Top of the Morning, April 4, 2014

You have to give the folks at CBS and Turner Sports credit for being creative with coverage of the Final Four. Sure, they will present traditional coverage on TBS with Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr on the call. But in an effort to provide fans a more local flavor on the broadcasts, there will also be team-specific coverage on truTV and TNT.

Wiegand proud of 'legacy of excellence'

CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 Superintendent Judy Wiegand said she is proud of what she calls the district's "legacy of excellence" and optimistic about its future.

Wiegand presented her state of the district address to parents and community members Thursday at South Side Elementary School.

Siebel intends donations to 'make change happen'

URBANA — "Make change happen."

That's the philanthropy philosophy adopted by billionaire alumnus Tom Siebel, who has donated millions to the University of Illinois and funded a variety of initiatives, from stem cell research to methamphetamine prevention.

Area history, April 3, 2014

Today is Thursday, April 3, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

UI nursing group sponsoring 5K Sunday

URBANA — When Lynne Stonebock's dad was diagnosed with the fatal neurological disease ALS, the Muscular Dystrophy Association came to the rescue for him and her family, she said.

A University of Illinois senior nursing student, she is giving back to the organization with the help of the Illini Student Nurses' Association, which is sponsoring the area's first Make a Muscle 5K Run/Walk.

Weather spotters class postponed by forecast

A weather spotters training class, which was to be held at the Tilton Public Works Building on Thursday, has been canceled due to the weather.

Officials said the class, put on by the National Weather Service and Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency, will be rescheduled.

Urbana native not just fiddling around

Editor's note: After this story was published, The News-Gazette was told that this concert  was postponed until further notice due to a family emergency in the band. No new date has been set yet.

the NewsBLOOMINGTON — An Urbana native who is now making a go of it as a professional musician credits her experiences in Champaign-Urbana, as well as Bloomington-Normal.

Top of the Morning, April 3, 2014

— Tickets to individual movie screenings at Roger Ebert's 16th Film Festival went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It took all of 10 minutes for three movies to sell out: Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," and "Life Itself," an Ebert documentary. Two more films — "Young Adult" and "Wadjda" — sold out later.

Tolono native in the midst of Washington mudslide recovery

A Washington state representative who grew up in Champaign County said it's going to take a while for the communities near the mudslide to recover.

Illinois Ancestors: Not much is known about Putin ancestry

A recent article in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (March 20) mentions that very little information is known about Russian President Vladimir Putin's family history.