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217 Today: Metro East abortion clinics struggle to serve increasing number of patients

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • The two major candidates for Illinois governor met for their last public debate before the November 8th election.
  • A native of Central Illinois will launch a live call-in talk show on nearly 500 public radio stations Wednesday night.
  • Two open houses at Champaign Unit 4 schools this week yielded the same message – parents don’t want their children to change elementary schools next year.
  • Flu season has begun, and health officials say this year’s strain could be especially bad.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about the surge in patients to the St. Louis Metro East from states with new abortion bans.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Dave McKinney, Reginald Hardwick, Emily Hays, Miranda Zanca and Sarah Fentem.

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Severe storms possible Thursday 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.