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Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • An Illinois man died of rabies this month —the first case of human rabies in the state since 1954.

  • Fraternities and campus organizations at the University of Illinois are hoping to educate the public about Hispanic history and culture during Hispanic Heritage Month.

  • School board members in Champaign met Monday to discuss a series of incidents and threats involving guns at Centennial High School.

  • Champaign County public health officials reported 39 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. The number of active cases in the county has fallen to 546.

In today’s deep dive, it’s National Suicide Prevention Month. We hear from a man who lost his daughter to suicide in 2017 and how he’s working to combat suicide year-round.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.

Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Luis Velazquez, Gwyn Skiles and Farrah Anderson.

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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