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U of I mumps outbreak worsens; 1 B-N case

CHAMPAIGN — An outbreak of mumps at the University of Illinois continues to grow with nearly 100 cases.

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Farm Progress Show making biggest impression yet

Farm Progress Show making biggest impression yet

DECATUR – Preparations were being made Wednesday for what is expected to be the largest Farm Progress Show in the event's 62-year history.

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Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper

Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) — This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper."

August 26, 2015 9:00 am(0)
Ball State freshman wins free tuition with half-court shot

Ball State freshman wins free tuition with half-court shot

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — An incoming freshman has won free tuition for a semester at Ball State University after sinking a half-court shot.

August 23, 2015 1:00 pm Video (0)
Republicans picnic amid union protests at fair

Republicans picnic amid union protests at fair

SPRINGFIELD – While Republicans rallied at an Illinois State Fair picnic Wednesday, union members stood outside the event protesting budget cuts being implemented by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

August 20, 2015 4:00 am(0)

Rauner looks to Iowa for new Corrections chief

SPRINGFIELD – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner may be considering naming the former chief of Iowa's corrections department to oversee Illinois' massively overcrowded prison system.

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Foot care tips for senior athletes

Foot care tips for senior athletes

The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area was buzzing with excitement in early July as they hosted the 2015 National Senior Games. More than 12,000 seniors from all over the country, age 50 and older, competed in 18-20 multisport events such as tennis, basketball, swimming, golf, track…

July 28, 2015 9:50 am(0)

Governor signals aid for Illiana project

SPRINGFIELD – In a sign the controversial Illiana Expressway still has a pulse, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is seeking legislative approval of tax breaks that could benefit the on-again, off-again project.

July 28, 2015 4:00 am Related (0)

Welfare of children concerns Zimmerman friends, neighbors

BLOOMINGTON — The welfare of the Zimmerman children was on the minds of neighbors and friends after they learned of the arrest of the children's father on Tuesday. 

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Developer pitches privatizing Bloomington golf courses

Developer pitches privatizing Bloomington golf courses

Twin City architect/developer Jim Pearson is doing more than just advocating the city of Bloomington privatize its three golf courses, The Den at Fox Creek, Prairie Vista and Highland Park.

July 20, 2015 9:00 am Photos

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Plane collision marks 2nd fatal tragedy for family in a week

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — A collision between a small plane and an F-16 fighter jet that killed a father and son was the second fatal tragedy to strike their family in just four days, a relative told The Associated Press.

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Progress City ready for expansion to handle more exhibit space

Progress City ready for expansion to handle more exhibit space

DECATUR — Construction soon will get under way on the most significant expansion of Progress City since the site was built a decade ago.

June 17, 2015 6:45 am(0)
Shoe tips for running of the bulls

Shoe tips for running of the bulls

Since the 14th century, the quiet town of Pamplona, located in northern Spain, explodes with excitement from July 6 to July 14. More than a 1.5 million tourists flock to the San Fermin Festival each year to join the weeklong celebration. It’s a nonstop street party filled with parades, music…

June 16, 2015 5:10 pm(0)
Flip-flops pose serious foot problems

Flip-flops pose serious foot problems

As we approach the warm summer months, many people have a natural tendency to pitch their shoes in favor of sandals and flip-flops. Although sandals and flip-flops have been around for centuries, their popularity has grown and become a part of the mainstream. The cheap rubber thongs of the '…

June 16, 2015 10:00 am(0)
Progress City ready for expansion to handle more exhibit space

Progress City ready for expansion to handle more exhibit space

DECATUR — Construction will soon be getting underway on the most significant expansion of Progress City since the site was built a decade ago.

June 16, 2015 8:45 am Photos

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Interactive: Where America's Veterans are Laid to Rest

MooseRoots' Grave & Cemetery Information allows you to search for grave-site locations of family members and friends that have passed. The data set contains almost seven million entries. A majority of the data is from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which tracks graves marked with a gov…

May 23, 2015 9:40 am(0)
Innovative solutions for ugly toenails

Innovative solutions for ugly toenails

Most people look forward to the summer but some are in distress and ashamed of how their feet look. This time of year, most people transition to sandals and flip-flops or go barefoot. In our society however, most people have a perfect body image of themselves that begins at their head and ex…

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Arkansas veterinarian operates on dog that ate 23 bullets

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas veterinarian has kept a dog from going out with a bang after the animal ate 23 live rifle rounds.

May 08, 2015 3:00 pm(0)
Fit feet for pregnant moms

Fit feet for pregnant moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to address the topic of foot care during pregnancy. Pregnant moms and expectant fathers have a lot think about and a lot to do as they prepare for the arrival of their new baby. Moms such as American singer/songwriter Ashlee Simpson are…

May 08, 2015 1:30 pm(1)
Solve your kid's foot problems today

Solve your kid's foot problems today

It’s funny how things have a way of coming full circle in life. During the early 1970s, “Sesame Street” was a cornerstone of my childhood. Now, after 4½ years of parenthood, the show still captures my attention, and it helps me explain the world we live in. The creators of the show have prov…

May 04, 2015 1:00 pm(0)

Bill would establish alert system for dementia sufferers

SPRINGFIELD — A system to find missing adults who have wandered off due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is advancing in the Illinois legislature.

May 03, 2015 9:15 am(0)

Dan Brady declines to run for Congress

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dan Brady took himself out of the running for the soon-to-be vacant 18th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

March 31, 2015 9:00 pm(0)
Dan Brady takes himself out of running for Schock’s seat

Dan Brady takes himself out of running for Schock’s seat

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Dan Brady took himself out of the running for the soon-to-be vacant 18th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

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Road fund diversion on table to help state budget

SPRINGFIELD – Five years and one governor later, Republicans who once fiercely guarded against raids on the state road fund now want to use it to patch holes in the state budget.

