Julie Wurth



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).


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.


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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