Julie Wurth

Reporter/Columnist

Bio

Julie Wurth is a reporter covering the University of Illinois at The News-Gazette. Her email is jwurth@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@jawurth).

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Farmers and drug-enforcement agents spent decades trying to rid Illinois fields of cannabis, considered both a noxious weed and an illegal plant. But the star-shaped “cannabis sativa” is making the transition to commercial crop, now that the state has legalized hemp production and both medical and recreational marijuana use.

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Under bright blue skies, friends, family members and well-wishers filled First Baptist Church in Savoy on Friday to say goodbye to Yingying Zhang, the University of Illinois scholar from China who was kidnapped and killed in June 2017.

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