.

WHO says measles epidemic in Madagascar has killed 900

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September.

Those most at risk are infants from nine to 11 months old.

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