Top of the Morning, Oct. 18, 2017

You'll hear MIKE HAILE and BRIAN BARNHART on the air this morning on WHMS 97.5-FM.

If you're driving on Neil Street in Champaign, there's a good chance you'll see them, too.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic but increase sprawl

BOSTON (AP) — A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take on how autonomous vehicles could change cities.

Weakness discovered in Wi-Fi security

Security researchers have discovered a Wi-Fi network vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal sensitive information or spread malicious software while someone is logged into a computer or mobile device.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 17, 2017

On Tuesdays, we'll introduce the students behind "High School Confidential."

Justices to look at government's email dispute with Microsoft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad.

UI med school gets big bump for recruiting first class

URBANA — The first class of students accepted to the Carle Illinois College of Medicine will get a big perk — about $200,000 worth of free tuition.

The cutting-edge, engineering-based medical school won approval last week from a national organization that accredits medical schools, which means it can start recruiting its first class of 32 students for fall 2018.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 16, 2017

The Champaign school district's ongoing effort to renovate and expand its schools has provided a wealth of opportunities for interactive elements to supplement our coverage.

As the story has evolved, so has the technology behind our maps.

Wired In: Ramakrishnan Narayanan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood chats with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet RAMAKRISHNAN NARAYANAN, 24, of Champaign, who just finished up as a graduate student in industrial and enterprise systems engineering at the University of Illinois and is fielding job offers.

Rich Warren: TVs have come a long way in past decade

Follow the rainbow to the pot of gold. LG OLED 4K TVs reverse the promise. Bring a pot of gold to follow this TV rainbow, but it's worth every coin, or credit card. In fact, it's a bargain.

UI-incubated company to use $3M in new funds to scale up product

CHAMPAIGN — After launching its first commercially available product, a company that makes micro-encapsulated self-healing agents for paints and adhesives has raised about $3 million as part its third round of funding.

This round was led by Solvay, a Belgian chemical company, and will be used to help Autonomic Materials scale up its first product, CEO Gordon Fischer said.