Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Emergency funds headed to Illinois community colleges

CARTERVILLE (AP) — The Illinois board in charge of community colleges has approved distribution of $3 million in emergency funds to help schools across the state that are in need.

Surgeon general calls youth vaping a public health threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.

In a report being released Thursday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but said e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them.

Trump's choice for China envoy has long ties to Xi

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It may seem odd for the governor of a lightly populated agricultural state to be chosen as U.S. ambassador to China, especially amid escalating talk of a trade war with the major U.S. trading partner.

But Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad boasts a 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades.

Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.

Rollback of truck safety rules may be just the beginning

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The trucking industry scored a victory this week when Republican lawmakers effectively blocked Obama administration safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. But there's more coming down the road.

Recount ends in Michigan after 3 days, continues in Wisconsin

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's recount of presidential votes is over after a judge lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots.

The recount lasted three days in more than 20 of the state's 83 counties. Some counties hadn't planned to start until later.

Energy Department grants to fund Illinois CO2 projects

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — The Illinois State Geological Survey says it has been awarded a pair of federal grants worth a total of more than $12.6 million to try to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.

Trump draws fire over choice to lead EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda."

Union chief's comments draw tweet from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs.

MTD trustees approve 25% tax-levy increase

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District trustees approved a 25 percent increase in the district's property-tax levy Wednesday, although that doesn't mean tax bills will spike by anywhere near that amount in spring.

More likely, it will be a fraction of that sum, MTD Managing Director Karl Gnadt said.