Area history, April 27, 2017

Today is Thursday, April 27, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, April 27, 2017

Today is Thursday, April 27, the 117th day of 2017. There are 248 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

On April 27, 1967, Canada's Universal and International Exhibition, also known as "Expo 67," began a six-month run as it was officially opened in Montreal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

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UPDATE: No one hurt in crashes on eastbound I-74 near Oakwood

State police say both eastbound lanes of Interstate 74 have reopened following two separate crashes involving semitrailers west of Oakwood. No injuries were reported. Authorities cautioned drivers to use caution when approaching the area.

Original story, published 9:27 p.m.:

DANVILLE — Two crashes on eastbound Interstate 74 west of Oakwood have traffic backed up.

Victim ID'd in weekend fatal wreck northwest of Rantoul

RANTOUL — Champaign County sheriff's deputies and the county coronor's office continue to investigate a weekend crash in the northern part of the county that killed one person and injured another.

PODCAST: Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer

PODCAST: Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer: Play now!

Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer visits the News Hour to discuss his desire to implement a summertime curfew again and the general state of the city.


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Hershey tops profit forecasts, but revenue falls short

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Hershey Co. on Wednesday reported a steep slide in first-quarter profit on a hefty charge, but the results still topped Wall Street expectations.

The Hershey, Pennsylvania-based company saw profit fall 45 percent to $125 million, or 58 cents per share. The drop was due to a $208.7 million charge for property and equipment writedowns.

Hope for preemies as artificial womb helps tiny lambs grow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies — and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

PARIS (AP) — France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible.

Judge cites Trump's words in blocking 'sanctuary city' order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.