CHAMPAIGN – Area TV stations say they aren't planning to add more digital "subchannels" soon, even though they have the flexibility to do so.
When TV stations began broadcasting digitally, they gained the ability to divide their signal across several video subchannels or "feeds."
CHAMPAIGN – The application for state funding for the Urbana-Champaign big broadband project is due today, and the overall project's cost is going down.
The estimated cost of creating a community-owned fiber optic network was reduced by about $10 million, to the $35 million to $40 million range, following a survey of about 500 households this past weekend. The survey showed that more low-income households have Internet service than originally thought, and that several areas in Champaign-Urbana therefore don't qualify for federal funding to have big broadband brought directly to their home.
CHAMPAIGN – For folks who have griped for years about the cable company's "monopoly," there's now competition.
AT&T has rolled out a system that provides TV, phone and high-speed Internet service and is making it available in some parts of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, Danville and Tilton.
Faith, Hope and Charity and the greatest of these – apparently – is Hope.
Not many people know that in the mid-1800s, the three communities of Faith, Hope and Charity were settled in western Vermilion County.
URBANA – Cathy Seebauer squealed as she added baking soda to a beaker with water colored purple from the dye of cabbage, a good pH indicator.
"It turned blue. Cool," said the 11-year-old from Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Public Library is hosting a workshop to explain Twitter to people interested in learning more about the social networking service.
It's scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Robeson Pavilion Room A & B at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.
DANVILLE – Less than eight months after starting production in Danville, Blackhawk Biofuels, LLC has earned BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Board and the National Biodiesel Accreditation Committee.
"Today the petroleum industry is demanding biodiesel from BQ-9000 Producers," Gary Haer, vice president of sales and marketing of Renewable Energy Group, said in a news release. The company is a national biodiesel production and marketing company based in Ames, Iowa. "This certification distinguishes this strategically located, multiple feedstock facility as a high-quality fuel provider for petroleum distributors in Illinois, the greater Midwest region and distributors across the country."
URBANA – The public will help determine where a 138,000-volt power line proposed by AmerenIP will go.
That would supply enough power for a city of 20,000 to 40,000 homes, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission.
URBANA – As a trained rescue specialist, Dave Newcomb doesn't like the odds of getting someone trapped in a grain bin out alive.
"Two out of five are successful recoveries," said the veteran Urbana fire lieutenant. "First you have to expose the person, then decide if it's a rescue or a recovery."
CHAMPAIGN – Hudson Technologies has more than doubled the size of its refrigerant-reclamation center in Champaign and is adding more employees there.
The New York-based company opened a 48,000-square-foot center at 3402 N. Mattis Ave., C, in 2003 and recently leased another 60,000 square feet in a nearby building at 1617 Interstate Drive, C.