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Top of the morning, April 23, 2016

All she wanted to do was rest her tired legs before heading to catch a flight out of McCarran International Airport on Wednesday.

"There's nowhere to sit in Las Vegas other than a bar or a slot machine," lifelong Danville resident and popular hairstylist Mary Randall said. "I picked a slot machine."

Good decision.

What's in a name? Possum Trot

OAKWOOD — It never fails. Every so often, someone will enter the Possum Trot Supper Club, tucked away on Batestown Road just off U.S. 150, and ask owner Greg Wright if there's possum on the menu.

"We get stuff like that all the time," said Wright, who's owned the Vermilion County restaurant since 2002 with his wife Nina.

Professor, 87, marks 50th year on campus

CHAMPAIGN — The tradition in Roy Axford's family is to work forever. That's why, at 87 years old and celebrating his 50th year as a professor at the University of Illinois' department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, he still teaches a full load of classes and has no plans of stepping down.

Retire? Him?

Wall that Heals coming to Mahomet

MAHOMET — After over a year of planning, the Wall that Heals is on its way to Mahomet — and organizers of the effort are now looking for volunteers to lend a hand.

Weekend planner, April 22, 2016

Three items of note happening this weekend:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY: Three local public libraries will host financial literacy programs for children and their parents — called Money Smart Kids Read — on Saturday morning: Mahomet at 10, Champaign at 10:30 and Rantoul at 11.

Area history, April 22, 2016

Today is Friday, April 22, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Area mom: Son killed in fall just 'having fun'

As a youngster, Tyler Gutierrez could walk into a room of strangers and make several new friends.

Top of the morning, April 22, 2016

Kelly Steffen is new to the area. And new to Twitter.

On Tuesday night, the first-year girls' track coach at St. Joseph-Ogden became the 4,000th follower of @ngpreps, The News-Gazette's prep sports Twitter account.

Parents on hand for Senate OK of Gabby's Law

Got a question for Tom? Ask it here and you'll get an answer Friday

Just 1 question: Why care about voting?

No matter whether the country's next commander-in-chief is a real estate mogul, a former secretary of state or an 11th-hour surprise, Central High School students are excited to have their say.