Men charged in drug case

URBANA – Two Urbana men are being held at the Champaign County Jail following their arrests on drug-related charges.

Earl R. Orr, 32, who listed two different addresses in Urbana, was charged on Thursday with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Champaign woman sentenced to 12 years in prison for aggravated DUI

URBANA – A Champaign woman with a history of substance abuse has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for seriously injuring a woman while driving drunk.

Autopsy: Girls died of carbon monoxide poisoning

DANVILLE – Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that the young girls killed in an early-morning house fire Wednesday died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Man gets 12 years for burglary in Champaign

URBANA – A Chicago man who has been in custody more than a year was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for residential burglary.

Michael Q. Rocquemore, 21, pleaded guilty to breaking into a home in the 1300 block of Larkspur Lane in Champaign on Sept. 13, 2009.

State's income growth modest for first half of budget year

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has had only modest growth in tax revenue for the first half of fiscal year 2011, although a precise figure is hard to determine because of the tax amnesty program that ran from Oct. 1 to Nov. 8.

Passage not certain for gambling expansion

SPRINGFIELD – Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer was ecstatic Wednesday after an Illinois House committee voted 8-3 to send a massive gambling expansion bill – which includes a casino for Danville – to the House floor.

Washington, Garden Hills school lotteries to be held first

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district will hold two kindergarten lotteries this year for families with children entering school next fall.

Neighbors, family rocked by fatal fire in Danville

DANVILLE – Fannie Grant lives across the street from the house where two young girls died early Wednesday morning in a fire that investigators believe was a result of children playing with a lighter.

UI professor: Research shows disastrous decline in bee populations

URBANA – Scientists know that bee populations are suffering disastrous drops in population, especially among domesticated bees useful in agriculture.

But a University of Illinois researcher has conducted the first in-depth national study of bumblebees in the wild, and she says the results are distressing.

Danville schools will seek feedback on uniforms

DANVILLE – A meeting this week to discuss school uniforms for Danville students has resulted in a decision to survey both students and parents about the issue.

"The next step is to create the surveys and get as much feedback as possible," said Eliza Brooks, principal of Liberty Elementary School.