Schools' weather calls help keep parents informed

CHAMPAIGN – With the winds howling and snow blowing Sunday, the same question popped up among families across town.

Will we have a snow day tomorrow?

Champaign parents may have learned the answer that evening via radio, television or Internet, but they also received a friendly phone call or e-mail – or both – from the school district.

Hundreds without phone service in Paxton

PAXTON — More than 300 customers of Conxxus were without telephone service in Paxton late Wednesday morning as the local telephone company tries to correct the issue that caused the outage.

The outage was affecting all of Conxxus’ residential and business telephone customers in Paxton as of 11:20 a.m., an official with the company said.

Ford County approves permit for wind farm

PAXTON – The Ford County Board has approved a special-use permit for a wind farm east of Paxton, despite some vocal objections to the county's rezoning process.

After hearing two letters and listening to public comments, board members approved the special-use permit application by E.On Climate & Renewables for the firm's 150-megawatt Pioneer Trail Wind Farm.

Meeting set on wind turbines in Urbana

URBANA – University of Illinois officials have scheduled a public information session about a proposed wind farm just south of Urbana.

Members of the public are invited to attend the session on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St.

Researchers develop laser technology that can identify cancer cells more quickly

CHAMPAIGN – Undergoing a biopsy is stressful enough without that sometimes long, nail-chewing wait to find out if it's cancer.

But swifter and even more informative biopsy results could be on the way.

Company that supplies hotel phones moves, changes name

CHAMPAIGN – Scitec/TeleMatrix has moved its Champaign office to a new location – and adopted a new name.

The company, which supplies hotels and other businesses with customized phones, recently moved to 3358 Big Pine Trail, C, in the Pinehurst Commons office park off Olympian Drive. The office was previously in the Apollo subdivision off North Market Street.

Few hitches in moving UI students to new e-mail system

URBANA – Moving 30,000 undergraduates to a new e-mail system has gone smoothly at the Urbana campus.

House revives coal-gas plant plans

SPRINGFIELD – Just hours after it had failed in the Illinois House, a plan for a $3.5 billion clean coal gasification plant in Taylorville was resurrected with a 63-50 vote.

Comcast channel moves take effect

CHAMPAIGN – Some subscribers to Comcast's "standard" cable service lost access to several channels Tuesday as a result of not having digital set-top boxes and digital adapters.

Coal gasification plant hits hurdle in General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD — Plans for a $3.5 billion clean coal gasification plant in Taylorville stalled Tuesday when supporters came up two votes short of passage in the Illinois House.