MANSFIELD – The Piatt County sheriff's office has asked for a warrant for the arrest of a rural Mansfield man in connection with three horses that starved to death and a fourth horse that was rescued.
Meanwhile, the surviving horse, a black Tennessee walker, has been taken into custody at a horse rescue farm in rural Dewey.
CHAMPAIGN – Cleanup of a major gasoline spill in west Champaign from a Wednesday night accident between a van and a tanker truck could take weeks to complete and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The driver of the tanker truck from which thousands of gallons of gasoline leaked was hospitalized in critical condition. The driver of the van and one of her two passengers were treated and released.
URBANA – These are signs of the times:
– Australia has banned incandescent light bulbs beginning in 2009.
CHAMPAIGN – There may not be room to plant a forest in downtown Champaign, but local developers found a place to add an island.
A green one, 44 feet off the ground.
The University of Illinois is giving away about 15 decorated Christmas trees that once adorned its Ice Arena.
David Bagger, assistant director at the UI Ice Arena, said the trees, used to decorate the arena but no longer needed now that the semester has ended, will be placed outside from about 10 a.m. to noon Monday. He said the trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Julie Erlinger has no fond memories of the notoriously rigorous process of National Board Certified Teachers preparation. She had to videotape some of her Urbana High School English classes and watch herself teach.
And then watch the videos again – and again and again.
DANVILLE – Some homeowners near Kickapoo State Park blame a nearby fly-ash dump for tainting their drinking water, and one county board member is pushing for new state laws to better regulate where and how ash is disposed.
"They should have never dumped it here – close around property and wells," JoAnn Osterbur said. She lives near the more than 380,000 tons of fly ash dumped since 1995 in a large ravine on private property in an area known as Grays Siding, just north off U.S. 150, west of the Vermilion County Fairgrounds and Kickapoo State Park.
Matt Herges, a former Centennial star whose comeback with the Colorado Rockies was one of the feel-good stories of the postseason, was included in today's Mitchell report.
Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited report, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark — if not an asterisk — next to some of baseball's biggest moments.
URBANA – The time is right for the government and private industry to think about paying farmers to help reduce greenhouse gases, says University of Illinois agricultural economist Gerald Nelson.
Nelson said he expects proposals like that to emerge from sessions with United Nations officials meeting this month in Bali, Indonesia, to talk about international climate agreements after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
Police reported several minor accidents on East Central Illinois highways on Saturday as freezing rain caused roadways to turn slick.
"We've had a lot of weather-related incidents," said Illinois State Police Sgt. Mike Sturgeon of District 10 in Pesotum. "There were some injuries, but they appear to be minor," he said.