MTD board to kick off talks on proposed downtown development

CHAMPAIGN — An exceptionally large and complex downtown Champaign development plan is going to require an exceptionally thorough review process, officials say.

Nissan, UAW in battle for votes at Mississippi plant

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The United Auto Workers faces a strong anti-union campaign from Nissan Motor Co. as it tries to gain a foothold in the union-averse South by organizing workers at the Japanese automaker's Mississippi plant.

Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology.

Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit

DETROIT (AP) — Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

Bridge renamed for late state police sergeant

ROCK ISLAND (AP) — A bridge over the Mississippi River has been renamed for an Illinois State Police officer who died near the bridge 16 years ago.

Proposed downtown project a symbiosis of MTD's, developer's plans

CHAMPAIGN — In November 2015, developer Hans Grotelueschen announced ambitious plans for a $95 million project at Washington and Walnut streets.

Just Askin': Champaign gas prices

How do Champaign gas prices compare with the rest of Illinois and the United States?

According to GasBuddy, which tracks prices at 4,378 gas stations in Illinois and many more around the country, as of July 10, Champaign's average price for a gallon of gas was $2.11, down from $2.16 the week before. That's less than Illinois' average of $2.24 and the national average of $2.25.

For the retirees, July 16-22, 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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 217-359-6500.

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

Honda trying to revive midsize sales with 2018 Accord

DETROIT (AP) — The latest version of Honda's venerable Accord midsize car is lower, wider, lighter and sleeker than its predecessor, and the company says it's faster and handles better.

But no matter how nice it looks, how well it drives or how big it is inside, it'll be a tough sell with U.S. buyers who are migrating by the thousands from sedans to SUVs and trucks.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017