Snow slams Northwest again; even Hawaii gets some

SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday with winter snowstorms pummeling the Northwest again as a larger weather system wreaked havoc in the region and even brought snow to Hawaii.

Ice, snow to blame for Illinois outages, slick roads

AURORA (AP) — Icy, snowy conditions forced schools to close and made travel treacherous in parts of northern and central Illinois.

Washington state slammed by snow again

SEATTLE (AP) — Schools closed across Washington state and the Legislature canceled all hearings Monday as snow and ice storms pummeled the Northwest again, with more winter storms predicted for areas that typically experience very rainy winters but usually get very little snow.

Winter mix moving into Illinois; north may see ice

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm that's bringing a mix of snow and freezing rain to Illinois could coat northern parts of the state with icy accumulations.

Environmental Almanac | February: A month of welcome change

The more I get outside in February, the more I'm reminded what a month of change it is.

Last weekend, as I walked my dogs near home, I noticed that not only were the cardinals and Carolina wrens singing, but that house finches were tuning up as well.

In the Garden | Loss of ash trees is history repeating itself

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an insect from Asia that has plagued native ash trees in Illinois since 2006. This pest was first introduced in 2002 around the Detroit area and has rapidly spread across Michigan and Indiana to infect most of Illinois today.

Proposed solar farm near Homer heads to final Champaign County Board vote

URBANA — Another solar farm proposal took a step forward Thursday night.

The Champaign County Board's Environment and Land Use Committee voted 5-0 to recommend granting a special-use permit to Atlanta-based SolAmerica Energy LLC for a 2-megawatt solar farm on 14.6 acres east of Homer, west of the Vermilion County line and north of the sewage treatment plant.

Study: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40%

DETROIT (AP) — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

The study of five electric vehicles by AAApt also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.

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This weekend


What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Autopsy finds FedEx worker died of fall, not cold

EAST MOLINE (AP) — An autopsy found that a FedEx worker found dead outside in western Illinois amid record low temperatures died of a traumatic head injury.