Several tornado warned storms charge across Central IL

Updated Saturday at 12:35 a.m. URBANA – Meteorologists issued several tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings on Friday evening. An approaching cold front and warm moist air clashed, spawning severe weather in Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky late Friday. There are early reports of damage in the Illinois towns of Windsor and Gays in Moultrie County […]

Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law as legal fights move forward

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion providers to challenge the Texas law that essentially bans abortions after about six weeks. Separately, the court dismissed as improvidently granted the Justice Department’s challenge to the law. The vote in the first case — Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson — was 8-1, with only Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting. […]

As the Supreme Court weighs the future of Roe v. Wade, experts look beyond abortion

Before Gloria Steinem became the nationally recognized activist for abortion rights and feminism, she was a 22-year-old living in England and pregnant when she didn’t want to be. Like many, Steinem has followed the Supreme Court arguments about the Mississippi abortion case. At the center of the case, known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health […]

217 Today: Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021   Today’s headlines: Illinois lawmakers have increased funding to the state’s child welfare budget for the last few years, but those on the ground say that money hasn’t helped a system in crisis. A University of Illinois lab is turning modified sugar cane into fuel. U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, […]

Energy secretary promotes infrastructure law at University of Illinois biofuel lab

URBANA – U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm stopped in Urbana on Thursday as part of her two-day tour of Illinois energy facilities. She listened carefully as researchers at the university’s Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory described how they turn sugar cane into fuel. “What today is about is seeing what the opportunities are and building […]