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Top of the morning, Oct. 7, 2014

— In Monday's paper, Staerkel Planetarium's David Leake advanced this week's lunar eclipse, which could start as early as 3:45 a.m. Wednesday (about the time my News-Gazette hits the stoop). Sounds interesting, I told Parkland College's veteran skywatcher. But let's say I don't want to stay up for the whole thing.

UI Vet Med Open House gives kids chance to play animal doctor

URBANA — Kadin Lemme, 6, of Mason City and 8-year-old Emily Duong of Champaign were veterinarians for the day Sunday — as were hundreds of other boys and girls who took part in the University of Illinois Vet Med Open House.

Camp offers kids 'a safe place to talk'

MONTICELLO — Last year when her mom told her about a special camp for kids who had lost a loved one, Diana Siedenburg wasn't sure if she wanted to go.

Her jitters disappeared as soon as she arrived and saw scores of counselors and volunteers dressed like pirates.

Director of UI Prairie Research Institute stepping down

CHAMPAIGN — The founding director of the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute is stepping down after six years and plans to retire next year.

William Shilts has been head of the research institute since it was created in 2008 to house state scientific surveys when they were transferred to the UI from the state's Department of Natural Resources.

Research programs on hold, but no signs of Ebola at UI

Two University of Illinois research programs designed to help farmers in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been put on hold this semester, just one of several ways the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has affected a campus thousands of miles away.

Meanwhile, the UI says no signs of Ebola turned up from its check of about 30 African students who arrived on campus in August.

Wise on proposed medical school: 'Only we can do this'

CHAMPAIGN — It's time to be bold, to lead, to act.

That's the message University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise has been delivering around campus and throughout the state as she makes her pitch for a new College of Medicine for the Urbana-Champaign campus. UI educating students on fire safety

URBANA — For the past month, the University of Illinois has been teaching students about preventing fires as a part of a national campus-fire-safety initiative.

Nowhere are those lessons more needed than in the fraternities and sororities that routinely have dozens of fire-safety violations.

The latest in the Steven Salaita saga

Nearly three weeks after the University of Illinois Board of Trustees rejected his appointment to the faculty, Salaita and his lawyers appear closer to taking legal action against the UI. "We're getting our ducks in a row," Salaita's lawyer, Anand Swaminathan of Loevy & Loevy in Chicago, said Tuesday.

Panel discussion set on Iraq, Syria, Islamic State

URBANA — Experts on the Middle East will present a free panel discussion on the Islamic State, Syria and Iraq on Thursday at the University of Illinois.

State halts insurance deduction from pension checks; refund timing uncertain

Thousands of retirees from the University of Illinois and other state agencies should notice a slightly larger annuity check this month.

Health insurance premiums will no longer be deducted from pension checks as of Oct. 1, following summer court rulings that overturned a state law requiring retirees to pay toward their insurance coverage.