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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Saline County (KS) Sheriff's Office

A Kansas newspaper reports charges were dismissed this week against two men that authorities had alleged were conspiring to kill people in Carbondale.

The Salina Journal reports the prosecutor dismissed charges against 25-year-old Xavier Lewis and 22-year-old Xavier McCray. But, the charges were dismissed in a way that would allow them to be refiled.

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St. Louis baseball fans probably have a favorite pitcher over the long history of Major League Baseball in the city.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says you can't assume the greatest pitchers in St. Louis history played for the Cardinals.

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The future of Illinois' official state insect is in doubt.

The Monarch butterfly has seen its population decline by 80 percent over the past ten years, putting it at risk of becoming endangered.

The Senate has approved a $36.5 billion budget that was initiated by minority Republicans. But, it turned down authority to implement it.

The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 31-21 to approve the proposed outlay for the year that begins July 1.

A woman who was instrumental in the development of Title IX says the SIU athletic department may have an uphill battle in defending against a complaint it violated the 1972 law.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating a Title IX complaint against Saluki athletics following a decision to eliminate the men's and women's tennis teams earlier this year.

SIU President Randy Dunn has revealed more information about the search for a new chancellor on the Carbondale campus.

In an email sent to the campus community Tuesday, Dunn wrote that one of the originally named finalists- Carl Pinkert from the University of Alabama - has withdrawn his name from further consideration.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police say a missing man has been found.

Officers say Illinois State Police found 78-year-old Lee Batie Tuesday in central Illinois.

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Carbondale Police

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing adult.

Officers say on May 8 at 12:30 p.m., 78-year-old Lee Batie was last seen leaving his apartment in Carbondale.

Batie was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and has early onset Dementia.

Amid staff reductions, Northern Illinois University has paid nearly two hundred thousand dollars in legal fees to defend the school’s president.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker recently announced a round of layoffs as the campus continues to struggle with the effects of the statewide budget impasse.

The student-run Northern Star newspaper recently reported on an area of the university's finances that doesn't get as much attention.

Three employees at two southern Illinois correctional facilities were recognized during an awards ceremony in Springfield Wednesday.

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A central Illinois man has admitted to committing bank fraud involving the construction of an apartment complex in Carbondale.

The U.S. attorney's office says 56-year-old Christopher Creek of Champaign pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent requests for construction loans to the banks that financed the project for the Pointe at SIU.

A group of lawmakers is trying to boost the economy in Illinois' southernmost city.

This week, State Senator Dale Fowler, representatives with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth as well as Congressman Mike Bost's office met with Delta Regional Authority Chairman Chris Masingill to talk about a proposed port terminal project for Cairo.

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The Mississippi River Bridge at Chester has re-opened.

The Randolph County Sheriff's office says the bridge that connects Chester and Perryville, Missouri is now open to traffic again.

The bridge closed last Thursday when water on the Missouri side covered the roadway.
 

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The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency wants county residents to report any flood related damage to its office.

Officials are collecting damage assessments in case disaster recovery assistance would become available in the future.

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A group of around 60 people took part in a pop-up demonstration during the noon hour Monday outside Congressman Mike Bost's office in Carbondale.

They were there to protest Bost's yes vote last week on the American Health Care Act.

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The Union County Sheriff's Office and the the county emergency management agency wants residents in the Wolf Lake and Ware areas to consider evacuating until the Mississippi River falls to a safe level.

Officials say several sand boils were identified on the levee west of Wolf Lake. Local, state and federal agencies say their non-stop work to stabilize the sand boils appears to be successful, so far.

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The Pittsburgh Marathon is this weekend.

Once again, WSIU's Reading Baseball contributor Pete Peterson will be taking part in the event's half marathon.

In this special commentary, Pete talks about getting more and more reminders about how unusual it is for a man of his "advanced" age to be running mile after mile.

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

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With more rain expected in the region, volunteers in are filling hundreds of sandbags to save some areas that are inching closer and closer to high water.

Volunteers are bagging the sand at the former Curwood Plant on North 19th Street in Murphysboro.

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Jackson County Chairman John Rendleman has signed a Proclamation of Disaster.

Heavy rainfall over the weekend has resulted in widespread flooding and damage to roadways and other critical infrastructure. Near record forecasts for both the Mississippi and Big Muddy Rivers this week will likely worsen conditions in some areas. Additional rainfall is expected Wednesday into Thursday, which could lead to addition flash flooding.

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Herrin Police

The Herrin Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a runaway teenager.

Officers say 17-year-old Hannah Wheeler left her home in Herrin on Friday, April 28 at around 5:00pm. After notifying a friend that she would not be returning home, she has not been heard from since.


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The annual AIDS candlelight vigil in southern Illinois is coming up this weekend.

The guest speaker is Reverend John Holst, pastor of Marion Zion United Church of Christ. He says his message will be about continued compassion, because it seems as if the public has forgotten about how many people suffer from this life-changing disease.

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Two Nebraska men are in custody, after being connected to an interstate crime spree, which includes a recent shooting incident outside of a store in Effingham.

State's Attorney Bryan Kibler says 19-year old Allen McCray and 23-year old Victor Linton, both of Omaha, are being held in custody in western Missouri -- following a separate incident there last Friday.

An SIU-Carbondale student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

The illness is spread by direct contact with saliva or through the coughing or sneezing of those who are infected.

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Carbondale Police

Three people are in custody and another is being sought following an incident at Kohl's Department Store in Carbondale.

Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle and retail theft at the store around 5:45 Monday afternoon.
As officers arrived in the area, they immediately identified the suspect vehicle and the three suspects.

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A law professor, who was involved in the civil rights movement in Cairo, visited SIU-Carbondale Monday to talk about her experiences then.

Carol Pauli is an associate professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

She was a schoolteacher and journalist in Alexander County for almost three years in the early 1970's. Pauli is now working on a personal memoir about those times.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois' senior U.S. senator is trying to help dozens of families in the state's southernmost town.

Dick Durbin traveled to Cairo Friday to see what can be done to find subsidized housing for the nearly 200 families who are losing their homes after HUD soon closes two public housing complexes.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met Friday with southern Illinois leaders to talk about the impact of proposed federal cuts to transportation.

Durbin says President Trump's plan harshly targets the region.

Carbondale Police arrested three juveniles early Friday morning for a break-in at a local business.

At 4:15 a.m., officers were alerted to a burglary in progress at the S.I. Gymnastics facility, at 742 East Main Street.

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