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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Educators across the state are anxiously watching the special session in Springfield.

The lack of a budget for K through 12 schools has some wondering if they'll have to alter their calendars for the upcoming academic year.

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There is a new Regional Superintendent of Schools for Williamson, Franklin, Johnson and Massac counties.

The four county chairmen Thursday unanimously approved Lorie LeQuatte to replace Matt Donkin, who is the new District Superintendent in West Frankfort.

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Two dozen school teachers from southeast Missouri involved in an eclipse educational project took part in a two-day conference on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The conference ended Wednesday with a test launch of two tethered high-altitude, helium-filled weather balloons, similar to the ones that will be released on eclipse day, August 21st.

Debbie Below with the Southeast Missouri State University Eclipse Committee talks about the plans being made for the big event on the Cape Girardeau campus and the city as a whole.

Missouri Valley Conference basketball coaches are getting ready for the upcoming basketball season.

The coaches provided an update on their preparations during a conference call Tuesday.

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Ameren Illinois Friday donated 50 air conditioner units to help low-income residents deal with the summer heat.

Ameren's senior director of division operations John Barud says the utility wants to be a good community partner by helping those in need cool their homes.

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Sunday is Father's Day.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says baseball is a great way to connect fathers and sons, whether it's on the diamond or in literature.

One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session.

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The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning was from the Metro East.

The Belleville News Democrat reports two days ago, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook. He also worked on Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

A pair of forums in southern Illinois this week are designed to highlight the job opportunities in alternative energy sources.

A new law in Illinois makes 200-million dollars available to build new solar and wind facilities in the state. So, the forums will offer community leaders ideas on how to bring in new energy jobs.

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If you watched any of the Stanley Cup Final on television, you may have seen a band performing inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

One of the band members is originally from Tamms and now lives in Anna.

Due to the ongoing state budget impasse, the museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will close temporarily on July 1.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says budget cuts have reduced the staff to just one person who will maintain the collections.

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner have yet to approve funding for K through 12 schools with the new academic year just over two months away.

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The City of Carbondale has hired a new promoter and will have a music festival the weekend before the total solar eclipse.

City Manager Gary Williams says after the deal with the original promoter fell through last month, officials had to move to plan B.

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Leaders with the City of Carbondale and SIU-C attended a ribbon cutting Wednesday for the new entrance monument along Route 13 on the east side of town.

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A building that housed a well-known bar in Carbondale for nearly three decades is gone.

The City of Carbondale demolished Sidetracks on Tuesday.

When officials at SIU-Carbondale announced almost 80 job cuts last week, over 60-percent of them involved civil service workers. Now, the head of the civil service workers union is speaking out.

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The 4th annual Herbal Medicine Workshop is set for next week in southern Illinois.

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Two Franklin County residents have been arrested for a burglary at a southern Illinois coal mine.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says 36-year-old Robert Gifford and 35-year-old Jennifer Gifford, both of Sesser, were charged with burglary and theft of over 500-dollars.

Southern Illinois is home to the nation's 8th oldest regional economic development district.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Friday celebrated the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission's 50th anniversary during an event at SIU's Transportation Education Center.

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Baseball and opera may not seem like a match made in heaven, but there are instances where the two make a good combination.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about two baseball operas, including one he saw for himself.

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A southern Illinois woman survived after her car collided with an Amtrak train.

Leaders at SIU-Carbondale announced some of their plans in an effort to make 19 million dollars in permanent cuts because of the ongoing budget impasse.

The plan includes a reduction in the workforce.

Two people are in custody in Jefferson County after an explosive device was found inside a residence.

Deputies say at around 7:30 Monday evening, they and other area law enforcement agencies served a search warrant for drugs and explosives on North Stratford Lane in Jefferson County.

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One of the men involved in a fatal shooting incident last year on West Walnut Street in Carbondale has avoided prison time, at least for now.

Online court records show 22-year-old Dwayne Dunn was sentenced this week to 30 months' probation after pleading guilty to reckless discharge of a firearm.

Public forums with the two new chancellor candidates at SIU-Carbondale have been scheduled for next month.

Eight performances and two free concerts are planned for the 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.

New legislation aims to keep more students at Illinois colleges and universities.

Democratic Representative Lou Lang says high school grads are leaving Illinois in droves for out of state schools...with up to 35 percent never returning. He says his three-pronged bill could help slow that trend.

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A Pulaski County man has been arrested in connection to a shooting this past weekend in Carbondale.

Carbondale Police say 24-year-old Devante Taylor of Olmsted is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and No Valid Illinois Firearm Owner's ID.

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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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