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217 Today: Wednesday, Jan, 12, 2022

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Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The latest COVID-19 surge caused by omicron is due, in part, to people following outdated advice on rapid testing and large gatherings over the holidays, according to medical expert Dr. Sadiya Khan.

  • Urbana Middle School will stay remote for the rest of this week.

  • Illinois Democrats are predicting action this spring on an anti-crime package in Springfield.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn how suicide companion programs in prisons can increase trauma. Warning: This story contains descriptions of self-harm.

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Emily Hays, Dave McKinney, Lauren Bavis and Jake Harper.

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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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.

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