Today’s Local News

Want to listen to a complete newscast? Here’s one, randomly selected from newscasts that have aired recently on VirtualNewsCenter® affiliates. We update it at the top of each hour.

Some of the stories airing right now on VirtualNewsCenter® Stations nationwide.

When you see a large space in the copy, that means the story has audio clip(s). Click on the story title to be taken directly to the story on the station’s news page, including an audio clip player.

A Western Carolina University art professor has designed two fish-theme specialty plates for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. One is a painting of a brook trout, the state’s official freshwater fish and the other is a red drum, the state’s official saltwater fish. Jon Jicha is a graphic design and media arts instructor and […]
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is posting surveillance video photos of a person of interest in some break-ins in the Culberson area. Search Facebook for Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to see the pictures. They are images of a white female who drove up to a residence in a Ford Ranger, perhaps a model from 1998 […]
A St. Cloud man has been arrested for starting a fire inside his apartment complex this week. They say 59 year-old William Hoglund was arguing with another tenant in the partment building about the use of a communal clothes dryer. During the dustup Hoglund, according to police, set fire to one of his socks in […]
A resident of a home who was cooking in the kitchen started a fire that caused about 11 thousand dollars in damage to the house. It broke out yesterday morning in a single family house in the 13 hundred block of 11th Avenue North. Two people were home and both started using a fire extinguisher […]
There is a meeting in St. Cloud today to present a company’s proposal to build an oil pipeline across Minnesota. Representatives from Enbridge Energy Partners wants to build a pipeline stretching 616 miles from the oil fields of North Dakota to Clearbrook Minnesota and Superior Wisconsin. They say it will create 15 hundred construction jobs […]
The Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Piatt County could eventually have more conference space, an indoor music venue, even a footbridge over the Sangamon River. If approved, some work could begin right away — others are a long way off.
Another phone scam in Illinois — someone calls and says there’s a warrant for your arrest because you missed jury duty, but you can avoid arrest by sending in a fine. Don’t fall for it — it’s a scam.
A Shelbyville woman has died as the result of a crash this week on Lodge St. Phyllis Chapman, 81, was initially taken to Shelby Memorial, then to Taylorville Memorial Hospital, where she died.
Enjoy Christmas carols at Manners Park in Taylorville today at 5 and a big family dinner at 5:30. Then, after dinner — play bingo! Christmas in the park runs through Christmas day.
Lincoln will hold a Republican primary February 24. In Ward 3, there are two republican candidates running for alderman. Polling will be at the Logan County Courthouse — voting will be done on paper ballots.
Illinois is one of 14 states where the flu is already widespread. It’s also one of six states in which doctors say they’re seeing flu-like illnesses at much higher than average rates. Doctors say getting a flu shot is the best weapon.
Decatur recently held its annual ‘Christmas Walk’ to keep money local and allow businesses to show what they have to offer, and it appears to be working. Several businesses have seen increased traffic.
The Knicks are in Chicago tonight to battle the Bulls. The Knicks lost 107–87 at home to Dallas on Tuesday. The Knicks have lost two in-a-row and 12 of their last 13 games. They are just 5-and-22 overall. The 22 losses are tied with Philadelphia for most in the NBA. Chicago is 15-and-9. The Raptors […]
The Hawks came into Cleveland and made a statement dominating the Cavaliers, 127–98, behind 24 points off the bench from Shelvin Mack. It was the most lopsided defeat of the season. Al Horford added 20 points, while Dennis Schroder tallied 10 points and 10 assists filling in for Jeff Teague. Teague was out with a […]
Looks like full speed ahead for a Menards to be built in Mentor. Ground breaking is set for spring or summer of 2015 with the building to go up south of Diamond Centre Drive between the CEI transmission lines and the border with Painesville. It will employ 120 people.
With the flu becoming more widespread Lake Health says visitors who appear sick won’t be allowed to visit patients at West Medical Center in Willoughby and TriPoint Medical Center. Only 2 healthy visitors will be allowed to see a patient in a single visit. They will all have to wash their hands and to wear […]
In Willoughby police called in all the troops when they encountered potentially dangerous chemicals at a business on Apollo Parkway yesterday. Last night Willoughby fire was called to help the SWAT team go over the home trying to identify unknown chemicals found inside the building. It was night so there were no employees inside the […]
Conneaut Council passed a budget this week. The budget will allow for a 4% pay raise in 2015 for the city’s non-union employees. They haven’t had a raise in 6 years. Union workers will get the same raise. The police will get three new cruisers. Public Works will get two new mowers. The water department […]
Former Star Beacon Sports Editor Don McCormack was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on charges of sex abuse related to his work as a girl’s sports coach. After hearing from more than 80 witnesses the grand jury charged McCormack with one count of endangering children, three counts of sexual battery, one count of gross […]
A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for an Altoona woman accused of shooting and killing her mother. Police say Tracy Stephenson murdered 71 year old Barbara Ellis in November in their home on 5th Avenue. Stephenson told police her mother had been harassing her.
An Altoona mother is facing charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. Relatives of Elizabeth Stahl say they have been calling Child and Youth services asking for help for five years. The family called Childline in November of 2012, sending police to the home where they found a tiny child that appeared […]
An online job fair for veterans runs through the end of the month. It matches those seeking employment with businesses ready to hire. Businesses can earn $8,000 in tax credits per employee. They can also receive $20,000 to train workers through the Hire Westchester program. For more information, visit
Yonkers Police have offered $1,000 for information leading to the capture of a suspected gang member. They consider 28-year-old Christopher Grebinger dangerous. Authorities have charged Grebinger following his alleged involvement with a violent street gang.
A Corbin man was arrested on DUI counts after a traffic crash late Tuesday night. It happened on Level Green Road, twelve miles outside London. Officers arriving on the scene found that a Buick headed westbound left the roadway and hit a fence. The driver of that car, 42 year old James Moore of 11th […]
A man police say choked a woman to unconciousness has been arrested. 50 year old Vince Jackson of Highway 2392 in Corbin was found on site when police arrived to a complaint Tuesday night. Officers also found a young woman, Jackson’s daughter, who said, “Please help…he’s going to kill me.” The woman had red marks […]