President Obama at Fort Belvoir, Va.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 07, 2014

Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law

President Obama signed legislation Thursday that tries to mend the broken Veterans Affairs system, providing money to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities.


NCAA President Mark Emmert on Capitol Hill
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
August 07, 2014

NCAA Votes To Boost Student-Athletes’ Benefits, Big Schools’ Power

Major college sports programs have taken what could be a major step toward sharing their wealth with the student-athletes whose performances help line their coffers.  Thursday's vote impacts the Power 5 conferences, including the Big Ten.


Medical Marijuana
(Associated Press)
August 07, 2014

Potential Marijuana Dispensary Changing Urbana Location

One of the partners seeking to locate a medical marijuana dispensary in Urbana expects it to have the look and feel of any other retail location, but it won’t open up in one busy downtown location.


August 07, 2014

Amtrak Looking To Add Routes Through Champaign

Amtrak ridership in Illinois has risen in recent years - up almost 85 percent from 2006 through last year.  That trend developed after the rail service added routes.  Now the train service could grow more in the future.


August 06, 2014

U Of I Suspends Sierra Leone Programs Over Ebola

The University of Illinois has suspended study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone and plans extra screening for students arriving from West Africa in response to the outbreak of Ebola.


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