Top of the Morning, Feb. 18, 2018

Recording artist Chris Leamy, whose #HePlaysForMe project has drawn national attention, will get some help today from Centennial High's choir. Wearing #TheySingForMe T-shirts, the kids from Champaign will team with Leamy at the Bowery Mission in New York City.

Area history, Feb. 18, 2018

Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

This day in history, Feb. 17, 2018

Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Feb. 17, 1968, the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts, was opened to the public.

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Top of the Morning, Feb. 17, 2018

One of the stars from Opening Day at the state wrestling meet has never even tried on a singlet.

Urbana High trumpeter PAYTON BORICH wowed the State Farm Center crowd with a rousing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off Thursday's three-day event. He sounded — and dressed like — a pro.

Area history, Feb. 17, 2018

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

In 1918, Walter Ray, a farmer living north of Rantoul, escaped serious injury when a wagon he was driving, loaded with coal, was hit by a train as he crossed Grove Avenue. The train was said to be traveling 40 mph. Ray was hurled 40 feet down the tracks but said he was unhurt.

Magazine obtains ex-playmate's account of Trump affair

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife's bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman's eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained by The New Yorker magazine.

Flu season shows signs of leveling off

NEW YORK (AP) — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.

Food box idea draws criticism from Dems, advocates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance": replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed "America's Harvest Box."

3rd new case of Legionnaires' disease found at vets' home

QUINCY (AP) — A third new case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans' home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened dozens more, state public health and veterans' affairs officials said Thursday.

Senate rejects immigration bills; young immigrants in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.