Cleanup underway after powerful storms pound Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least three people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power.

Rauner on hand for ribbon-cutting of EpiWorks' expansion

CHAMPAIGN — Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped in Champaign for a ribbon-cutting Tuesday morning at one of the fastest-growing companies in town.

"Go Illini, go Illini, yay Illini," Rauner said to kick off his speech at II-VI EpiWorks, which recently quadrupled the size of its headquarters at 1606 Rion Drive in northwest Champaign.

New volcanic fissure in Hawaii prompts more evacuations

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A new volcanic fissure on Hawaii's Big Island sent gases and lava exploding into the air, prompting officials to issue calls for more evacuations as residents awaited a possible major eruption at Kilauea volcano's summit.

Storms kill at least 43 across northern India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Powerful winds and rainstorms swept across a crowded swath of northern India, demolishing houses, uprooting trees and killing at least 43 people as the winds turned the skies brown with dust and sand, officials said Monday.

Environmental Almanac | Sharing the benefits of biking

Does the warm spring weather prompt you to wonder about getting out on a bicycle? If so, let me offer some words of encouragement.

Bicycling is good for the planet. It requires no fossil fuel and so alleviates all of the environmental damage caused by drilling for, transporting and processing oil.

Letter from Birdland | Transplanting wild flowers

This time of year, you can find me mostly at my desk, grading papers to beat that final deadline, but I tell my students that they don't want me to grade when I'm fatigued, so I take lots of breaks. I do it for the students.

Entertainment listings, May 10-17, 2018

EVENTSThis weekend


What: Live music by Tony and Craig, Country Heart Band, raffles, 50/50 drawing, car show, American Legion Riders 568 bike display, kids activities, laser tag by Alpha Dog Entertainment, fun for all ages. Fundraising event for the Post.

When: Noon to 7 p.m. May 12.

Where: VFW Gung Ho Post 6750, 675 N. Ohio Ave., Rantoul.

IDOT awards $225,520 for amenities on Kickapoo Rail Trail

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Monday that it awarded $225,520 in grant money for amenities on the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

The grant was one of 218 applications throughout the state for IDOT's Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. The state awarded a total of $35.7 million in grants to 53 projects in 2018.

Environmental Almanac | Warbler neck a common ailment this time of year

Have you noticed friends or co-workers looking a little sleep-deprived lately? Perhaps these same people complain of a sore neck and look past you into the trees while you're talking. You may be encountering birders caught up in the excitement of spring migration.

The Reluctant Townie | Having trust issues with spring

The first day of May brought 80-degree temperatures to the Midwest, which has many East Central Illinois residents dusting off their cargo shorts and asking themselves — should I get back together with spring?

There are some important questions to ask yourself before you jump back into a relationship with your ex-favorite season.