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Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame as sweetener

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

Carle takes interim step in assessing Ebola cases

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital could be a step closer to joining the nation’s small network of Ebola treatment centers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health responded favorably at site visits earlier this month, according to hospital officials.

Scharlau: Health care, construction spending going nowhere but up

CHAMPAIGN — The payrolls of Champaign County's big health care employers keep rising.

In 2014, the payrolls of Carle, Presence Covenant, Christie Clinic and Health Alliance climbed by 7.3 percent to $598 million. Next year, they're estimated to rise another 6.9 percent, Busey Bank Vice Chairman Ed Scharlau said in remarks prepared for the bank's economic seminar this morning.

Secretary of state promotes organ, tissue donation in Champaign visit

CHAMPAIGN — Secretary of State Jesse White said 5.7 million Illinoisans are registered as organ and tissue donors, but he wants more to join the program.

Expert's talk will highlight jail diversion

URBANA — A nationally recognized expert on delivering mental health services to people who often end up in local jails will speak at a public meeting in Urbana on Thursday.

N.C. firm taking over Christie's clinical research

CHAMPAIGN — Christie Clinic is poised to turn over the operation of its clinical research department to an outside business operating 11 other clinical research sites.

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based PMG Research is set to assume the operation of Christie’s clinical research department on May 1, the company and clinic said.

Therapist hopes film spurs talk on binge drinking

CHAMPAIGN — For former binge drinker-turned-recovery advocate Veronica Valli, it's hard to understand why society so often accepts drinking to excess and ridicules teetotalers.

"What is this culture that was created, that abusing alcohol is normal and promoted and celebrated?" she asks.

Carle taps head of future school

URBANA — The Carle Health System has selected a nurse/manager as its first executive director of the future Carle-Illinois College of Medicine.

Kayla Banks, the 31-year-old director of clinical outcomes for Carle Foundation Hospital, will begin her new position Monday.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision to suspend $26 million in social service grants.

Finally, Congress OKs bill reshaping Medicare doctors' fees

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press