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  • TrueStream enters market to offer you a choice on high-speed service Sep 11, 2014 4:50 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features DSL Extreme, which offers TrueStream high-speed Internet services now in the area.

     
  • Caterpillar plans new lab at U. of Illinois Sep 11, 2014 9:37 AM
    Caterpillar Inc. plans to open a new data analytics laboratory at the University of Illinois, the Peoria-based company announced this week. The heavy equipment-maker already operates a center in the university's Research Park where it uses computer-aided engineering to simulate and develop new products. It employs about 55 people in addition to the 60 students working there.

     
  • Peoria man gets 80 years in wife’s murder Sep 11, 2014 9:23 AM
    A former Baptist missionary convicted of shooting his wife to death on Valentine’s Day last year has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

     
  • Illinoisans to mark 13th anniversary of 9/11 Sep 11, 2014 9:23 AM
    Events were planned Thursday across Illinois to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Members of the College Republicans at Bradley University in Peoria planned to put up about 3,000 flags in memory of the victims in front of Bradley Hall. The flags are to remain through Friday.

     
  • Granite City couple charged with abusing baby Sep 11, 2014 9:23 AM
    The parents of a 7-week-old baby who was hospitalized with multiple broken bones have been charged with abusing the infant, police said. Ashlee Wethington, 18, and Kamryn Kerr, 20, of Granite City were charged Wednesday with aggravated battery to a child and endangering the life or health of a child.

     
  • Illinois congressional delegation reacts to Obama Sep 11, 2014 9:23 AM
    Some members of Illinois’ congressional delegation appear to be somewhat behind President Obama’s plan for a military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants in two Middle East nations. In an address to the nation Wednesday, Obama announced he was dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to assist that country’s besieged security forces.

     
  • NIU sees increase in international students Sep 11, 2014 9:23 AM
    n almost 30 percent increase in international students has helped Northern Illinois University record its lowest drop in enrollment in five years. NIU announced in a news release Wednesday that its fall enrollment is 20,611 — a 2.49 percent decrease from 2013.

     
  • Lighthouse on Door County island going high-tech Sep 11, 2014 9:24 AM
    A lighthouse on an uninhabited Door County island is going high-tech. Plum Island sits off the end of the peninsula that forms Wisconsin’s “thumb.” Federal officials are planning to replace its historic lighthouse lens with an LED lantern.

     
  • Wisconsin farmer accused of killing puppies Sep 11, 2014 9:24 AM
    A 68-year-old Dorchester farmer faces felony animal mistreatment charges for allegedly killing eight puppies with a sledgehammer. Terrence Seubert was charged in Marathon County with eight felony counts of mistreatment of animals causing death.

     
  • Wisconsin agencies set up new voter ID process Sep 11, 2014 10:37 AM
    Wisconsin officials said Wednesday they’ve set up a free process to verify birth information for people looking for state identification cards to vote but who lack birth certificates. The announcement comes after the state Supreme last month upheld a Republican-authored law that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. The high court’s decision said the state can’t require someone seeking an ID to vote to pay fees for supporting documents, however.

     
  • Police: 40-pound pet tortoise recovered in Kenosha Sep 11, 2014 10:37 AM
    Kenosha police say a 40-pound tortoise worth about $4,000 has been recovered after its owner reported it stolen. Police say the pet tortoise was eating grass on the front lawn of a house when it was taken on Monday. They say it was dropped off at a Kenosha pet store Wednesday and they’re treating it as a theft.

     
  • U of Illinois trustees won’t hire professor Sep 11, 2014 12:48 PM
    University of Illinois trustees on Thursday decided not to hire a professor who previously lost a job offer at the school because of anti-Israel Twitter messages. Steven Salaita has threatened legal action if he doesn’t get the job. His attorneys have said if he isn’t hired, they’ll go to court to try to get an injunction to force the university to hire him. His supporters in the audience at Thursday’s board of trustees meeting shouted “shame on you,” after the 8-1 vote.

     
  • Illinois officials keep medical pot under wraps Sep 10, 2014 10:45 AM
    It’s unclear if Illinois officials will release complete information about companies seeking to grow or sell medical marijuana in Illinois because the state law that legalized medical marijuana exempts prospective companies’ applications from open records laws.

     
  • 19 Illinois communities get landfill grants Sep 10, 2014 8:29 AM
    Local governments will get more than $1.5 million in grants to inspect pollution-control facilities such as landfills and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping, Illinois officials said Tuesday.

     
  • 2 Illinois schools get $8.435 million from DOE Sep 10, 2014 8:29 AM
    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $8.4 million to research centers at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. In a news release, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep Bill Foster and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky announced the money will be used to study, research and develop cutting edge forms of clean energy.

     
  • Illinois State team takes part in solar challenge Sep 10, 2014 8:29 AM
    Illinois State University’s solar car team plans to travel the United Arab Emirates to show off its alternative energy vehicle. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the team will participate in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge in January. The team was selected as part of an international field from six continents. The university’s selection follows a second-place finish in the Formula Sun Grand Prix last year. The event’s ending coincides with opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit. The United Arab Emirates is among the 10 largest oil and gas producers in the world, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Event organizers are subsidizing getting the car from Illinois to Abu Dhabi, but team members estimate another $20,000 to $30,000 will be needed for the team’s transportation, food and lodging. ISU President Larry Dietz said that finding the additional money is “still under discussion.”

     
  • Springfield open house shows inmate-made products Sep 10, 2014 8:29 AM
    Products made by Illinois prison inmates will be demonstrated and displayed in Springfield starting Wednesday. Illinois Correctional Industries will host a two-day open house at the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Concordia Campus to show off goods including outdoor furniture made from recycled materials and meat products such as hamburgers.

     
  • Wisconsin DNR says bat disease limited to 1 mine Sep 10, 2014 8:31 AM
    Wisconsin wildlife officials say a deadly bat disease hasn’t spread beyond a single Grant County mine. The Department of Natural Resources found signs of white-nose syndrome in the mine during surveys of 135 mines and caves between January and March.

     
  • Prosecutor: Wisconsin man tormented half brother Sep 10, 2014 8:31 AM
    A former Wisconsin man accused of killing his half brother and then hiding the body would torment the autistic man, beating him with a board and shooting him with a BB gun, a prosecutor alleged in opening statements Tuesday.

     
  • Repaired steel sculpture to return to Fort Wayne Sep 10, 2014 8:31 AM
    A large abstract steel sculpture damaged when a truck struck it after crossing the lawn of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has been repaired and is scheduled to be reinstalled.

     
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