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Governor Bruce Rauner and black state legislators on Friday escalated a fight that began earlier this week.

It started when Rauner told a Chicago radio station that — with his economic and education policies — he had done more for black Illinoisans than any other governor.

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A man labeled as a hero for protecting his students during a May school shooting in Noblesville, Indiana will serve as grand marshal for Homecoming 2018 at SIU-Carbondale.

Jason Seaman was shot once through the abdomen, once in the hip and once in the forearm when he intervened in the incident on May 25th at Noblesville West Middle School.

After a split vote on a move to suspend SIU President Randy Dunn, it remains unclear what the future holds for the university's leadership.

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Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

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SIU President Randy Dunn avoided suspension Thursday, as trustees were split four-to-four on whether to place him on administrative leave.

Williamson County authorities say they don't believe humans were involved in the decapitation of a lamb.

Sheriff Bennie Vick says deputies were called to a farm in rural Thompsonville on Tuesday.

Eclipse Activities Earn Award For SIU Carbondale.

Jun 21, 2018

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale recently was honored for their Eclipse Events and Activities by receiving a Grand Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

So, what is a giraffe's favorite shoe?   Answer: Hightops!    Just in time for a good summer read for your kids or grand kids is the latest children’s story from long-time educator, and former college president Karen Gross.    Her new book, Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey is the latest in her Lady Lucy series.  

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting a roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus vaccinations - or HPV.

HPV is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer, but medical experts say many people are unaware of its impact.

The stepmother of a man charged with murder is calling on him to surrender to police after escaping from southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend.

The White County sheriff's office says 24-year-old Zachery Shock was among three men who used a pipe to break through an outside wall early Saturday of the jail in Carmi.

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One of two additional men wanted in connection to a shooting incident in Carbondale early Sunday morning is in custody.

Carbondale Police say 21-year-old Rahsaan Graham, Jr. of Murphysboro was arrested Wednesday in Murphysboro.

The White House has issued an executive order that purports to end the separation of children from their parents at the border.

U.S. Rep. Bost Says Separating Families at Border is Not New

Jun 19, 2018

A southern Illinois congressman says the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the border is not new policy.

The Murphysboro republican says the Obama administration policy also carried out the practice.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

The SIU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting later this week to talk about placing the system's president on leave and appointing an acting president.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Hall on the SIU-Edwardsville campus.

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Authorities are continuing to search for two men who they say escaped from a southeastern Illinois county jail over the weekend with a third man who's been captured.

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No injuries were reported after gunfire early Sunday morning in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

Illinois is losing residents.

Common explanations for why include high taxes, unfriendly business policies or the state's growing pension debt.

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Illinois will soon mint commemorative coins to mark the state’s 200th birthday. Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs unveiled the final design Monday in Springfield.

The Marion Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for attempting to pass a forged check at a local convenience store.

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The CDC is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smack cereal.

73 cases from 31 states have been confirmed so far...including one in Illinois.

With heat index readings expected to soar into triple digits this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us more than 600 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

Southeast Missouri State University's Board of Regents approved a contract extension for President Carlos Vargas.

The new three-year rolling contract runs through June 30th, 2021. The package does not include a salary increase or additional compensation.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Director of Development Hillary Esser about a new campaign called Kimball's Habitat to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.

River To River Farm Has Multiple Uses For Goat's Milk

Jun 15, 2018
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Last month we revisited the on-line farmers market from LEAF food hub.

River to River farm is one of the producers that offer some unique items made from goat milk.

State of Illinois Moves to Uniform Bar Exam

Jun 15, 2018

Starting in July 2019 the state of Illinois will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam, instead of the Illinois Bar Exam, allowing state attorneys to easily practice in other states.

SIU's Law School Dean Chris Behan says this choice will open new opportunities for the school's students.

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2018 has been designated as The Year Of The Bird, coinciding with the passage of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which was passed 100 years ago this year.

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A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the February 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student.

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The City of Vienna suddenly finds itself without a grocery store.

Mayor Jon Simmons says Sam's IGA closed a few days ago without notice.

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