Amazon narrows list for 2nd headquarters to 20

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company's international options open.

Apple banks on tax break to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 18-25, 2018


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4 Illinois housing agencies get federal grants

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Four central Illinois communities will share more than $400,000 in federal housing money to help families with job training, education and more.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the money through its Family Self-Sufficiency Program .

Walmart increases workers' pay, closes 63 Sam's Clubs

NEW YORK — Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam's Club warehouse stores across the country — a move that seems sure to cost jobs — on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.

Families to get $6 million over railroad tank car death

PEKIN (AP) — The families of two central Illinois men who died in 2014 after breathing gas inside a railroad tanker car will split $6 million from a settlement of a lawsuit.

A federal investigation determined 37-year-old Frank Rosebur and 29-year-old Dean Stone were victims of safety rule violations at Agridyne LLC's livestock food plant in Pekin.

Walmart raises starting wages, giving bonuses

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.

Entertainment listings, Jan. 11-18, 2018


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What: Heralded as one of our country's foremost comics. Presented by Exceptional Artists in partnership with Champaign Park District.

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203. W. Park Ave., C.

Cost: Tickets $49.50-$58.50. Additional $5 per-ticket service charges apply (online only).

Hobbico files for bankruptcy; layoffs next?

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CHAMPAIGN — Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, which could result in 332 layoffs at its Champaign facility.

In a statement, Hobbico said that it plans to sell the company and will continue operating throughout the bankruptcy process.

Ohio imposes strict rule on workers' back surgery, opioids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the overprescribing of opioids but isn't sitting well with everyone.