Police: No more danger after 2 teens shot at Arizona school

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Police say two teens have been shot at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but there is no more danger to the rest of the campus.

Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that she doesn't know whether the victims at Independence High School are students. She didn't discuss the conditions of the teens.

SIU business center to close due to no Illinois budget

CARBONDALE (AP) — Officials at Southern Illinois University say its Small Business Development Center will have to close next month because the state doesn't have a budget.

SAT officially test of choice, a decision that frustrates many

SPRINGFIELD — It's official: The SAT is now the state-funded college entrance exam of choice in Illinois.

And with weeks to go until juniors across the state get out their No. 2 pencils, school administrators can officially begin panicking now.

Danville, Rantoul districts get state OK for millions in interest-free loans for construction work

Three area school districts are among 29 across Illinois that have received the state's OK to take out interest-free bonds for construction projects.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced that nearly 200 districts across the cash-strapped state — including Champaign and Urbana — applied for its Qualified School Construction Bond program.

Just 1 question: Why is National African American Parent Involvement Day important?

In observance of Black History Month, several Unit 4 schools invited black parents to visit their child's classroom Monday as part of National African American Parent Involvement Day.

He changed schools but left plenty behind

URBANA — He raised $10,000 to buy 360 laptops for Franklin Middle School in Champaign.

But 14-year-old Nicolas Ramkumar doesn't want credit for his work.

"I have always been taught to try to help whenever I can," he said. "I was taught to always give back and to leave everywhere I am better than when I got there."

Chamber speaker: Businesses can give context to education

CHAMPAIGN — The growing skills gap in education systems across the U.S. can be filled simply, with the help of local businesses.

That's the message Doan Winkel, an Illinois State University professor and entrepreneur, intends to share at a Champaign County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning.

Bill allowing DACC, VA to trade land passes House

WASHINGTON — By voice vote the U.S. House Tuesday passed legislation allowing for a land swap between the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System and Danville Area Community College.

The legislation is sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and is known as H.R. 3262.

Even Ashton Kutcher's a fan

MAHOMET — When the Mahomet-Seymour dance team's seniors told their coach they wanted to perform to spoken word instead of music, Margaret Miller was hesitant — to say the least.

"I agreed with the girls, that it would be really cool," the third-year coach said of the twist on the competition routine. "But I also knew it would be really difficult and a big challenge."

Area update: Lead tests show no need for cleanup at Rantoul site

RANTOUL — Ground samples taken at the playground at Rantoul's Multicultural Community Center tested well below the level that would require cleanup.