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217 Today: Backyard flock owners try to contain bird flu as infections sweep through the country

Friday, April 8, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Democrats say they’ve struck a budget deal and plan on passing it by the end of the day Friday.
  • The Champaign City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the city’s licensing fees for massage businesses.
  • The Refugee Center continues to help its clients from Afghanistan to settle in Champaign-Urbana.
  • Some Black student leaders at the University of Illinois say they’re unhappy with the school’s response to Ku Klux Klan flyers that circulated around campus last week.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll take a look at how the highly contagious bird flu that’s spreading across the country is affecting owners of backyard flocks. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Alex Degman, Eunice Alpasan, Luis Velazques, Nour Longi and Katie Peikes.

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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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National Weather Service forecast map for June 13, 2024

Severe storms possible Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.