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Probation for Urbana woman who picked up cannabis at post office

URBANA — An Urbana woman in possession of cannabis that she picked up at the post office last fall has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Sherry Behnke, 58, who listed an address in the 2200 block of Brownfield Road, pleaded guilty Friday to possession with intent to deliver cannabis before Judge Tom Difanis.

UPDATE: I-57 lanes near Rantoul open after accident

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.

All lanes are open and vehicles have been removed.

A multi-vehicle rollover crash with injuries has resulted in lane blockage on northbound Interstate 57 about four miles south of Rantoul.

The accident at milepost 246 has backed up traffic for several miles.

More to come.

 

Illinois man gets prison in $6.5 million fraud case

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man who defrauded friends and family out of more than $6.5 million has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

New attractions in Orlando power jump in park attendance

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The arms race to build new theme park attractions in Orlando is paying dividends.

In lieu of Tom's #Mailbag: The Royal Wedding

Tom's Mailbag is on vacation. But our Resident Townie is still taking questions: submit them by clicking here.

In the wee hours Saturday, millions will tune in to watch American Meghan Markle and Prince Harry walk down the aisle and say their vows at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Gunman arrested after police shootout at Trump resort

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Gunfire erupted early Friday at President Donald Trump's Miami-area golf resort, as a man shouting anti-Trump rhetoric draped a flag over a lobby counter and exchanged fire with officers in what one official called an "ambush" before being arrested, police said.

Water service restored after pipe break in southern Illinois

BENTON (AP) — Officials say drinking water is flowing again to several southern Illinois communities after pipe break disrupted service and forced the closing of some schools and businesses.

CIA gets first female chief with confirmation of Haspel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11.

Trump to deny funds to clinics that refer for abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal Friday, a senior White House official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the release.

Mercer sisters liquidate Cambridge Analytica

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer and Rebekah Mercer, daughters of Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer, are liquidating Cambridge Analytica, the troubled data collection agency that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and caused a global Facebook privacy scandal in recent months.

The British firm filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection late Thursday in New York.