delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:07:47 +0000 Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:58:40 +0000 By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles [...]]]> Morning Jolt: Evacuation order came too late for many on sinking ferry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:51:42 +0000 In the news

An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

The first instructions from the captain [...]]]> Today in the News: Chelsea Clinton says she's pregnant Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:48:00 +0000 News to know

Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. The former first lady says she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother and it makes the work of [...]]]> Sherrard hears calls for Brown reinstatement Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:17:04 +0000 By Robert Blackford/Editor Today in the News: Search continues for those missing from ferry disaster Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:50:14 +0000 News to know

Some 160 coast guard and navy divers searched for survivors inside the wreckage of a ferry that sank off of South Korea this morning. Cho Man-yong, a coast guard spokesman, said 16 divers approached the ferry Wednesday night but failed to get inside because the current was too strong. He said the water was very muddy and visibility [...]]]> 19th Annual Carl Sandburg Festival to Take Place April 23-26 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:12:05 +0000 Dozens of students set to go bald to help conquer cancer Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:17:24 +0000 Broker Associates at RE/MAX Blackhawk Valley of Andalusia Saluted for 2013 Achievements Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:10:45 +0000 THE 'AMBROSE BRIEF' Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:47 +0000 ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES SPRING COMMENCEMENT EVENTS Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:35:26 +0000 8th ANNUAL BAND SHELL OPENING Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:04 +0000 Royal Neighbors of America reports strong results in 2013 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:18:44 +0000 Two faculty members earn endowed chairs at Augustana Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:17:11 +0000 Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:01:30 +0000 Morning Jolt: 292 missing in South Korea ferry disaster Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:58:28 +0000 A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured. The high number of people unaccounted for — likely trapped in the ship or floating in the ocean — raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically, making it one [...]]]> State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Announces 1Q Return of Nearly $30 Million to I-Cash Claimants Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:46:21 +0000 National Drug Take-Back Initiative Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:04:11 +0000 Today in the News: Sub dives again in search of missing plane Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 News to know

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. Monday's planned 16-hour search lasted just six and none of the data collected by the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine [...]]]> Boston Marathon bombing: One year later, a city still heals, runs Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:52:17 +0000 Pregracke, Moffitt to Give Sandburg Commencement Addresses Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:45:50 +0000 Aaron Frey, PR Specialist, 309.341.5301