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The college year has started again, and for many students, that means anxiety over debt is here again, too.

The Institute for College Access and Success found the class of 2015 in Illinois graduated with an average debt of 26-thousand-dollars.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging residents to take precautions after credit-monitoring company Equifax said a breach exposed information about 143 million Americans.

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Two SIU-Carbondale students who are a part of the DACA program remain hopeful about completing their college careers.

That's even though President Donald Trump announced this week he's ending the program, which deferred deportation proceedings for certain young undocumented immigrants.

Major League Baseball took a step last month to reach out to young people with a big league game called the Little League Classic.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson fondly remembers his days as a youth when going to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh was an all-day adventure.

WSIU Almanac: September 8th, 2017.

Sep 8, 2017
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A small plane from southern Illinois that went missing has been located in a mountainous area in West Virginia.

Bridgeport police Chief John Walker told The Exponent Telegram another plane was able to spot the missing aircraft.

Illinois could soon begin to tackle its massive pile of unpaid bills ... thanks to a move Thursday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are wondering: What took so long?

Illinois' scores for the ACT college entrance exam have increased statewide for 2017 as the number of students taking the test has dropped.

Students posted a 21.4 score across all four subjects on the exam. The statewide score is the highest in the last five years.

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Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect accused of firing gunshots into a residence late Monday night.

Officers say 30-year-old Dennis Higgins, Jr. of Carbondale is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

SIU Edwardsville is reporting a small decrease in its Fall 2017 enrollment, when compared to a year ago.

Illinois is among 15 states suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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For the first time ever, a woman will hold the 118th district seat in southern Illinois.

Natalie Phelps Finnie was officially announced Wednesday as the replacement for her cousin, 8-term House member Brandon Phelps, who resigned last week for health reasons.

Fall enrollment at SIU-Carbondale dropped by over 14-hundred students, a decline of nearly nine percent from last fall.

SIU-C's 2017 fall enrollment stands at 14,554.

High volume fracking has come to Illinois, and environmental groups are gearing up for a battle.

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A California man has been arrested for an incident in Carbondale on Labor Day.

Police say Demareonte Jones of Sacramento, California is charged with home invasion, criminal damage to property and interfering with a 911 call.

With Labor Day parades across Illinois Monday, Democratic politicians are thinking about how to win back the once-solid support of union members.

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A controversial drilling operation in White County has gotten the go-ahead from the state, but opponents say they're not done with their fight.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has approved a major change in the way Illinois funds public schools.

He signed the bipartisan legislation at a school in Chicago, calling it a historic achievement.

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S-I-U creative writing professor Allison Joseph is organizing a reading benefit to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

She says it's not the first time the creative writing program has hosted something like this: it's organized benefits for the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Sandy, and even back to the devastation of Katrina.

The Illinois Civil Air Patrol will assist with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The airmen will join colleagues from other states to perform aerial imagery missions for FEMA and other agencies in the impact zone.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer sat down with Roberto Barrios, an associate professor of anthropology at SIU-C and co-chair of the Risk and Disasters Topical Interest Group in the Society for Applied Anthropology. He is an expert in post-disaster reconstruction and conducted field research in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Southern Illinois senators Dale Fowler and Paul Schimpf split their votes on the education funding plan approved by lawmakers.

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Harvey is about to make its way through this region.

The National Weather Service in Paducah's lead forecaster Chris Knowles says Harvey's impact will hit the hardest Thursday through much of Friday.

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As part of the Illinois Department of Employment Security's modernization effort, Illinois employers will soon be able to use MyTax Illinois to complete all their unemployment insurance tax processes.

Department director Jeff Mays stopped in Carbondale Wednesday to remind employers about the change coming in less than two weeks.

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With more than 35,000 museums across the country, you’ll likely cross paths with one.

This week a museum flew to Marion.

The Commemorative Air Force flew a Boeing B-29 Super Fortress to the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois as part of their Airpower History Tour.

School Officials Pleased With Springfield.

Aug 30, 2017
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Lawmakers in Springfield have passed a much-needed bill to fund K-12 Education in Illinois.  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will sign the bill into law on Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

SIU Carbondale, for the second year in a row, has earned a top spot on the Sierra Club's "2017 Cool Schools" list.  In this report, WSIU radio visits with Dr. Leslie Duram, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geography and Environmental Resources.

The Illinois Senate is advancing the education funding reform compromise.

The bill restructures how money is paid out to districts, aiming for a more equitable system.

Mendoza Stops By Herrin To Hear From Health Providers.

Aug 28, 2017

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza met with Physicians and Administrators at the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, in Herrin.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher was there.

The Illinois House approved a new school funding plan Monday that will increase state money for all districts and provide $75 million in tax credits for people who donated to private school scholarships.

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