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Polo is the world’s oldest organized sport, having originated in China and Persia around two thousand years ago. You may not realize it, but there is a group of people in this region who actively compete in the sport. WSIU’s Brad Palmer reports.

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SIU School of Law

The SIU School of Law says it has lost one of its most beloved professors.

Bill Schroeder passed away Sunday.

The Department of Human Services is still attempting to collect money from overpayments made nearly 30 years ago from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, once more commonly known as food stamps.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

The Republican governor said there isn't enough money to support the proposals.

Less than 12 hours after responding to a shooting, Carbondale Police were called to another incident Saturday.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

Memory makes us. If we couldn't recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we would never be able to function.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the time he went in search of a baseball memory and was surprised to learn how his recollection differed from documented history.
 


The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot.

The Du Quoin state fair kicks off in southern Illinois Friday.

Du Quoin fair spokesperson Rebecca Clark says the event runs through Labor Day and includes harness racing, grandstand concerts and plenty of free entertainment.

The Illinois Eastern Community College district is being recognized for its work to provide educational opportunities within the field of manufacturing.
 
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association Education Foundation Thursday awarded the district 25-thousand dollars in scholarship funds.

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On Thursday August 25th, 2016 a group of public officials, SIU representitives, corporate leaders and almost 300 SIU Automotive Technology Students gathered at the Transportation Education Center near Carbondale to celebrate a  recent corporate donation to SIU's Automotive Technology Program.

A Cambria man faces felony charges in Williamson County, after investigators say he had an improper relationship with a minor.

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As harvest time is in full swing, we take a look at the people performing the hard labor of collecting the produce that ends up in lunch boxes and dinner tables

Farm work is not the easiest job.

Its long hours, extreme weather conditions and physically demanding.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s narrowing his focus to fix the state’s political system…

Because he says there hasn’t been enough progress on other issues.

Even as Governor Bruce Rauner denounces higher insurance premiums in Illinois under the Affordable Care Act ... the federal government is trying to tamp down those concerns.

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday released an analysis that projects roughly two-thirds of Illinois consumers would still be able to buy a plan for less than 75 dollars a month ... even if rates next year increase by 50 percent.

A southern Illinois lawmaker says the recent attack on prison guards at Pontiac Correctional Center serves to highlight the short-sighted decision to close a prison in Alexander County.

The SIU men's basketball team Wednesday released its non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The challenging slate features road games against power five conference schools Louisville, Arkansas and Minnesota, as well as a visit to UNLV.

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Today we continue to explore the history of southern Illinois with the story of 90-year old Jane Campbell-Brown.  Her family has been in the furniture business for nine generations.   She sat down with Jim Muir to talk about growing up in Benton.

Her story was recorded on May 21, 2016 as part of the 100th anniversary of the Benton Public Library. WSIU’s Listening Project chronicles the history of our region by connecting people with place through their stories.   

Southeast Missouri State University is reporting a record number of Illinois students in its freshman class.

First-day enrollment figures show 331 new first-time students from Illinois enrolled this fall, nearly a 50 percent increase from fall 2012.

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Governor's office

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday signed into law a measure that would increase the sentences for illegal gun sales.

People with a record of firearms offenses who try to sell guns will face harsher penalties. The governor says the law targets so-called straw purchasers.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Bryson, the author of "A Cry In The Dark," which chronicles the story of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, and her trial in the death of her infant daughter.

A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to get health professionals focusing on population health, and Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine will help lead the training.

Governor Bruce Rauner has long held that state universities need to cut down on their administrative overhead, before he can support increases in their state funding.

Bill Alstat Passes Away

Aug 22, 2016
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Jackson County

A man who has served Jackson County and all of southern Illinois in many ways over the years has passed away.

Bill Alstat died Friday in southeast Missouri.

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Sandra Brown’s latest suspense novel, Sting, hit book stores this week.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with the New York Times best selling author about her new book and what keeps her inspired after more than 60-novels.

In the Author’s Voice is a listener supported service of WSIU Radio and Southern Illinois University.

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Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Friday that would have re-opened the Hardin County Work Camp.

Lawmakers approved a measure at the end of the spring session that would require the Illinois Department of Corrections to operate the facility.

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Governor's office

The New Mt. Vernon Township High School is open for business.

Governor Bruce Rauner joined area lawmakers as well as school and community leaders to officially open the new facility Friday.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order banning the state from calling children under its care wards and instead instructing they be called ``youth in care.''

The Total Solar Eclipse: 1 Year and Counting.

Aug 19, 2016

On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States with Carbondale experiencing almost three minutes of totality.  As the one year away date approaches, WSIU radio talks with several eclipse experts about this 2017 Solar Eclipse.

A union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers is endorsing democratic candidates in five southern Illinois legislative races.

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