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217 Today: How the pallid sturgeon could be a warning for the Missouri River

A biologist at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery holds a baby pallid sturgeon. The hatchery program has breathed new life into the pallid sturgeon population by raising the fish from eggs, releasing them into the river and tracking them to learn about their habits.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a budget yesterday that he calls balanced and compassionate.
  • Detectives from several jurisdictions are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Rantoul.
  • The LGBTQ rights organization Human Rights Campaign has declared a national state of emergency for all queer people in the United States, citing the surge of anti-LGBTQ legislation in statehouses around the country.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how changes to the Missouri River are making it difficult for one fish species to survive.

Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Mae Antar, Owen Henderson and Elizabeth Rembert.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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