Mexico tallying economic cost of earthquake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican government officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings considered in danger rose to 500.

The latest: GOP leaders vow aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the federal aid response in Puerto Rico (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

The top Republican leaders in Congress are promising help for devastated Puerto Rico, with Speaker Paul Ryan calling it a "humanitarian crisis."

Illinois officials encourage quake drill participation

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State officials are encouraging Illinois residents to participate in an earthquake safety drill next month.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m. will mark what's being called "The Great ShakeOut" drill. Emergency management officials say nearly 500,000 people participated in the event last year.

Visitors abandon vacations as Maria churns near Carolinas

Thousands of visitors abandoned their vacation plans and left North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Maria as it moved northward in the Atlantic, churning up surf and bringing the possibility of flooding.

Sewer funding plan on panel's agenda

DANVILLE — Not even half way through its budget year, the city of Danville has spent all its money — $200,000 — earmarked for emergency repair of storm drainage infrastructure.

Just one example, earlier in the year during heavy rains, was the failure of a storm sewer under five houses in the area of Jackson and North Vermilion streets.

Searchers still digging; Mexico City reopens just 1% of schools

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Search teams were still digging in dangerous piles of rubble Monday, hoping against the odds to find survivors at collapsed buildings in Mexico City, where the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 186, and 324 nationwide.

Officials said they had cleared only 103 of Mexico City's nearly 9,000 schools to reopen Monday.

AUDIO: weathering two hurricanes and a tropical storm

The idea of hurricanes or any natural disaster impacting where you live can be a frightening thought for anyone. But when you are going to school on a tropical island, it could be even scarier. Michael Kiser spoke with his sister Sarah Plants, who in just under three weeks has experienced two hurricanes and a tropical storm on the island of St. Kitts.


Travel/Missouri River, Part II: In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark


In this space a few weeks ago, we offered some highlights along the lower Missouri River. This week, we turn to the upper portion of the Missouri.

We recommend flying into Bismarck, N.D., which is located on the Missouri, and renting a car for this leg of the Lewis and Clark trip to the headwaters of the Missouri.

Letter from Birdland: Eight-legged artists hard at work

The hurricane has sent its weather up here, but now, with the weakened fury, we don't even seem to be getting any rain.

UI professor emeritus: Global population boom begetting challenges

URBANA — Just within the lifetime of University of Illinois Professor Emeritus David Sherwood, the world's population has tripled to nearly 7.6 billion, and though the rate of growth is declining, U.N. data predict there will be another 2 billion of us by 2050.