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217 Today: Monday June 14, 2021

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Monday June 14, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • In an effort to address the so-called digital divide exacerbated by the pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission is temporarily providing low-income Americans discounted Internet access.

  • A federal judge has stopped debt payoffs for Black and other minority farmers.

  • The police department of the University of Illinois is launching a new initiative to provide help to people experiencing mental health crises.

  • Champaign-Urbana public health officials report the number of active COVID-19 cases has declined for the 15th straight day – down to 94 on Sunday. The number of hospitalizations held steady at seven for the third day in a row.

In today’s deep dive, a look at how therapy dogs are helping to expand mental health services in schools.

Reporting today contributed by Derek Cantu, Seth Bodine, Christine Herman, and Peter Medlin.

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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Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay

Carolina Garibay is the producer intern for the Illinois Public Media/WILL morning podcast 217 Today. She started at WILL in 2021 after contributing to the Illinois Student Newsroom in her audio journalism class. She is from the northwest side of Chicago and is a senior journalism student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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