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 union that represents full-time tenured faculty at John A. Logan College is publicly backing three candidates in the upcoming Board of Trustees election.

The Logan Illinois Education Association is supporting Becky Borgsmiller, Mandy Little and Glenn Poshard.

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Cairo Police

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

Students at Murphysboro High School were sent home early Thursday after the school received a bomb threat.

According to the district's Facebook page, school officials were alerted to the threat at around 1 p.m. and students were dismissed soon after that.

A Randolph County man is dead and three other southern Illinois residents were hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Perry County.

The Perry County Sheriff's office says the accident occurred around 6:30 Thursday morning on State Route 154.

A group of concerned citizens wants the City of Carbondale to protect immigrants in the community.

Group spokesperson Natalie Long says members proposed an ordinance during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

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Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect wanted for the burglary of a local business.

Illinois Senate Democrats are asking state agency heads to answer for Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to pull votes off the "grand bargain."

The governor's own budget proposal depends on the grand bargain - otherwise it's short by $4.6 billion dollars.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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A former SIU Track and Field standout who jumped onto the world stage at last summer's Olympic Games is getting financial help in her training for upcoming competitions.

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Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Clinicians are needed for a new intervention program targeting delinquent youth in southern Illinois.

The Functional Family Therapy team is being developed within the First Judicial Circuit.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
 
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

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Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for the suspect wanted for the armed robbery of the Kroger Fuel Station on Giant City Road.

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Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau announced a new partnership Thursday to improve cardiothoracic care.

Southeast Health will collaborate with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A crash involving three motorcycles shut down a portion of Interstate 64 in southern Illinois Friday for over four hours.

A Carbondale house has been destroyed by fire.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says deputies, the county ambulance service and MPS Fire responded to the fire on Garden Lane in rural Carbondale just before Midnight on Thursday.

Social service agencies have been among the hardest hit by the ongoing Illinois budget impasse.

There is some optimism in Springfield that a budget compromise may be on the horizon to end the nearly 20-month stalemate.

Governor Bruce Rauner has consistently praised the Senate leadership in its bi-partisan approach to create a spending plan called the Grand Bargain.

During his budget address Wednesday, Rauner repeated his call for term limits, worker's compensation and pension reform and reining in state employee health insurance costs.

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Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the need to pump more funding into K through 12 education.

The SIU-Carbondale Office of Information Technology is putting out an urgent notice to the campus community about an email scam.

Interim Chief Information Officer Scott Bridges says students, faculty and staff at SIU-C are receiving emails telling them their financial aid award letter is available by clicking on Saluki Net or their SIU email account.

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed a southern Illinois educator to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Rauner says Kevin Settle's 34 years' experience as a superintendent, assistant regional superintendent and teacher will bring important experience and regional perspective to the board.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says he believes President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will fit in nicely with the other eight members on the nation's high court.

Assistant professor Ed Dawson says Neil Gorsuch has the sort of resume you'd expect for a nominee to the Supreme Court.

A fire has destroyed a Jackson County business.

The sheriff's office says deputies and MPS fire responded to Abbey Ridge Brewery and Tap Room just before 1 a.m.

The Illinois Policy Institute introduced a budget reform plan that it says balances the state budget and closes Illinois' projected $7.1 billion budget deficit without a tax increase.

Institute CEO John Tillman says raising taxes will not fix Illinois. He says the state must reform the way it spends the taxpayers' money.

Spring enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale mirrors the decline in fall enrollment, but school officials say that was expected.

Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says enrollment this spring is down 7.4 percent when compared to the spring semester of 2016. Fall enrollment declined 7.55 percent from the fall of 2015.

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Mt. Vernon Police

An 18-year-old is charged in connection with a shooting death in Mt. Vernon.

The Mt. Vernon Police Department says members of the United States Marshall's Service in Springfield took Lekedrieon Russell into custody on Monday. He is charged with First Degree Murder in the January 20th death of Deandray Jackson.

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The head of the SIU-Carbondale campus is voicing his support for international students in light of President Trump's executive order.

In a written statement, interim Chancellor Brad Colwell says SIU-C enrolls 88 students from the seven countries listed in the president's executive order halting immigration and travel.

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