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 southern Illinois lawmaker is part of a newly established task force that will try to increase the use of Illinois coal.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin appointed Representative Dave Severin of Benton to the group that will study the costs and benefits of using the latest scrubber technology to allow Illinois coal mined in the state to be burned in the state as well.

The Southern Illinois University Press is struggling financially and a committee is currently studying the best way for the press to move forward, if at all.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a baseball series at the SIU Press many years ago helped bolster its reputation across the country.

A democratic candidate for governor is dropping out of the race.

In an email sent to supporters, Amaya Pawar says he does not have the money to conduct a meaningful statewide campaign.

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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin delivered the keynote address Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Durbin said Simon had plenty of offers to teach when he retired from the Senate. So, he decided to follow his heart.

A Metro East man died in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

Illinois State Police say 57-year-old Wayne Maxwell of O'Fallon was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes of I-57 at milepost 47.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday to look into potential issues with patient safety and care.

There is an ongoing investigation at the facility related to mismanagement and retaliation against whistleblowers.

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If you didn't get a chance to see the replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships in Cape Girardeau, you're in luck, there stay has been extended.

The Cities of Carbondale and Herrin are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent string of armed robberies in both cities.

Seven robberies occurred from July 27th through September 16th.

It's time for the yearly squirrel count in Olney.

The 39th annual event starts this Saturday, Oct. 7.

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Jackson County State's Attorney

A Jackson County Jury returned guilty verdicts on five criminal counts against a Carbondale man.

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Organizers of Williamson County's Traffic Safety Days are honoring one of their partners with the 10th annual event logo.
 
The logo, unveiled Tuesday at the sheriff's office in Marion, features a tractor-trailer from Thomason Express.

One person was hurt in a fall Monday in the area of Little Grand Canyon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says Tempest Kipp-Evans had to be carried out using a stokes basket late Monday afternoon.

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A leading worldwide researcher on total solar eclipses will visit southeast Missouri to gather input from area residents on what they experienced during the August 21st event.

Kate Russo says she enjoys watching people describe their first total solar eclipses because it was transformative for her.

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A legal expert visited the SIU School of Law to discuss what he considers a troubling trend.

John Malcolm is the vice president of the Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation. He talked to the students Wednesday about the Perils of Over-Criminalization.

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Franklin County Emergency Management Agency

Two southern Illinois courthouses re-opened Wednesday after a bomb threat.

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University of Auckland, New Zealand

WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on a medical professional from New Zealand, who recently visited Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, MO to talk about her work with health robots assisting patients with dementia.

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Veterans and military personnel interested in starting a small business learned some tips on how to get the process started.

The Small Business Development Center at SIU-Carbondale hosted the Veterans Small Business Roadshow Tuesday.

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PILF

The Public Interest Legal Foundation says it placed 22 Illinois counties on notice for holding more registered voters than adult residents in their respective jurisdictions.

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The first half of Ken Burns' 10-part PBS series on the Vietnam War aired September 17-21 on WSIU-Television. The second half of the series will begin on September 24.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a trip to Vietnam during the war changed the life of a future Major League Hall of Famer.

The Carbondale and Herrin Police Departments have partnered to investigate a series of recent armed robberies that have occurred in both towns.

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St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro is undergoing the first major modernization of its emergency department since 1994.

Phase one of the project is almost complete. It features eight new rooms, including two designed to treat behavioral health patients.

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The Democratic Governors Association is going after Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner ahead of next year's election.

The association launched its Rauner's Broken Record Tour Tuesday in Carbondale and Springfield.

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Hands of Hope Foundation

Six area churches and an area retailer are collecting supplies for the victims of the two recent hurricanes in the U.S.

Through September 25th, the Hands of Hope Foundation's Irma-Harvey Relief Aid Drive will collect items and monetary donations.

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A permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. is coming to Perryville, Missouri.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talked recently with Mike and Vicky Lundy of Perryville. They're spearheading the effort that is making this happen.

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Egyptian Electric Cooperative

A crew of four lineman from Egyptian Electric Cooperative in southern Illinois is helping restore power in the southeast after Hurricane Irma.

Before the hurricane made land, the local crew was sent to Alma, Georgia. The Egyptian Electric linemen are Ronnie Gill, Robbie Knop, Matt McElroy and Cody Lee.

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Shelter Box USA

An international organization is working to help people around the world following natural disaster and conflict.

Shelter Box USA partners with Rotary International to provide emergency shelter and tools for displaced families.

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Two SIU-Carbondale students who are a part of the DACA program remain hopeful about completing their college careers.

That's even though President Donald Trump announced this week he's ending the program, which deferred deportation proceedings for certain young undocumented immigrants.

Major League Baseball took a step last month to reach out to young people with a big league game called the Little League Classic.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson fondly remembers his days as a youth when going to Forbes Field in Pittsburgh was an all-day adventure.

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A small plane from southern Illinois that went missing has been located in a mountainous area in West Virginia.

Bridgeport police Chief John Walker told The Exponent Telegram another plane was able to spot the missing aircraft.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect accused of firing gunshots into a residence late Monday night.

Officers say 30-year-old Dennis Higgins, Jr. of Carbondale is charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

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