TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — If jurors sentence Brendt Christensen to die for the kidnapping and killing of Yingying Zhang, his next move will be just over the state line — to the federal “death row” at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, where he’d join a list of infamous inmates.

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UI College of Engineering's director of advancement Jonathan Hill — infected with HIV and hepatitis C as a child because of factors used to treat his hemophilia — is back to work after a long illness and liver transplant.

New 9:52 a.m. Monday:Ameren Illinois said power has been restored to around 2,100 customers west of Danville.Spokesperson Marcelyn Love said the outage was caused by an equipment malfunction at a substation.**Original story:

On Friday afternoon, The News-Gazette was named the top newspaper in its class in Illinois for the third consecutive year, continuing a streak unlike any other in our 165-year history.

Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with one veteran/retired reporter from each of the Big Ten's original 10 schools, finding out about the best/worst personalities, elite athletes and the best places to get a pregame snack — or postgame beer.

Now that Exelon's Clinton power plant is slated for closure next year, a spokesperson for the company said the decommissioning process of the facility will take several years. Michael Kiser has more.[player1]The Clinton power station is slated for closure on June 1st of next year, while the Quad Cities location will shut down in June of 2018.

Today the WDWS news team wraps up its countdown of the year's top five local news stories. The 2014 general election had several twists and turns and proved to be historic for our listening area. Phillip Kisubika has more in these two reports.[player1][player2]

The WDWS news team continues its countdown today of the top five local news stories of 2014 as determined by the news team.  In the number three slot: a day a Douglas County community had long hoped for and waited for, and now the area is excited about the future. Michael Kiser reports.[player1]

WDWS radio's year-end reports continue today with a look at the fourth biggest local news story of 2014 as determined by the DWS news department.  This was the year that groups made some progress in their long-time efforts to ban the dumping of toxic waste in a landfill on top of the Mahomet Aquifer. But the landfill owners aren't giving up on their plans.  Carol Vorel has more.

Today the WDWS news team begins its series reviewing the top five local stories of 2014 as determined by the news team.  Checking in at number five: the University of Illinois gets a new president. Timothy Killeen was introduced in November, and there was plenty from a cross-section of the university thrilled with the appointment. Scott Beatty has more.[player1]

As we get closer to changing the calendar to 2015, one of the bigger issues facing our area is when will another driver's license facility open in Champaign? A spokesman for that office says finding a solution has been deemed a top priority by the secretary of state himself. Michael Kiser reports.[player1]