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Listen now: Behind the wheel of a Rivian, Illinois evictions and more on 'Long Story Short'

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Happy October! In this week's episode of 'Long Story Short' reporters Sierra Henry and Kelsey Watznauer discuss The Pantagraph's behind-the-scenes look at Rivian's production facility in Normal, how many Illinoisan face evictions when the moratorium is lifted Saturday and the last effects of COVID-19 in schools and sports.

Plus, Miller Park Zoo's newest resident — Chumu, 17-year-old DeBrazza's monkey — gets a friendly welcome.

The new DeBrazza's monkey at Miller Park Zoo climbs a tree and finds a snack in his new exhibit.

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Music by Podington Bear.

Stories mentioned in this week's Long Story Short:

Ready to roll: Rivian debuts R1T with First Mile test-drive event in Normal; What’s it like to drive a Rivian? Our reporter found out; McLean County residents can visit Rivian to see R1T truck this week.

Rodney Walker is almost ready to launch restaurant on Decatur's west side.

Dry Goods is set to open at Shoppes at College Hills this fall.

Mattoon Arts Council’s feature artist also group’s youngest member.

More than 120,000 illinoisans are in danger of eviction as moratorium sunsets.

Illinois and other Midwest states partner on electric vehicle infrastructure.

Normal faces criticism over removing Jelani Day poster.

Bloomington council narrowly passes aid plan for flood victims; 10 Bloomington residents demand $310K settlement for flood losses.

Coles County Health Department to offer Pfizer boozers on Oct. 7.

The impact of too few school bus drivers weighs heavily on these Decatur families.

McLean County schools pivot as supply issues hit cafeterias.

Here's how an Eagle Scout project and a vision became a classroom in Charleston.

Bloomington District 87 expels two students; two withdraw.

How COVID has upended high school football plans.

Shooting victim succumbed to injuries, Normal police say.

Decatur man is charged in 2019 murder of Suave Turner

The victim in a Bloomington shooting is pregnant 17-year-old.

Decatur woman uses bagpipes to connect with heritage and community.

Miller Park Zoo unveils DeBrazza's monkeys.

Listen now: September & October 2021 episodes of 'Long Story Short'

Welcome to Long Story Short, the weekly podcast wherein reporters Sierra Henry and Kelsey Watznauer recap Central Illinois news from Lee Enterprises' journalists.


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In this week's 'Long Story Short' podcast reporter Sierra Henry takes a look at upcoming events and recalls fond memories of Labor Day weekend.

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Reporters Sierra Henry and Kelsey Watznauer discuss 9/11 coverage 20 years later and give local business updates from across Central Illinois on this week's episode of "Long Story Short."

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It was an exciting week for Central Illinois news, so sit back, relax, and let us tell you what you missed.

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We've got a jam-packed episode of Long Story Short after a busy news week. Catch up with us.


Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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