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217 Today: Wednesday, Jan, 12, 2022

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  • The latest COVID-19 surge caused by omicron is due, in part, to people following outdated advice on rapid testing and large gatherings over the holidays, according to medical expert Dr.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

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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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