Company resubmits wind farm application in Vermilion County

DANVILLE - An international company interested in building a 40-turbine wind farm west of Rossville has resubmitted its request to the Vermilion County board for a building permit.

UI selected as site for AMD's first Fusion Center of Innovation

URBANA — Advanced Micro Devices has chosen the University of Illinois to be the site of the company's first AMD Fusion Center of Innovation.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm said Tuesday that the center will "fund, mentor and promote" commercial enterprises that emerge from research on campus.

Danville recycling center closes indefinitely

DANVILLE — The non-profit WITS recycling center has closed down its operation in Danville indefinitely due to the high cost of bringing its building up to city codes.

Angela Haas, founder of the St. Louis-based organization, said the costs for repairs to the facility at 1507 N. Bowman Ave. in Danville are just too high.

Transmitter problems knock WRFU off air

URBANA — An Urbana radio station went off the air early Monday afternoon due to transmitter problems.

Bob McClure, a volunteer for radio station WRFU-FM, 104.5, said the station lost its signal at 12:10 p.m. when the transmitter malfunctioned.

McClure said it could be at least 10 days before the transmitter is repaired.

Hobbico picks up three new radio-control lines

CHAMPAIGN — Hobbico has acquired three new lines of radio-controlled cars — one from California and the other two from the United Kingdom.

The Champaign-based manufacturer and marketer of model hobby products announced this week that it had acquired Irvine, Calif.-based Axial Racing, which focuses on rock-crawling and rock-racing products.

Firm a finalist in Clean Energy Challenge

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign-based company has been selected as one of 10 finalists that will compete March 1 for a $100,000 grand prize at the second annual Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago.

Dioxide Materials was chosen from 59 applications submitted by early-stage clean-energy companies in eight Midwestern states.

Wiley assembly reminds students of King ahead of holiday

URBANA — The words in spirituals, protest songs and jazz and blues music tell the history of blacks and civil rights in the United States.

But when they're sung by students at Wiley Elementary School in Urbana, they seem even more special, more historic, more hopeful.

The students put on an assembly Thursday to remember the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vehicles have traffic light control

One feature all new MTD buses include (as well as about 40 existing buses) is the ability to control some traffic lights in Champaign.

Called TSP, or traffic signal prioritization, an onboard computer and radio transmitter can give buses an extra-long green light — or can shorten a red light.

Robinson to direct Institute for Genomic Biology

URBANA — A top University of Illinois entomologist and neuroscientist has been named director of the UI's Institute for Genomic Biology, pending approval by trustees next week.

Professor Gene Robinson has headed the institute on an interim basis since March 2011 and before that was leader of its research group on the genomics of neural and behavioral plasticity.

Man documents tombstones with photos, website

DANVILLE — For Michael Coan, early winter is the best time to go "hunting."

Armed with only a camera, this headstone hunter said he can track small groups of grave markers much easier after the leaves have fallen and weeds have died. And, he prefers cooler temperatures rather than heat and humidity when he's trudging through the countryside looking for small family plots.