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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A major credit ratings agency says Illinois' new budget is ``more of the same'' from the worst-rated state in the U.S.

S&P Global Ratings released an analysis Tuesday of the $38.5 billion budget.

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A college student - riding across the country to raise money for children facing congenital heart defects - stopped in Carbondale Monday.

John Maus attends Central Michigan University and is on a 43-hundred mile bike tour from Virginia to Oregon.

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A southern Illinois man was seriously hurt when two tractor trailers collided near the Chester Bridge on Thursday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 52-year-old James Klump of Ullin was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

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Chicago Tribune

Media aboard Air Force One say President Donald Trump told them Thursday he is considering commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

Add State Representative Dave Severin to the list of southern Illinois lawmakers calling for the resignation of SIU President Randy Dunn.

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The teacher who reportedly intervened in Friday morning's school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana is a former SIU football player.

The Indianapolis Star reports Jason Seaman has been a science teacher for Noblesville schools for nearly four years and a 7th grade football coach for two years.

Irish-born ballplayers have played a pivotal role in Major League Baseball since the sport's early days.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson -- who recently spoke about the Irish heritage in Pittsburgh's baseball history -- tells us about one former Pirates manager who may be underappreciated.

The U.S. Treasury now officially certifies three areas of Carbondale as federal Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Carbondale Economic Development director Steven Mitchell says this is a new program established in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

One person is in a St. Louis area hospital after a four-vehicle crash in Jackson County.

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SIU School of Law

A former southern Illinois judge, attorney and author has died.

The Southern Illinoisan Obituary page lists 74-year-old Brocton Lockwood as passing away on Monday at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Southern Illinois' first hybrid medical clinic is set to open.

Heartland Regional Medical Group held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Tuesday at the brand new clinic located in the Marion Crossing complex on The Hill in Marion.

An official with the Rend Lake Conservancy District says the plant has been able to keep pace with demand and keep all tanks and towers filled since repairing a water main break.

General Counsel Larry Sanders says there are small leaks, which is common in all water systems. Sanders says no breaks have occurred in the system and all leaks are minor. He says no leak currently warrants doing anything more than monitoring.

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A Williamson County jury has found Jack Thomas, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder.

The Williamson County State's Attorney's office says jurors Monday convicted Thomas of murdering Michael Reed of Marion in 2015.

Carterville Police are investigating two separate burglaries from this past weekend.

Officers responded to a report of a burglary at a business in the 200 block of Commercial Drive on Saturday at 3:20 a.m. The officers found someone broke a window and stole cash.

The Jackson County Board may weigh in on gun legislation in the Illinois General Assembly.

The bills in Springfield include restrictions on the gun buying age, increased waiting periods, magazine bans and gun dealer licensing.

This is high school graduation season across southern Illinois.

It's likely no class was prouder than the one in Cairo, where HUD's closure of two public housing complexes further damaged the already struggling community.

A second southern Illinois lawmaker is calling for the resignation of SIU System President Randy Dunn.

Following the release of emails in an op-ed piece that revealed disparaging remarks by Dunn made against SIU-Carbondale, State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown writes Dunn should resign because he has lost the full trust of the SIU-C community.

While the water shortage with the Rend Lake Conservancy District is improving, the City of Anna is dealing with two water main breaks.

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The House lawmaker who represents SIU–Carbondale is calling for SIU System President Randy Dunn to resign immediately.

State Representative Terri Bryant made her statement on the House floor Thursday in response to an op–ed in the Southern Illinoisan by SIU–C Faculty Senate Budget Committee co–chair Kathleen Chwalisz.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment is the right thing for the State of Illinois to do.

A Carbondale woman was sentenced Wednesday for engaging in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

A Herrin man is charged with robbing a Marion gas station.

The U.S. attorney says Travis Taylor is accused of robbing the Valero Gas Station in Marion on April 25th.

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Murphysboro Police

One of the two suspects wanted for a recent string of home and auto burglaries in Murphysboro has been identified.

Police say 18-year-old Daron Curtis Smith of Murphysboro is in custody on a charge of attempted residential burglary.

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Patients in need of a heart valve replacement procedure now have an alternative to open heart surgery.

Medical professionals at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Tuesday unveiled a less invasive procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR.

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A Randolph County man is headed to prison on methamphetamine charges.

The U.S. attorney says 35-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester received a 15-year federal prison sentence.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday asked the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate the death penalty for mass murderers and those who kill law enforcement officers.

The proposal is part of a public safety initiative the Governor unveiled in an amendatory veto of House Bill 1468.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A longtime film and television star is back at SIU-Carbondale this weekend to receive an honorary degree.

Richard Roundtree - who came to fame as the first black action hero in his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film  Shaft - will receive a Doctorate of Performing Arts during commencement exercises Saturday, May 12.

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks back at the history of the state's professional hockey and basketball teams and the joy they have brought to fans, especially over the past three decades.

Facing significant budget challenges, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents will consider another major academic reorganization proposal.

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Medical News Today

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people.

This comes in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using the smoking devices.

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