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Interactive: Federal highway spending on the decline

Interactive: Federal highway spending on the decline

Spending from the Federal Highway Trust fund declined in nearly every state over the past five years.

February 19, 2015 4:00 pm(0)
Quiz: Can you name America's favorite foods?

Quiz: Can you name America's favorite foods?

Can you correctly choose what America likes most? Questions include favorite food group, favorite cheese, and more. Source: USDA Ag and Food Statistics » http://1.usa.gov/1BhGDXZ

February 16, 2015 4:00 pm(0)
Quiz: What should you get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day?

Quiz: What should you get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day?

What should you plan for this Valentine's Day—champagne and chocolate? Pizza and Netflix? Take this quiz and find out.

February 03, 2015 3:30 pm(0)
Rice breaks hand; Illini face many questions

Rice breaks hand; Illini face many questions

On a team hungry for leadership, moxie and additional skill, Illinois has lost its best player and the one person teammates looked to for on-court leadership.

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Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

Donna Douglas, 'Beverly Hillbillies' star, is dead

NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

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Millikin effort produces musical suite

DECATUR — Writing poetry nearly two years ago for a performance of “Carnival of the Animals” by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra was too much fun.

December 29, 2014 10:45 am(0)

Illiana Expressway gets federal OK

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois and Indiana got a green light Thursday to keep moving forward on plans for a controversial toll road linking the two states.

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Interactive: Tech gift guide

Interactive: Tech gift guide

A look at the top tech gifts for the holiday season, selected and reviewed by AP tech reporters. The gallery provides various price ranges and brand options.

November 24, 2014 11:00 am(0)
Interactive: U.S. immigration policy

Interactive: U.S. immigration policy

President Barack Obama says he will bypass Congress to allow up to 5 million people in the United States illegally to stay without fear of deportation.

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm(0)
Interactive: Wintry weather

Interactive: Wintry weather

An interactive primer on the coming winter includes a map tracking the storm in the Upper Midwest, a video explanation on the polar jet stream and a how-to on winterizing your home.

November 19, 2014 9:50 am(0)

Inside the Field Museum’s hidden flesh-eating beetle room

Warning: Graphic Content.

October 31, 2014 11:30 am(0)
Police: Decatur man robbed his grandmother of $20

Police: Decatur man robbed his grandmother of $20

DECATUR – Police say a Decatur man broke into the home of his 76-year-old grandmother and forcibly frisked the terrified woman before grabbing a $20 bill from her pants pocket and fleeing out a window.

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A second chance to see a total lunar eclipse

A second chance to see a total lunar eclipse

People who missed seeing the total lunar eclipse in April will have another opportunity to view the phenomenon on Wednesday.

October 07, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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Missouri man charged in stabbing over missing pig

Missouri man charged in stabbing over missing pig

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — A 22-year-old man has been accused of stabbing another man in a dispute over a missing pig, police said.

October 07, 2014 3:30 pm(0)
QUIZ: Do you know your state symbols?

QUIZ: Do you know your state symbols?

September 28, 2014 5:00 am(1)

Nail polish that detects date-rape drugs stirs a storm

RALEIGH, N.C. — Four N.C. State University students have dreamed up a striking way to detect date rape drugs that’s getting some major media buzz.

August 28, 2014 11:30 am(3)
At 75, ‘Wizard of Oz’ still flying over the rainbow

At 75, ‘Wizard of Oz’ still flying over the rainbow

Seventy-five years ago this week, L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wizard of Oz” marched into cinematic history as one of the most-beloved movies of all time.

August 14, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

WASHINGTON — As he embarks on his final years in office, President Barack Obama has begun to look beyond the White House to his next task: solidifying his legacy.

August 05, 2014 9:45 am(24)

Man accused of trying to kill woman after she ate cookies

DECATUR – When Allen M. Hall's 49-year-old female roommate ate three Chips Ahoy cookies, that apparently sent him into a frenzy, which almost resulted in her death.

August 04, 2014 11:00 am

New logo to promote farmers who served in military

SPRINGFIELD  (AP) — A new logo on agricultural products will help identify Illinois farmers, fishermen and ranchers who served in the military.

July 30, 2014 9:15 am(0)

As rivers retreat, roads, ferries back in business

GRAFTON  (AP) — Ferry and vehicle traffic around western Illinois and eastern Missouri is returning to normal now that the rain-swollen Mississippi and Illinois rivers are receding.

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm(0)

Man accused of molesting puppy undergoing testing

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man found mentally fit to stand trial on charges that he molested a puppy is waiting for court officials to decide if he's a sexually dangerous person.

July 18, 2014 11:00 am

Illinois hospital fees to pay for error reports

CHICAGO (AP) — A new annual licensing fee for Illinois hospitals that takes effect this month will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.

July 10, 2014 9:00 am(1)
Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits

Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting for up to three months for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doc…

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EBay asks users to change password after breach

EBay asks users to change password after breach

NEW YORK (AP) — E-commerce site eBay is asking users to change their password after a cyberattack compromised a database containing encrypted passwords.

May 21, 2014 4:55 pm(0)

Target 1Q profit falls 16 pct as breach takes toll

NEW YORK (AP) — Target cut its annual profit outlook Wednesday and said its first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as it took another hit from a massive customer data breach and a troubled expansion in Canada.

May 21, 2014 12:30 pm(0)
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