The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

The Red Cross says in a statement Monday it's facing an emergency blood shortage because donations lagged during the holiday week.

The two remaining inmates who escaped last month from the White County Jail are back in custody.

Illinois State Police say they arrested 24-year-old Zachery Shock of McLeansboro late Friday night in Gallatin County.

WSIU News: AM Updated 7/10/2018

Jul 10, 2018

Good morning.  Expect a partly cloudy day today with a high of 93 degrees.

Illinois Public Radio

A panel is traveling across Illinois to hear about what it's like to be a female in politics.

The  Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel is hosting listening sessions to hear about sexual harassment in the political workplace.

The Illinois attorney general is investigating fast food restaurants over hiring practices.

At issue are so-called no-poaching agreements. That’s where restaurant franchisees are prohibited from hiring people away from other franchise owners.

Federal funds are now available to improve security at schools.

In his latest book, released on July 10th by West Vine Press, Zeigler native and author Jesse S. Mitchell takes us on a journey through reality and hallucination with an everyday man named Warren Casser who has lost a loved one.

Books on Baseball

July 6 is the 85th anniversary of the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a Chicago man thought of the idea as a way to help revive a struggling sport.

Roland Machinery

Illinois manufacturers have already been feeling the effects of the trade war that officialy began Friday morning.

Matt Roland is president of Roland Machinery, which sells excavators, road graders and other heavy equipment. The company has locations in Carterville and Cape Girardeau... but Roland says it's also part of the global economy.

Washington University

Washington University researchers have identified specific areas of the country where women are much more likely to die from breast cancer.

Across all women, there were 80 counties in the U.S. with the highest rates of breast cancer mortality. Nine were in Missouri, including New Madrid, Stoddard and Scott Counties.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A Jefferson County man is accused of killing his brother.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says it arrested 36-year-old Matthew Sloan of rural Mt. Vernon on Wednesday.

Carbondale's mayor says he's disappointed in SIU President Randy Dunn - and is continuing his push to keep the university system together.

Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

The manager of a Mt. Vernon thrift store has been arrested for stealing from his business.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says 57-year-old William "Bill" Norton faces a warrant charging him with felony theft. He manages the Mt. Vernon Christian Outreach & Resale Shop.

SIU's President says he stands by his decisions when it comes to a funding reallocation between the system's Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Spero Looks To Raise Funds On Friday.

Jul 3, 2018

For the first time in several years, Illinois has a budget.  While this is good news for many, one non–profit that receives state funds is holding a community benefit this Friday.  Spero Family Services is hosting their 23rd annual charity golf classic at Mt.

A southern Illinois man is charged with falsely making a threat to blow up a Military Recruiting Center.

Fatal Crash Early Monday on I-57

Jul 2, 2018

A single car crash left one person dead and another injured early this morning on Interstate 57 in Williamson County, near milepost 55.

Illinois hospitals will soon receive money to treat millions of people who are covered through Medicaid.

The federal government approved an Illinois plan to distribute that money, called the hospital assessment program.

For the first time in several years, Illinois has a budget.  While this is good news for many, one non–profit that receives state funds is holding a community benefit this Friday.  Spero Family Services is hosting their 23rd annual charity golf classic at Mt.

Historian and author Gillum Ferguson discusses his book "Illinois In The War Of 1812."

Region Still Recovering from Storms This Week

Jun 29, 2018
National Weather Service

There are still thousands of Ameren Illinois customers without electricity.

In southern Illinois, Williamson and Franklin Counties are reporting the most outages.

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An SIU Trustee is calling for President Randy Dunn to resign, in light of documents made public this week.

Nearly two-thousand pages of documents from the SIU Board of Trustees show a sharp division between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, particularly when it comes to funding.

WSIU InFocus: Southern Illinois Peach Crop

Jun 28, 2018

Rendleman Orchards has been around almost as long as the State of Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with Wayne Sirles about the business and how the 2018 peach crop is looking so far.

The Supreme Court's ruling that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions has labor groups calling on Democrats to rally together.

The case involved Illinois state government worker Mark Janus, who argued that everything unions do, including bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it.

Illinois News Connection

Illinois is doing better at improving the lives of children, according to the new 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

But the report warns progress could be undermined by a 2020 Census under-count.

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With excessive heat headed to the region this weekend, cooling centers are opening up around the region.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

The longtime Gaia House Interfaith Center in Carbondale is getting a much–needed upgrade, thanks to two southern Illinois businesses.  The building will soon have an air conditioning system thanks to Jacobs A–C.  And Saturday, June 30th, 2018  AES Solar of Carterville will be installing a system at no charge.  Aur   Beck of AES says giving the system to a local non–profit is in line with his native American heritage, which believes that on your birthday you should give gifts.  AES Solar recently reached their 19th year in business.    Tomorrow's (Saturday) installation will also give students at John A, Logan College's Hands–On Solar Installation Course required on–site learning.

Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's Office is offering a 500-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Deputies say Wayne Synek is wanted for unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and two counts of obstructing justice.

Associated Press

Governor Bruce Rauner is praising today's Janus v AFSCME ruling...saying it protects free speech rights of state workers.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public-sector workers who opt out of a union shouldn't be forced to pay dues to cover contract negotiations. Governor Rauner says they'll be notifying state employees of their constitutional rights.