Brad Palmer

All Things Considered Host, WSIU Radio News Producer

As a news producer and news anchor on All Things Considered, Brad provides the listeners with a recap of the day's top local and state news as well as breaking news at any given time.

During a day of news gathering, Brad will receive help from other professional staff members as well as a corps of student volunteers and paid staff members. He also assists the student-led sports department with editorial and content support.

Brad has also assisted with pledge support on both WSIU Radio and Television as well as content for WSIU-TV InFocus and play-by-play of SIU Saluki football and women's basketball.

He also produces a popular essay/commentary segment called Reading Baseball with retired Southern Illinois University Carbondale English Professor Richard "Pete" Peterson.

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The St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs this season, but maybe the franchise's biggest loss was when Red Schoendienst passed away in June after 67 years with the organization.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tell us about the unlikely way in which Schoendienst became the team's manager in the mid-1960's.

A Cairo man is dead following a shooting on the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau.

Illinois State Police say 26-year-old Dalvin Taylor was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by gunfire from another vehicle on Sunday.

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A southern Illinois congressional candidate spoke to reporters Wednesday about what he calls the false attacks on his record.

Twelfth district democratic nominee Brendan Kelly was joined in Belleville by law enforcement, victims' advocates and fellow prosecutors.

The St. Clair County prosecutor says the ad is misleading and plain wrong.

Kelly says southern Illinois voters deserve better.

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Teachers in the Murphysboro School District have a new contract.

The Board of Education Tuesday night ratified the new deal. The teachers did the same last week.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is heralding what he calls a key investment in the future economic development of the region.

State Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg says a million dollars in capital funding has been released for the proposed river port terminal in Cairo.

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In an effort to encourage a more positive outlook for children in the community, the Hardin County Sheriff's Department says it has created a Junior Deputy Program in the elementary school.

To help prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is trying a new approach.
 
The Red Cross is calling for winter heroes to host blood drives.

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A 10th and final defendant has been sentenced in connection with a 2017 murder in Mt. Vernon.

Police say Deon Frazier was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted robbery and attempted home invasion in the attempted robbery and shooting death of Deandray Jackson.

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Researchers from the U.S., Canada and France are sharing the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Their work involves methods to create ultra-fast laser pulses.

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Teachers in the Murphysboro School District said yes Wednesday to a new one-year contract agreement with the administration.

Murphysboro Education Association spokesperson Melinda Pierson says the new deal includes a pay increase and some help from the district in offsetting the teachers' health insurance costs.

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Eight schools in Union County are receiving federal grant funds to improve school safety.

The 357-thousand dollars are awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program in the Department of Justice.

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A national test for Wireless Emergency Alert and Emergency Alert System capabilities will take place Wednesday afternoon.

FEMA and the FCC will jointly conduct the nationwide test to assess if the infrastructure is ready to distribute a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

UPDATED AT 9:45 p.m. Oct. 1:

The Murphysboro CUSD 186 Facebook page says The Murphysboro Education Association and the School Board's Negotiation team met tonight. A tentative agreement was reached. There will be school Tuesday.

Reading Baseball: Philip Roth and Donald Hall

Sep 28, 2018

Baseball's familiarity makes it a great subject for American literature.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about two decorated, baseball-loving writers who passed away earlier this year.

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A central Illinois motorcycle club has donated money from a fundraiser to help a southern Illinois service dog organization that benefits military veterans suffering from PTSD.

The Taylorville VFW Riders recently presented officials at This Able Veteran in Carbondale with a 50-thousand dollar check from a Poker Run this past summer.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth are calling on Congress to strengthen federal oversight of the housing crisis in Cairo.

They testified Tuesday before a hearing of the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee. The topic concerned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's failed oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority.

Residents and visitors in downtown Carbondale now have access to free Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is now available along Illinois Avenue between the Town Square Pavilion and Friendship Plaza.

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A southern Illinois hospital has a new leader.

Washington County Hospital in Nashville has hired Brian Monsma as its new president.

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The inaugural SIU Day brought in several hundred students from 22 high schools around the southern Illinois region.

A flyer is floating around social media outing a student at SIU-Carbondale as a Nazi sympathizer.

The flyer claims the student is attending school on a scholarship and that students should contact the Financial Aid Department to demand SIU-C revoke the scholarship immediately.

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Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition

John A. Logan College is keeping its distance from flyers promoting white supremacy, which were placed on vehicles parked at the school on Tuesday.

The flyers had a bold typed headline that read "It's Alright to be White."

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The Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition says flyers promoting white supremacy were placed on vehicles parked Tuesday at John A. Logan College.

On its Facebook page, the coalition posted a photograph of the flyer that included a headline in bold type that read, "It's Alright to be White."

Senior citizens and people with disabilities can soon start applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - or LIHEAP.

Local agencies will begin scheduling appointments and accepting applications for winter heating assistance on October 1st.

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A southern Illinois man will discuss his work to help rescue a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand.

This past summer, the players and their coach were trapped in a cave due to high water.

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WSIL reports a judge Monday morning vacated the first-degree murder conviction against Gaege Bethune.

A jury convicted the Eldorado man in June of first-degree murder for the death of former SIU-C student Pravin Varughese.

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A Jackson County jury Thursday found a Murphysboro man guilty of killing his parents in their home last year.

Former St. Louis Cardinal and Los Angeles Dodger player Wally Moon passed away earlier this year. The Arkansas native took advantage of the oddly configured Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to hit dozens of home runs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how ballplayers at all levels are used to playing on uniquely shaped diamonds.

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The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that strengthens infrastructure at America's ports, locks, dams and waterways.

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For the first time in school history, the Saluki men's golf team is ranked the number one team in the country according to the Golfweek rankings.

SIU's rating is 67.90. Campbell University is second at 68.11 followed in the top five by Indiana, Missouri and Bowling Green.

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A grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Carbondale man with murder.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 24-year-old Judious Kizeart is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of robbery and one count of criminal cannabis conspiracy.

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