Illinois rejects concealed carry

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —The Illinois House defeated attempts Thursday to let people carry concealed weapons and use marijuana for medical purposes following lengthy, contentious and emotional debates over how to make some folks feel safer and some feel better.

The gun bill failed by six votes, and the marijuana proposal failed by seven.

GE may fund work on F-35 alternate engine

CINCINNATI — Jet engine manufacturer GE Aviation on Thursday offered to fund continued development of the recently terminated alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter through 2012.

The GE Electric Co. unit in Evendale, a Cincinnati suburb, has been developing the F136 engine for about 15 years, but the 2011 U.S. defense budget contained no money for the alternate engine.

Christo's Ark River project hits opposition

SALIDA, Colo. —Sportsmen and conservation groups are asking the Colorado Wildlife Commission to issue a resolution opposing artist Christo's proposal to suspend huge sheets of fabric over parts of the Arkansas River between Canon City and Salida.

About a half dozen people told wildlife commissioners Thursday in Salida that Christo's Over the River proposal would increase traffic and noise, stressing bighorn sheep and fish.

Christo has said he's committed to protecting wildlife.