Pavlov Media will merge with North Carolina firm

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based Pavlov Media has agreed to merge with North Carolina-based Wavelength Corp., with Wavelength becoming a Pavlov subsidiary, the companies announced this week.

Local firm among finalists in business plan contest

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign firm is one of six finalists in a business plan competition that will pay $10,000 to the winner.

Aptimmune Biologics will vie with companies from Evanston, Libertyville, Moline, Brookfield and Madison, Wis., in the 2011 Propel Business Plan Competition.

New research park deal up for vote

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois is closer to signing an agreement with the local developer who will build the next phase of the university's research park.

UI suggests turbine could be moved

URBANA – As the costs of a University of Illinois wind turbine increase, south Urbana residents worried how the turbine would affect their property values brought more questions to a second public meeting on Monday night.

State fines AT&T for outage that hit Urbana

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Commerce Commission has found AT&T at fault for a days-long interruption in its own service in November that affected an undetermined number of customers in Urbana.

Jim Deignan, director of AT&T regulatory, said the communications company will not appeal a $2,700 fine doled out by the ICC, which it learned of last week.

School could bring fast Internet to community

ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants faster Internet.

The high school is planning on hooking into the Illinois Century Network, a telecommunications pipeline already used by thousands of schools and other public entities statewide.

Littelfuse holds open house with a bang

CHAMPAIGN – Put a 31,000-ampere, 600-volt electrical current through 10-gauge wire, and what do you get?

A brilliant flash, a loud explosion, clouds of smoke – and a vaporized wire.

Then, engineers at Littelfuse's high-power testing lab in Champaign repeated the demonstration, using one of the company's circuit-protection devices.

Research park facility to have grand opening

CHAMPAIGN – Littelfuse Inc. will hold a grand opening this afternoon for its engineering facility in the University of Illinois Research Park.

The event, designed for the UI community, will be attended by Littelfuse CEO Gordon Hunter and will feature demonstrations in which high-voltage electricity is sent through fuses to test their durability.

Nominations sought for innovation awards

CHAMPAIGN – Nominations are being sought for the Innovation Celebration awards, presented annually to those who have contributed to economic development in Champaign County.

This will be the sixth year for the awards. A presentation ceremony is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the atrium of the Gateway Building in the University of Illinois Research Park.

DACC to consider climbing tower for turbine courses

DANVILLE – One of the first skills that students learn in Danville Area Community College's wind energy degree program is how to scale the turbine towers. Faculty and students must travel significant distances to do that, but that will change this year.