California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child's meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.

Army misses 2018 recruiting goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since 2005, the U.S. Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra $200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues.

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast.

New evacuations ordered because of Florence flooding

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A new round of evacuations was ordered in South Carolina as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.

UI fundraising record: almost $500 million in one year

Updated 10:30 a.m.

The University of Illinois system raised nearly $500 million in fiscal 2018, a new record, with most of that contributed to the Urbana campus.

Parents have one word for Urbana's French dual-language program: Enchanté

URBANA — Much has been made over the multimillion-dollar upgrade to Yankee Ridge Elementary School this year. With larger classrooms and windows and a large gym named after a former Olympian, it's difficult not to see what's new.

But one thing new to the building — and the district — is perhaps better heard than seen: The school houses the district's new French dual-language program.

Religion calendar, Sept. 21-28, 2018

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UI grad student to be honored for efforts to support fellow immigrants

URBANA — Carmen Hernandez knows firsthand the challenges students from immigrant families face in getting a college education.

One of her goals at the University of Illinois is to be a help to undergraduates facing the same obstacles she has, "because I was once in those shoes," she said.

This day in history, Sept. 21, 2018

Today is Friday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2018. There are 101 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

On this date

In 1792, the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 21, 2018

Champaign's PAT and CINDY SCHILLING are longtime Illinois fans. But the Schillings now have another orange-and-blue team to cheer for: Syracuse.

The couple were at Saturday's Syracuse-Florida State game in the Carrier Dome. They watched as the Orange whipped the Seminoles 30-7.

What's the connection? Family.