To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs.

Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs.

Area history, Sept. 17, 2018

Today is Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, the Illinois branch of the National League of Postmasters announced they would hold their convention at the Beardsley Hotel.

In 1968, a squirrel shorted out a substation north of Rankin, leaving many people without electricity.

Weekend Box Office | 'The Predator' debuts at No. 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Predator" is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters.

20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters.

Those Who Served | Desert Storm veteran's service was her 'sacred duty'

URBANA — Ronnie Turner-Winston considered her role as a chapel management specialist working with soldiers during Operation Desert Storm a "sacred duty."

This day in history, Sept. 17, 2018

Today is Monday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2018. There are 105 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

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Glove story: Urbana grad's brand breaks barriers with Major League debut

URBANA — Earlier this month, a Major League Baseball player wore a glove created by an Urbana High School grad.

In doing so, Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Jonathan Davis became the first player in the modern era to wear a glove made by a black-owned glove brand.

The Big 10: Triumph in Calgary, tragedy in Lockerbie

Where were you 30 years ago, when we said hello to 'The Wonder Years,' wait-till-next-year to fans of other Big Ten basketball teams, and welcome back to NASA's space shuttle program after a 2½-year break? That's the topic for this week's panelists, who shared with us a memory from 1988.

It's a coroner's job to decide when a death bears closer examination

It was a fairly ordinary call for someone in Duane Northrup's line of work.

Local police checked on a 56-year-old woman whom relatives hadn't heard from in nearly a month. When they arrived, she was found dead, her body "severely decomposed."

The Reluctant Townie | Trump's review of Woodward's 'Fear'

Today's column was "guest-written" by the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

This week, lying Dem operative Bob Woodward, reporter and editor for FAKE NEWS outlet Washington Post, released a book about the first two years of my presidency, titled "Fear."

Getting Personal: Robert and Sondra Libman

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with Robert and Sondra Libman, who have been honored as 2018 Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens. The honor is based on their commitment to education and a lifetime of community service, focusing on the needs of the underprivileged.