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217 Today: Comedian Carmen Christopher brings his stand-up comedy to Urbana

October 19, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The FBI is investigating whether last weekend’s murder of a 6-year-old Palestinian-American boy in suburban Plainfield is a federal hate crime.
  • Illinois teachers want to make sure they get the support they need as the state revises a blueprint for how children are taught to read in school.
  • Congress is considering whether to impose national standards to pay college athletes.
  • The quest to elect a new Speaker of the House has hit another setback.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll listen to a conversation with Carmen Christopher about his work as he tours around the U.S.

217 Today is produced by Stephanie Mosqueda. Reporting contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Alex Degman, Michael Puente, Linda Kenyon and Owen Henderson.

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Stephanie Mosqueda

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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.