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Health Care

New home for Prairie Center

Ribbon-cutting, open house set for Sept. 8

DANVILLE — Prairie Center Health Systems has a new Danville location.

The agency, which provides substance-abuse prevention and treatment services, opened for business this week at 1222 E. Voorhees St., known to many as the old Mettam Safety building.

Younger children advised to skip needle

CDC recommending nasal spray for kids 2-8

CHAMPAIGN — Getting a flu shot isn't necessarily a kid's favorite thing to do, but many younger children will likely be able to bypass the needle this year.

U.N.: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000

JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press
KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press

Group proposing medical pot operation near LeRoy

LeROY — Representatives of ICC Holdings have big plans for 20 acres of land outside of town by Salt Creek Road.

The acreage could soon be home to a medicinal cannabis cultivation center if the state grants the group a license later this year.

Area plot 'best' for pot

MONTICELLO — A Chicago company wants to put a medical marijuana cultivation center on 23 acres of land in Monticello that it already has under contract.

Marijuana cultivation group chooses Clinton

CLINTON — Farmer City is out of the running for a medicinal marijuana cultivation center.

The group that was in discussion with city manager Larry Woliung told DeWitt County Board members: "You beat out Farmer City."

'Smoked,' but not by stroke

CHAMPAIGN — The air temperature was 94 degrees, and it was at least 10 degrees hotter on the Memorial Stadium turf when U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and 12-year-old Jackson Cunningham lined up for a 40-yard dash in front of about 20 University of Illinois football players and other observers.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 24, 2014

Inspired by a cheery video describing the Champaign-Urbana of 25 years from now — zero poverty! zero unemployment! — we asked experts to gaze into their crystal balls and tell us how things will be dramatically different in their fields come 2039.

ON LIFE EXPECTANCY

PHILLIP SHARP

Fundraising feat could carry slight health risk

CHAMPAIGN — It's fun, and doing something to help fight a debilitating and invariably fatal disease. But is dumping a bucket of icy water over your head safe for everyone?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising campaign for the ALS Association that's exploded via social media, has raised $53.3 million as of Friday, the organization said.

West Nile virus found in mosquitos, bird in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — West Nile Virus has turned up for the first time this summer in Champaign County, thanks to the recent hot weather spell.

A mosquito sample pool and a dead bird, both collected in Champaign, tested positive for the virus, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Friday.