Marcus Jackson/About Town: 'It's not just about generating revenue'

CHAMPAIGN — Fans of the old reality television series "Parking Wars" might be disappointed to learn that the interactions between parking-enforcement officers and drivers here aren't as fiery as they are on the popular A&E show.

"I can't think of many times I've felt threatened," Scott Goslin said.

Residents like what they see at MCORE open house

CHAMPAIGN — Residents got a sneak peek Wednesday at how $44 million in renovations will affect them during and after construction of the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement project, much of which is scheduled to be completed by late fall 2018.

Study: Tech troubles dent car and truck reliability

DETROIT (AP) — Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners.

Pilot, 4 U.S. tourists killed in Australian plane crash

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed into a suburban shopping mall and burst into flames Tuesday, shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

No one injured in semi fire on I-74 exit ramp

TILTON — A fire that began on a refrigerated semitrailer's tire led to an exit ramp on westbound Interstate 74 near Tilton being blocked for several hours Monday morning.

Duck boats face increasing calls for improvements, bans

BOSTON (AP) — With their festive, party-like ambiance and ability to travel on land and in water, duck boats have long been tourist attractions for sightseers around the U.S. But a string of deadly accidents has left the industry reeling, forced safety improvements and led some advocates to call for a total ban on the vehicles.

Uber to investigate sex harassment claim by engineer

LONDON (AP) — Uber's chief executive ordered an urgent investigation Monday into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer who alleged her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

For the retirees, Feb. 19-25, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Boeing vote tells next chapter in Southern unionization

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant are deciding whether they want to unionize, writing the next chapter in efforts to organize labor in large manufacturing plants across the South.

The first round of voting began early Wednesday. A second round was set for Wednesday afternoon to accommodate all employees.

Iowa State could lose thousands on sale of plane

An airplane that nearly cost Iowa State University President Steven Leath his job has more bad news: a lower-than-expected sale price.