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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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner brought his campaign tour to southern Illinois Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of supporters and workers at Aisin Manufacturing in Marion, the governor says Illinois government is broken and his turnaround agenda items are needed to fix it.

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Craighead County, AR Sheriffs Office

The man accused of shooting a Williamson County teenager last month in northeast Carbondale is now in custody.

Carbondale Police say 22-year-old Jarrell Pullen of Carbondale was arrested Tuesday in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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Nearly 200 families in Cairo are going to have to move after learning the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to close two public housing complexes.

HUD officials broke the news to the community Monday night.

Carbondale Police have released more information about a shooting last week.

Investigators say the victim and the suspect, who are acquaintances, were inside a hotel room at America's Best Value Inn late on the night of April 4th.

A film shot mostly in southern Illinois is about to debut.

Dig Two Graves will make its regional premiere this weekend.

Jon Musgrave helped with location scouting and promotion. He says filming occurred all over the region.

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Dept. of Defense

The Trump Administration launched missiles at an airbase in Syria, the area believed to have released a chemical attack earlier this week.
 
John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said what Trump did was *not* legal - because he acted without the approval of Congress.

April 4, 2017 Election Results

Apr 4, 2017

Voters went to the polls on April 4 to select their choices to lead local government bodies, including school boards, city councils, and more. Results are unofficial, and will be finalized later this month:

The Illinois Supreme Court will NOT take up the case of union negotiations in state government — at least not yet.

The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's gone as far as it can go in negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME.

After a national search that identified 31 potential candidates, Southern Illinois University Carbondale has named four finalists for the chancellor's position.

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Associated Press

For the first time since 1909, the Chicago Cubs enter a Major League Baseball season as the defending champions.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says history shows Cubs fans shouldn't get too excited about a repeat.

The Cubs open defense of their World Series title Sunday, April 2 in St. Louis.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.

 

The union that represents full-time tenured faculty at John A. Logan College is publicly backing three candidates in the upcoming Board of Trustees election.

The Logan Illinois Education Association is supporting Becky Borgsmiller, Mandy Little and Glenn Poshard.

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Cairo Police

A seven count superseding indictment has been returned against three people connected with a 2014 bank robbery in Cairo.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

Students at Murphysboro High School were sent home early Thursday after the school received a bomb threat.

According to the district's Facebook page, school officials were alerted to the threat at around 1 p.m. and students were dismissed soon after that.

A Randolph County man is dead and three other southern Illinois residents were hurt in a three-vehicle accident in Perry County.

The Perry County Sheriff's office says the accident occurred around 6:30 Thursday morning on State Route 154.

A group of concerned citizens wants the City of Carbondale to protect immigrants in the community.

Group spokesperson Natalie Long says members proposed an ordinance during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

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Tornado victims in Perry County Missouri are getting some help from an unexpected source.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis television station (KSDK) conducted a phone-a-thon with representatives of the United Way of Southeast Missouri. The event raised 18-thousand dollars to help in the recovery effort.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for a suspect wanted for the burglary of a local business.

Illinois Senate Democrats are asking state agency heads to answer for Governor Bruce Rauner's decision to pull votes off the "grand bargain."

The governor's own budget proposal depends on the grand bargain - otherwise it's short by $4.6 billion dollars.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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A former SIU Track and Field standout who jumped onto the world stage at last summer's Olympic Games is getting financial help in her training for upcoming competitions.

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Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

Governor Bruce Rauner toured some of the storm-ravaged areas in southern Illinois Thursday.

During his stop in Elkville in Jackson County, the governor said the state will provide all the assistance it can to help tornado victims deal with the disaster.

Clinicians are needed for a new intervention program targeting delinquent youth in southern Illinois.

The Functional Family Therapy team is being developed within the First Judicial Circuit.

Only days removed from attending a training course, members of a southern Illinois coalition put some of their knowledge to work to assist storm victims.
 
Representatives of the Shawnee Preparedness and Response Coalition - or SPARC - took part in the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course last week at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.

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Assessment teams with the National Weather Service in Paducah were out in full force across the region Wednesday to examine the damage from Tuesday night's tornado outbreak.

Speaking at a news conference in Perryville, Missouri Wednesday, warning coordination meteorologist Rich Shanklin said the twister in Perry County, Missouri was substantial, possibly measuring as an EF-2 or EF-3 twister.

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police are searching for the suspect wanted for the armed robbery of the Kroger Fuel Station on Giant City Road.

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau announced a new partnership Thursday to improve cardiothoracic care.

Southeast Health will collaborate with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis.

A crash involving three motorcycles shut down a portion of Interstate 64 in southern Illinois Friday for over four hours.

A Carbondale house has been destroyed by fire.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department says deputies, the county ambulance service and MPS Fire responded to the fire on Garden Lane in rural Carbondale just before Midnight on Thursday.

Social service agencies have been among the hardest hit by the ongoing Illinois budget impasse.

There is some optimism in Springfield that a budget compromise may be on the horizon to end the nearly 20-month stalemate.

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