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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Carbondale Police are searching for a man wanted for an attempted abduction Wednesday morning.

Officers say while walking to school on the north side of East College Street, a teenage girl saw a man near The Fields Apartments complex at 700 South Lewis Lane. The man called out to her, but she ignored him. He then ran across the street and grabbed her around the waist.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Americans did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.

Murphysboro Police hope they have solved the mystery of who has been committing a rash of home and auto burglaries in town.

Chief of Police Chad Roberts says 14 home and auto burglaries were reported in the southwestern and northern parts of town during the week of April 16th and again on April 29th.

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One of the strongest weather events in the region's history occurred nine years ago Tuesday.

On May 8th, 2009, a storm system classified as a Derecho brought widespread damaging winds from 70 to 90 mph to a corridor through southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

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SIU-Carbondale and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will team up to conduct strategic planning studies of two IDNR sites in southwestern Illinois.

The sites are the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta and Pyramid State Park in Perry County.

A Saline County resident is dead following an ATV crash.

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SIU-Carbondale Monday named its first women's soccer head coach in school history.

Grant Williams will lead the newly created program as it prepares for competition in the fall of 2019 and entry into the Missouri Valley Conference in 2020.

The Illinois Senate passed a measure that is designed to shed more light on fracking.

The bill would close loopholes in the state's regulation and provide the public with information about well locations and chemicals to be used in the fracking process.

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says so many kids today are specializing in just one sport, that the number of overuse injuries is reaching numbers never before seen.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker says he is encouraged about the future of a Port District in Cairo.

Senator Dale Fowler joined local officials Monday in Illinois' southernmost city to hear presentations from businesses out of New Orleans, Florida and Kentucky.

As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.

For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

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On the final day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Poshard Foundation doled out $100,000 dollars in grants funds.

The money went to 30 southern Illinois agencies serving abused and neglected children.

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Carbondale Police have identified the person who died after being hit by a train early Sunday morning.

Officers say 20-year-old Aaron Banez of Chicago- a student at SIU-Carbondale - was hit along the overpass at East Pleasant Hill Road. That area is not a railroad crossing.

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A trio of southern Illinois school districts this week learned about how to fund school safety improvements.

Administrators from Vienna District 55, North Wayne District 200 in Cisne and Norris City-Omaha-Enfield District 3 heard about various bond and loan options.

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SIU-Carbondale's Campus Lake will be a busy place Saturday, with two major events planned: the dedication of the renovated Campus Lake boathouse and the 45th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta.

It's almost time for the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon.

For the 9th consecutive year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson will be one of the thousands running through the streets of the Steel City. In this special commentary, Pete tells us why this year's marathon will be extra special.

The SIU-Carbondale athletics department has a new leader.

Former Saluki football coach Jerry Kill is the new head of athletics - at least for the time being.

A longtime southern Illinois school administrator is running for state senate as a democrat.

Steve Webb is superintendent of the Goreville school district. He wants to challenge incumbent republican Dale Fowler.

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Turning around SIU-Carbondale's declining enrollment is now in the hands of a woman who helped boost the numbers at another Midwest university.

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Jefferson Co. Fire Protection District

Illinois State Police say tractor-trailers collided Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County.

Troopers say the accident occurred at 10:23 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate at milepost 85.

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Congressman Bost's office

The International Foodservice Distributors Association recognized southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost.

Bost is a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award recognizes legislators whose voting record indicates strong support of policies that enable the U.S. foodservice distribution industry to create jobs, expand, and contribute to their local communities.

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The third trip for the Honor Flight of Southern Illinois takes place Tuesday.

Honor Flight board member Hope Patterson says 68 veterans will be heading to Washington, D.C.

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Two unions at SIU-Carbondale say they are owed contractually required pay raises.

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The issue of school safety remains a hot topic as another academic year winds down.

Wednesday, Baysinger Architects in Marion hosted a School Building Safety Lunch and Learn for area school and law enforcement officials.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections transferred the first 20 offenders to the new Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro on Monday. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports.

The new Life Skills Re-entry Center in Murphysboro is now open.

At last month's graduation ceremony for the first class of cadets to provide security at the facility, Governor Bruce Rauner said the goal is to stop the revolving door to prison.

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A longtime southern Illinois judge has passed away.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois says Judge Kenneth Meyers died on Saturday.

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The future site of a replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in southeast Missouri hosted a special event recently for Vietnam veterans and their families. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports.

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If the proposal for a resort at Walker's Bluff in southern Illinois is to move forward this legislative session, it will require a new strategy.

Both the gaming sub-committee meeting and House session opened and closed Friday without passing HB 5146 in order to meet the legislature's deadline for substantive bills.

The Jackson County Health Department and county sheriff's office are holding a medication disposal event Saturday.

They say the initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Illinois' bicentennial year in 2018 features plenty of celebrations.

In this bicentennial edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recounts how Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams dominated the early part of the 20th century and how a Chicago man helped save the game in the 19th century.

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