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The number of American breweries topped 5,000 for the first time last year, with craft beer makers accounting for 5,234 of 5,301 U.S. breweries, according to new figures from the Brewers Association.

Just five years ago, there were only around 2,000 U.S. craft brewers, which the Brewers Association defines as small or independent beer makers. Last year alone, more than 800 opened for business.

Celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder that prevents people from digesting gluten, affects about 1 percent of the population.

But there's not enough evidence to recommend screening everybody to find that 1 percent, an advisory panel said Tuesday.

Exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later, according to a study out Tuesday that suggests a link between early childhood lead exposure and a dip in a person's later cognitive ability and socioeconomic status.

Lead in the United States can come from lots of sources: old, peeling paint; contaminated soil; or water that's passed through lead pipes. Before policies were enacted to get rid of lead in gasoline, it could even come from particles in the fumes that leave car tailpipes.

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On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States putting southern Illinois and Carbondale at the intersection of this rare event.

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The public is invited to a free educational event about HIV, this Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM in Ballroom D of the SIU Carbondale Student Center. 

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Those post-card style water bills will soon be a thing of the past for the City of Carbondale.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/17/2017)

Mar 17, 2017

Good morning, we will see mostly clouds today, and a 50% chance of rain.  High today should hit 60 degrees.

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Prosecutors say an appeals court shouldn't grant former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich a third sentencing hearing.

Their filing Thursday comes on the day the Illinois Democrat started his sixth year in prison for corruption, including trying to trade an appointment to ex-President Barack Obama's old Senate seat for campaign cash.

WSIU Almanac: March 17th, 2017.

Mar 17, 2017

Murphysboro's annual St. Patrick's Day Festivities get underway on Saturday March 18th, 2017.  For more information cal 684-6421.  Or visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1204669096278142/

The University of Illinois is proposing a financial aid package designed to keep students at Illinois schools.

The U of I's "Invest in Illinoisans" plan would provide 170 million dollars a year in aid to undergrads and hopefully stem the tide of kids heading to other states.

The new Republican health care legislation in Congress could cost Illinois $40 billion dollars in federal funding over the next decade. That’s according to the recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Democratic state senators Wednesday rejected a push by Republicans to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary budget powers.

It would've let Rauner cut spending across government -with few areas of government off limits ... such as elementary education and debt payments.  At a hearing, Democratic Senator Don Harmon pushed Rauner's budget director, Scott Harry, to say just what the governor planned to cut.

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi adventure film Passengers.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.   Passengers is available at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

WSIU News: AM Update (3/15/2017)

Mar 15, 2017

Good morning, on this Wednesday March 15th, 2017.  Hard to believe Spring arrives in just six days.  Your mid-week forecast calls for Sunny but cold today, high reaching 39 degrees.

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With the annual Illinois Indigenous Plants Symposium scheduled for this Friday through Sunday at John A. Logan College, WSIU Radio visits with two experts on the benefits of using indigenous, or native plants in our yards.

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