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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Officials at SIU-Carbondale say no foul play is suspected in the death of a student, found in a campus residence hall room Thursday.

In a written release, the University says the cause of death has not been determined.

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The Green Party will have a new candidate running for the 12th district congressional seat in 2018.

After Paula Bradshaw ran in the past three election cycles, SIU-Carbondale Philosophy and Communication Studies professor Randy Auxier announced his candidacy Wednesday.

Ameren Illinois is helping a Williamson County organization that serves the needy.

The utility donated over five thousand dollars and nearly three thousand canned goods to the Herrin House of Hope on Wednesday.

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Anna Police Dept.

The Anna Police Department is currently investigating several criminal damage to property complaints, which involves an unknown person or persons shooting a BB gun at the windows of businesses.

It's final exam week at SIU-Carbondale and soon high school students in the area will be taking their own finals.

For some students that means extra study time trying to catch up on classwork or cramming for a final. That might include pulling an all-nighter - but is that really a good idea when it comes to learning?

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A southern Illinois community says it's using the power of the sun to treat its wastewater and save taxpayers money.

The City of Pinckneyville unveiled a new solar array at its wastewater treatment plant Friday afternoon.

A Republican lawmaker is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner over a claim that the Democratic House speaker influenced the cancellation of a $12.5 million no-bid contract the administration signed.

A southern Illinois lawmaker has been appointed to the state's newly created Taskforce on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown supported House Resolution 687, which created the Taskforce.

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Franklin County Sheriff's Dept.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with a fraud investigation.

Deputies say the case involves a Franklin County resident that was traveling and stopped at a gas station in Princeton, Kentucky.

SIU-Carbondale recently celebrated the issuance of the school's 100th patent.
 
SIU-C's Economic and Regional Development Director Kyle Harfst says the total is actually up to 103 now. He says that number doesn't mean patents applied for, but those issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as novel discoveries.

Harfst says the university is a true partner with the entrepreneurs.

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Duquesne Athletic Dept.

The SIU Saluki men's basketball team will play in the Las Vegas Classic later this month.

One of its opponents, Duquesne, may be easy to overlook. But as WSIU's Pete Peterson tells us, the Dukes played a pivotal role at the collegiate and professional levels decades ago.

Saluki Athletics and the Carbondale Police Department are extending their Coats for Kids collection dates to include two additional SIU men's basketball games.

Marion Mayor Bob Butler will officially step down from his position at the end of January.

He is one of the longest-serving mayors in United States history, having first taken office in 1963.

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Illinois Dept. of Corrections

The proposed re-purposing of the Illinois Youth Center facility in Murphysboro is taking longer than originally announced.

In October 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner said he wanted to re-open the center as a life skills and a re-entry facility. He expected it to open in about six months. But, 13 months later, the facility remains closed.

A Carbondale man is one of the winners in the 2017 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

Bryce Berkowitz received third place for his poem entitled  Explain Yourself.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner joined Japan's Consul General to the Midwest at Rend Lake College for a workforce and education roundtable.

They were joined Wednesday by educational leaders, employers and economic development officials from southern Illinois.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have made an arrest in a series of armed robberies from earlier this year involving food delivery drivers.

Officers says in April, they received three separate reports of armed robberies of restaurant delivery drivers.

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Union County Sheriff's Dept.

The Union County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in finding a fugitive.

Deputies say 40-year-old Bobby Best is wanted for failure to appear on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm and theft.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a possible scam is operating in the area involving his agency.

He says local businesses have reported receiving calls from a person who claims they are representing the Williamson County Sheriff's Office to raise money to provide coats for needy children.

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SIU

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute may soon have a new leader.

Journalist and author John Shaw will take over as the next director if approved by the SIU Board of Trustees.

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Southern Illinoisan

Two former officials with the Alexander County Housing Authority face a civil fraud complaint accusing them of using public housing money for personal use.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the complaint Tuesday against former housing authority executive directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Brad Palmer about his thoughts on the progress of SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's academic reorganization plan and the kickoff of Illinois' Bicentennial celebration this weekend.

A Carbondale resident has won a big prize from the Illinois Lottery.

Buelah Simmons won 750-thousand dollars on a scratch-off ticket called Ultimate Crossword.

The Carbondale Park District has approved a plot of land for the city's first dog park.

The site will be at the southwest corner of Parrish Fields.

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Perry County Emergency Management Agency

Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time.

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A marine biologist and bestselling author is in Carbondale as part of a series of documentaries he's making on the power of water.

Wallace J. Nichols' is basing the series on his book entitled  Blue Mind, which examines the effects of water on our health and well-being.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police have made an arrest in last weekend's armed robbery of the Staples retail store on East Main Street.

Officers say 33-year-old Tyler Johnson of St. Louis was taken into custody late Monday night at a Carbondale hotel.

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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This is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the SIH Cancer Institute is launching a public information campaign about the importance of screenings.

Longtime Williamson County State's Attorney Charles Garnati has died.

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