Storm system that killed 3 in Midwest rumbles eastward

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people as it spawned tornadoes and destroyed more than 100 homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.

Weather service, governor to survey Illinois storm damage

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service says survey teams will be moving across Illinois to catalog damage and determine the number of tornadoes that swept across the state.

Meteorologist Amy Seeley says the teams on Wednesday also will determine how long tornadoes were on the ground.

The Great Outdoors: Turkeys, bobcats, mushrooms, adventures

On Wednesdays, staff writer Tracy Crane shows her wildlife side. Email her at tcrane@news-gazette.com.


The age of SCOTT BRANCA's son, HUNTER, when he shot his first turkey.

The warmer-than-normal weather has the Branca boys itching to get into the woods for the spring wild turkey hunt.

Letter from Birdland: Getting an early start on spring cleaning

Is it really February? That global warming hoax has me thinking it is springtime in Birdland.

Bulbs are popping up in my flower beds — daffodils, tulips, iris and hyacinths.

On my pie path, garlic shoots push through a litter of leaves in the garlic corner.

The ornamental quince is sprouting buds like pink capers all over its branches.

Emails underscore new EPA chief's cozy ties with industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power.

The latest: Police ready for SWAT situation at protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Authorities are prepared for the possibility that they might have to use force to remove remaining protesters from the now-closed Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 23-March 2, 2017


This weekend


What: Hosted by Unity West PTO. Arrive early to pick your own table, view and bid on the silent auction items. Maximum of eight players per table; work as a team to come up with the answers. 50/50 raffle and games between rounds. Bring your own food.

A walk on Yellowstone's wild side

URBANA — You could call it a memorable meeting of the minds.

It was eight years ago in winter at Yellowstone National Park when University of Illinois Professor Bruce Fouke met famed nature photographer Tom Murphy.

The U.S. National Park Service had hired Murphy to photograph Fouke as he finished up research he'd been doing at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The latest: Pipeline protesters burn structures as camp ends

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest on plans to close a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

Cleanup efforts at the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp are on hold after negotiations broke down between authorities and camp leaders.

Tests for coal-ash contamination keeping Kickapoo pond closed

OAKWOOD — A pond at Kickapoo State Park will remain off-limits to fishermen for the foreseeable future as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continues analyzing whether a coal-ash dump nearby has contaminated the area.

Pond 6, as it's known, is on the south side of Kickapoo and has been closed to the public for about three years.