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A residence hall at SIU Carbondale won't house students next year - the first step towards demolition and progress towards a new housing area on the east side of campus.

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When temperatures dipped into the teens in mid March, area growers grew concerned.

“Well we’ve got some damage in the peaches, but at this point we still have peaches."

A Cook County judge says the state can't withhold payment from Illinois lawmakers in the absence of a budget.

SIU Audit Results

Mar 23, 2017

A new state audit shows SIU has some work to do in keeping records and maintaining some property.

Despite February  job losses in the Transportation, Utilities and the Trade sectors, the February unemployment rate in Illinois declined point three percentage points to 5.4 percent.  According to the latest numbers released today (Thursday) Illinois Department of Employment Security nonfarm payrolls increased by over 25–thousand jobs last month with the biggest growth in the Education and Health Services, Government and Construction areas.  Jeff Mays, IDES Director noted that neighboring states experienced positive growth in manufacturing jobs, Illinois has not.  Illinois's overall 5.4 per

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced that he wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras, in an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.  In this report WSIU radio spoke with  Eddie Caumiant is a Regional Director with AFSCME Council 31, the Union which represents prison guards.

The 2016 fantasy film  Fantastic  Beasts and Where to Find Them comes out on DVD next week.
Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at this spin-off of the Harry Potter series that is written and produced by J-K Rowling.
 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available at a movie store near you on Tuesday (3/28).
Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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New York Times

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 18 hours of questioning over two separate days, and the proceedings are not finished yet. On Thursday, the committee hears testimony from witnesses about Gorsuch's qualifications to be a justice of the US Supreme Court.

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Illinois Department of Corrections

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in prison watchtowers with security cameras. It's an effort to cut down on overtime costs for the cash-strapped state.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says it plans to lay off state prison nurses to "streamline" medical services and coordinate them with the current health care vendor.

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Art of the Eclipse With Dr. David Levy

Mar 21, 2017

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown to 2017, we visit with world-renown Astronomer Dr. David Levy.

SIU Reviews: Logan

Mar 21, 2017

The 2017 superhero film  Logan is the latest installment in the X-Men franchise.  It picks up the story of an aging Wolverine in the not so distant future.  Film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

Marion leaders have approved a sales tax hike.

Live Blog: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Mar 21, 2017
US Supreme Court

The NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

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www.galesayers.com

Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia. 

The airing of grievances over the ongoing state budget impasse continued Monday between Governor Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

Live Blog: House Intelligence Committee Hearing

Mar 20, 2017

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

State Senator Dale Fowler says he's lending his voice to the call for more help at the troubled Alexander County Housing Authority.

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss says he's running for Illinois governor in 2018.

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State Journal Register

Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken his confrontation with the state's largest public-employee union to the Supreme Court. 

Illinois legislators are considering making it easier for transgender people to change the gender designation on their birth certificates.

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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City of Carbondale

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.

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