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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Most communities reported light ice buildups on elevated surfaces such as trees, power lines and vehicles.

Power outages were reported across several communities in southern Illinois, especially in Jackson County, where at one point Friday afternoon, around 1,500 Ameren customers were without power.

Heartland Regional Medical Center

Heartland Regional Medical Center has selected a Marion native to become the facility's new leader.

Melisa Adkins will become the chief executive officer on February 13th.

The largest Illinois state employees union is preparing for a potential strike.

AFSCME executive director Roberta Lynch sent an email to union members telling them a strike authorization vote will take place in each local union sometime between January 30th and February 19th.


Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away in November at the age of 90.

Like many of his countrymen and women, Castro loved baseball and by some accounts almost became a professional ballplayer in the U.S.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how some of Castro's baseball exploits are the subject of great debate.

School, Government and Business Closings and Delays for Friday, January 13, 2017 (Updated 10:00am):

**NOTE: The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale is OPEN today from Noon-5:00pm**


Jefferson County Courthouse - CLOSED

Winter Farmers Market (Carbondale) - CLOSED Saturday, January 14


Benton District 47 - CLOSED

Benton High School - CLOSED

Carbondale Elementary School District 95 - CLOSED


A member of the SIU Board of Trustees is stepping down.

Roger Herrin tendered his resignation Thursday. It's effective immediately.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Multiple vehicles on the SIU-Carbondale campus were vandalized Thursday by a man acting in a crazed manner.

Eyewitnesses with SIU-C's Office of Information Technology said the unidentified man entered the parking lot across from the Northwest Annex A building around 1:30 p.m.

National Weather Service

Meteorologist Chris Knowles with the National Weather Service in Paducah says this is not a major ice event for most of the region.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the system will not be designated as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Dunn said campus chancellors and other officials concluded that the concept of a sanctuary campus is not clearly defined in a legal sense and violating the law would put SIU and all of its students at risk, including the potential loss of federal financial aid. But, Dunn said the system would to everything it can - within the scope of the law - to support its students.

Two people have been arrested after a traffic stop that resulted in a high speed chase.

The Energy Police Department says law enforcement arrested the driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Genie Marion of Murphysboro, and her passenger, 30-year-old Michael Chappell of Murphysboro.

A snow covered portion of Interstate 57 in Williamson County resulted in multiple crashes.

The first measurable snow of the winter season across much of the region brought out salt and cinder trucks.

Measurable Snow Expected for Much of Area

Jan 4, 2017
National Weather Service

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Thursday evening for the region along and north of Route 13.

The National Weather Service says snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected, with the heaviest amounts expected generally north of Interstate 64.

With winter weather in the area, Illinois State Police warn drivers about an expansion of Scott's Law.

Also known as the Move Over Law, it requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with caution when approaching emergency vehicles.

Duckworth's Press Office

Vice President Joe Biden has sworn in Tammy Duckworth as Illinois' new U.S. senator at a ceremony in Washington.

Marion Police officers are searching for two suspects wanted in an armed robbery at a local business.

Officers responded to Marion Gas on West Main Street after 10 o'clock Monday night.

USA Today

A Minneapolis TV station says former Saluki football assistant coach Tracy Claeys has been fired as head coach at the University of Minnesota.


The outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations chose the SIU-Carbondale campus to make his final public address.

In front of a crowd of around 1,400 people in the SIU Student Center ballrooms Wednesday, Ban Ki-Moon talked about what he has learned in his 10 years as the leader of the U.N. and what he'd like to pass on.

For the second time in less than a month, a Carbondale bank has been vandalized.

Carbondale Police say officers discovered graffiti on Regions Bank at 500 West Main at around 5:20 Tuesday morning.

Pioneer Press

Media reports say former SIU, Northern Illinois and Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is about to get back into coaching.

The SIU-Carbondale Faculty Association and the school's administration have reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The new contract will run through June 30th, 2018.


The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, will visit Southern Illinois University next week.

Carbondale Police

23-year-old Thomas Morrison was located in Missouri. He reported he left Carbondale on his own accord.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A Murphysboro man has been convicted of Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, and Domestic Battery following a two-day jury trial in Jackson County.

Mayor addresses crowd a City Hall
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Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry stressed transparency and greater access for the community during his State of the City address.

The tenure track faculty union at SIU-Edwardsville has been certified to become the bargaining unit for some 400 faculty members on the campus.


Tis the season for gift-giving and celebrating with family and friends.

In this holiday edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson has some ideas on what gifts NOT to give.

Jackson County State's Attorney

A man convicted of killing a southeast Missouri woman and leaving her body along a southern Illinois road has been sentenced.

The Jackson County State's Attorney's office says 31-year-old Brandon Banks of Cape Girardeau received a 103-year prison term.

Williamson Co. Sheriff

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says a teen reported missing earlier this week has been found in Carbondale.

The former treasurer of a union for correctional workers in southern Illinois has been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars in union dues.

The U.S. attorney for Southern Illinois says 44-year-old Jeffrey Magelitz was sentenced to two years' probation, six months of home detention and 100 hours of community service.