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Michigan State board rejects effort to oust president

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's governing board rejected an effort to oust the school's interim president Friday as trustees met to discuss how to pay for a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Danville VA among hundreds facing challenges in filling ranks

DANVILLE — As chief of the medical staff at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Dr. Dean Shoucair has no shortage of responsibility, but he still makes time on a daily basis to work with the human-resources team on physician recruitment.

Pension granted to family of dead firefighter challenged

BUFFALO GROVE (AP) — Officials of a northern Illinois village say they will appeal the granting of line-of-duty death benefits to the family of a veteran firefighter who died this year of cancer.

The appeal by Buffalo Grove seeks to overturn a first-of-its-kind ruling in Illinois in which the pension board declared Kevin Hauber's colon cancer was caused by his work as a firefighter.

New evidence that viruses may play role in Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

The findings don't prove viruses cause Alzheimer's, nor do they suggest it's contagious.

Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first license for businesses to grow the drug.

West Nile shows up in Champaign County earlier than usual

CHAMPAIGN — Just in time for the official first day of summer, West Nile virus has turned up in Champaign County.

The first sign of the virus was detected recently in an infected mosquito batch in Champaign, according to Jeff Blackford, coordinator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's mosquito-control program.

Entertainment listings, June 21-28, 2018


This weekend


What: Fair features queen pageant, exhibits, dirt track racing, motocross, truck and tractor pull demo derby, livestock, carnival food and more.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. June 21-24.

Where: Fairgrounds, 1180 East Road, Oakwood.

Cost: Single day pass, $6; family 4 pack bundle, $20; weekly admission pass, $26.

The Health Reporter Is In, June 21, 2018

Q: Do any C-U pools offer separate swim times for kids with sensory processing issues?

A: The Urbana Park District is making quiet "sensory-friendly" swim sessions available for the first time this summer. They're from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Fridays through Aug. 17 at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center, 102 E. Michigan Ave.

Blood donations urged as two products run critically low

URBANA — Two blood products used by area hospitals are at critically low levels, and donors are needed especially in the days before the July 4 holiday, according to Community Blood Services of Illinois.

The agency called on all eligible donors to step up, saying the supplies of type O and type B red cells have reached critical levels.

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have picked well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees.