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Man's arson trial scheduled for August

URBANA – A former volunteer firefighter charged with setting fire to a house near Ludlow last month is tentatively scheduled to be tried in August.

Andrew Bryant, 21, of Paxton appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court on Friday to be arraigned on residential arson and arson charges filed against him last month.

Johnson urges Obama to act on FutureGen

U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, Friday urged President Obama to take "decisive action" on the $1.8 billion FutureGen clean coal plant set to be built near Mattoon.

In a letter to the president, Johnson said "this project is seemingly in limbo and in need of a jump-start."

Woman hurt after losing control of motorcycle

MAHOMET – A Champaign woman was injured when she was thrown from a motorcycle Friday morning.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Lee Ann Fouret, 50, was on the entrance ramp from Prairieview Road to Interstate 74 eastbound about 10:20 a.m.

AmerenIP to answer questions about gas plant cleanup

CHAMPAIGN – AmerenIP will be holding an open house Monday evening at the Fifth and Hill site of a former manufactured gas plant, which is slated for a multimillion-dollar cleanup.

The open house at 308 N. Fifth St. will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Urbana mayor: Proposed aid for displaced too costly

URBANA – Mayor Laurel Prussing and city staff have come out against a proposal to give displaced tenants at least $2,000 if they are forced to move because of a city condemnation or code violations.

But two aldermen are indicating some support for the idea.

METCAD director will retire this month

URBANA – METCAD Director Rick Kallmayer, who has headed the county emergency dispatching agency for almost five years, will retire effective June 26.

Kallmayer said in a statement that: "It has been an honor to work with the METCAD policy board, the public safety agencies and the staff at METCAD."

Many administrative changes coming in Champaign schools

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district plans to eliminate one central office position for the coming school year, and several Champaign school administrators are taking on new assignments.

The district will reduce staff by one position to save money, said Beth Shepperd, assistant superintendent for human resources.

Ameren requests another rate hike

SPRINGFIELD – Ameren filed for a $226 million rate increase Friday that would raise both natural gas and electric costs for most residents of downstate Illinois.

The typical residential customers of AmerenIP, which includes those in Champaign, Urbana and Danville, would pay about $152 more annually – $97 more in electric rates and $55 more in natural gas rates. On a monthly basis, that would be about $8 a month more for electricity and $4.50 a month more for natural gas.

Former firefighter arraigned on arson charges

URBANA – A former volunteer firefighter charged with setting fire to a house near Ludlow last month is tentatively scheduled to be tried in August.

Andrew Bryant, 21, of Paxton, appeared in Champaign County Circuit Court Friday to be arraigned on residential arson and arson charges filed against him last month.

Motorcyclist hurt on I-74 entrance ramp

MAHOMET – A Champaign woman was injured when she was thrown from a motorcycle Friday morning.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Lee Ann Fouret, 50, was on the entrance ramp from Prairieview Road to Interstate 74 eastbound about 10:20 a.m. when she hit loose gravel.