Rich Warren: Very few alternatives to iPods

The battery of my first-generation Apple iPod Nano charged for its final time. I also bought the next generation of Nano but left it in a drawer, so the battery completely died after five years of disuse. Apple makes replacing the battery nearly as expensive as buying a new player.

Danville police gather information on security cameras

DANVILLE — Shortly after receiving a call for an armed robbery at First Midwest Bank's main branch on the morning of Aug. 12, police had a vivid description of the suspect thanks to video surveillance taken by the bank's security camera.

They later tracked down another clue — a picture of the getaway vehicle — also captured on a security camera.

Half Century of Progress show brings in farming enthusiasts

Editor's note: WDWS agriculture director Dave Gentry will broadcast live reports Thursday and Friday from the Half Century of Progress show during the DWS News Hour, which airs from 4 to 5 p.m. He will also host a live program from the Rantoul Aviation Center from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Ameren opens smart-grid test facility near UI

CHAMPAIGN — Ameren Illinois has opened a $3.3 million testing facility near the University of Illinois campus that companies can use to try out smart-grid technologies on a live grid.

The utility's new Technology Applications Center, at 2001 Griffith Drive, C, is equipped with a substation and two distribution circuit feeders.

Danville industries offer tour

DANVILLE — The public can get a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the high-tech world of manufacturing at five Danville industries during the first Vermilion County Tour of Industries on Saturday.

Illinois Ancestors: O'Sullivan family traced to Irish royals

Any early history of a family is intertwined with the history of the area where that family lived. The O'Sullivans are considered one of the oldest documented royal families on record, and William Randolph McCreight's research provides details of early history of Ireland and that family.

'Saints Row IV' launches

CHAMPAIGN — When "Saints Row IV" launches today, it will mark the culmination of "tens of millions of dollars" of development work by Champaign-based video game producer Deep Silver Volition.

The fourth game in the Saints Row series has been in the works for two years and involved the efforts of nearly 200 people, said Dan Cermak, the studio's general manager.

Prussing choices for broadband board up for council vote

URBANA — City council members on Monday night could approve Mayor Laurel Prussing's first round of appointments to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband nonprofit board.

Firm gets FDA approval for system to aid implant radiation therapy

SAVOY — Over the last 25 years, Everette "Clif" Burdette has shepherded several medical devices to market, many of them focused on treating cancer.

His current company, Acoustic MedSystems of Savoy, recently got 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the RadVision system.

Carle expands online medical records system

URBANA — Carle Foundation Hospital and Physician Group have added two new features to their electronic medical records system and hope to boost the number of patients using it.