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Friday, April 16, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Video of the fatal Chicago police shooting of Adam Toledo shows the 13-year-old raising his arms above his head the moment he is shot.

  • COVID-19 is seeing a new resurgence in Region 2 of Illinois. The president of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria says his hospital is currently at 81 percent capacity.

  • The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is expected to announce updates to a program that could result in more farmland being set aside for conservation.

  • Champaign-Urbana public health officials reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 cases Thursday. The number of active cases in the county fell slightly to 453, and the number of county residents hospitalized remained steady at 13.

In today’s deep dive, we hear the fifth and final story in our Midwest waterways series from Harvest Public Media. Today, we look at a 400-mile river highway that ships soybeans and grain around the world.

Reporting contributed by Patrick Smith, Tim Shelley, Dana Cronin, and Seth Bodine.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Brian Moline

Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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