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Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing.  The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

The federal government has cut the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act. A health care group says that means more people have to spread the word about open enrollment. Illinois Public Radio's Mark Schultz has more.

One of the defense attorneys for Rod Blagojevich during the former governor’s corruption trial is running for Illinois attorney general.

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Officials at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are offering a semester's free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

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The Mattoon community is recovering from a shooting at the high school Wednesday that left one student injured and another in custody.

A licensed therapist says it may take a long time for people to process their emotions.

A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state's health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018.

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The Vietnam War was a time of much change in America that still echos through our country's culture nearly 50 years later.  Les Arbuckle spent nearly two years of his life growing up in Saigon at the start of the Vietnam War. His father was stationed there and signed on the air Saigon's Armed Forces Radio station. Arbucfkle talks with WSIU's Jeff Williams about being a teenager in Saigon and his new memoir, Saigon Kids: An American Military Brat comes of Age in 1960's Vietnam.

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Mattoon police say Wednesday’s shooting at Mattoon High School was carried out by one student, who is in custody.

One promise heard repeatedly during debate over the state's new school funding plan was "no red numbers," meaning any legislation that would make a district lose money was dead on arrival.

The Carbondale and Herrin Police Departments have partnered to investigate a series of recent armed robberies that have occurred in both towns.

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St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro is undergoing the first major modernization of its emergency department since 1994.

Phase one of the project is almost complete. It features eight new rooms, including two designed to treat behavioral health patients.

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Police have a student in custody, following a shooting Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School, in which another student was injured.

Published reports say one person is in custody after a shooting at Mattoon High School Wednesday morning.

Morris LIbrary Showcases Old Quadrangle.

Sep 20, 2017

Southern Illinois University's Morris Library is showcasing a display called Old Campus: an Historical Exploration. WSIU's Jordan Maddox has more.

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Democratic state Rep. Scott Drury says he's dropping out of the race for Illinois governor to run for attorney general.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

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The old Carbondale fire station may have new owners as early as tonight.

The Carbondale City Council is having a public hearing on the sale of the property located at 300 South Oakland Ave.

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Residents in east-central Illinois may have felt a bit more than the rumble of thunder Tuesday morning.

Ameren Illinois Shows Off Drone.

Sep 18, 2017
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Drones are becoming more popular.   Hobbyists  use them to get a different look at their neighborhood and  farmers are using drones to check  their fields for trouble spots.  And now Ameren Illinois  is making use of these high–flying cameras to look down on power lines in order to quickly determine where a break is.  On Monday, September 18th, 2017,  Ameren's Kyle Maxwell demonstrated one of the company's drones at the Cambria power sub–station.  Maxwell said drones can cut down on the time it takes to get lineman to a break, which is critical after severe weather causes power outages.  H

WSIU INFOCUS: Vietnam Veteran Jon Mcclurken.

Sep 18, 2017

Southern Illinois native Jon Mcclurken served in Vietnam in 1970.  On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS he talks about what it was like as a 20-year old drafted to serve.

Apple Festival Celebrates Special Friend Day

Sep 15, 2017
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The 66th annual Apple Festival wraps up Saturday evening.

On Thursday the festival opened up for the special needs population of Jackson County.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.  

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Six area churches and an area retailer are collecting supplies for the victims of the two recent hurricanes in the U.S.

Through September 25th, the Hands of Hope Foundation's Irma-Harvey Relief Aid Drive will collect items and monetary donations.

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A permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. is coming to Perryville, Missouri.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talked recently with Mike and Vicky Lundy of Perryville. They're spearheading the effort that is making this happen.

SIU Trustees have approved pay raises for the Edwardsville campus... but the move is drawing criticism.

The plan, which provides for a two-percent increase for last fiscal year along with a two-percent bump for this fiscal year, covers non-represented employees for now, but some bargaining units will have to wait for open contract negotiations to finish.

SIU Trustees heard pleas to save the Africana Studies program during their meeting this week in Alton.

SIU's Board of Trustees has approved a budget - for the first time in nearly three years.

The university had been essentially operating on a continuing appropriation while the state weathered its budget stalemate. But with passage of a budget this summer, leaders were able to formulate a full-year spending plan.

The massive Equifax data breach is prompting new legislation in the Illinois House.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says freezing your credit report is the best way to safeguard your information...but for most people, that costs 10 dollars for each reporting agency.

WSIU News: AM Update (9/14/2017)

Sep 14, 2017

Mostly Sunny today, Thursday, September 14th, 2017.

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