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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Centralia leaders are still working to understand just what's on the table after a pair of announcements this week regarding hundreds of potential job cuts there.

Village leaders in Tamms are preparing to fight to keep their most stable employer open.

Harriman for Congress

The race for the democratic nomination in the 12th congressional district is down to two candidates.

WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer reports the latest local and state headlines and weather.

State of Illinois

Southern Illinois State Representative Mike Bost says he's waiting to see what route Governor Pat Quinn takes with his plan to cut the state budget.

The SIU-Carbondale student representative on the SIU Board of Trustees has resigned.

Board chairman Roger Herrin says Michelle Hook Dewey has stepped down from her membership on the Board.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Herrin wished Hook Dewey future success as a graduate of the SIU School of Law and thanked her for her service to the Board of Trustees.
 

A handful of state lawmakers are joining thousands of state workers who have been fighting for pay raises the governor canceled last summer.

State Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mount Vernon) is one of nearly three-dozen lawmakers lobbying the Governor to make good on the contract. The Mt. Vernon Republican says the thousands of state workers who were denied pay raises should never have been put in this position.
 
Sen. Jones admits there's not much sympathy for state workers when everyone is suffering, but a contract is legally binding.

Illinois State Police say a driver hit a teenager walking home from a Massac County High School basketball game.

Troopers say a pick-up truck traveling southbound on Old Marion Road struck the 15 year old Metropolis boy, who was walking home from the basketball game with his friend Thursday evening.

The victim was taken to Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah Kentucky with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the pick-up truck, 24-year-old Christopher Freeman of Grantsburg, did not report injuries

February is Black History Month and in his latest edition of Reading Baseball Pete Peterson examines how  the fight to end discrimination in Major League Baseball began long before Jackie Robinson broke the game's color barrier.

WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer reports the latest local and state news headlines and weather.

WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer has the latest local and state headlines and weather.

Flu.Gov

If it seems like everyone around you is sick, you may be right. The Centers for Disease Control says flu season has picked up steam in the last three weeks.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Chris Harrison says it's definitely getting worse, so if you haven't been sick yet, you might consider getting yourself and your children vaccinated.  Harrison says for children, we know that the nasal drop vaccine is maybe ten to fifteen percent more effective than the shot, which also might make the kids happy, too, if they don't have to take a shot.

Republican Congressman John Shimkus will make stops in four locations Monday to endorse Jason Plummer in the 12th congressional district primary election next month.

Monday morning, Plummer (pictured) will be with Shimkus for stops in Alton and Belleville. Then that afternoon, the duo will stop at the Muni West Building in Mt. Vernon at 1 p.m. and finally the Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion at 2:45 p.m.

Plummer used his family's lumber fortune in an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010.

Illinois State Police want to remind motorists to have a heart this Valentine's Day, and always, by avoiding the Fatal Four violations.

Troopers say these four violations - speeding, driving under the influence, not wearing a seatbelt, and distracted driving - are contributing causes to the majority of fatal crashes.

State Police say they are also diligently patrolling in an effort to eliminate the activity of texting while driving.  Texting while driving became illegal in the state on January 1st.

The state is working to stop unemployment fraud. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Greg Rivara says they are now better able to identify those who are working but still claiming jobless benefits.

Those caught are asked to pay back the money and if they don't he says their wages can be garnished.
Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through business contributions. State officials say preventing fraud and recovering improper payments protects taxpayer dollars and reduces the cost of doing business, which creates a climate more conducive to hiring.

A Union County man has been sentenced to prison after stealing liquor from an Anna retailer last May.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says 24-year-old Joey Ratajczak of Anna has been sentenced to 30 months in prison on one felony count of Retail Theft. The charge was elevated to a felony based on a prior conviction.

SIU

College and university presidents support Governor Pat Quinn's plan to offer more grants to low-income students.
Quinn on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting at the executive mansion with university and community college presidents including SIU President Glenn Poshard.

The governor is trying to shore up support for his State of the State pledge to increase funding for the Monetary Assistance Program, which awards grants to students whose parents earn on average no more than $35,000 a year.

 WSIU Radio's Brad Palmer reports the latest local and state news and weather.

Plans are being considered for a scaled-back version of a new Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

Administrator Tom Hudgins says he will meet Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee with architects and contractors about how to revise the hospital's current plans in hopes of reducing the cost from 34-million dollars to around 20-million.  Hudgins says he expects to get the architects new drawings sometime next week. He says the hospital's board of directors will then reconvene later this month to go over the cost differentials.

A Marion man has been arrested for allegedly leaving a suspicious package at the entrance to the new Williamson County Jail and Sheriff's Office.

Carbondale Police are searching for two missing teenagers.

Officers say 16-year-old Paige Allen, and 15-year-old Donna Garcia, were last seen on Sunday at 9:05 p.m. at a residence in the 1000 block of East Park Street.   They left the residence on foot.

Allen is described as a white female, 5'05" tall, weighing 115 pounds, with dyed black hair and blue eyes.  Allen has several tattoos and piercings, and was last seen wearing a green long sleeve shirt and gray sweatpants.

How to deal with the growing cost of Medicaid was a major topic when Governor Pat Quinn's budget director visited southern Illinois.

Representatives from two major social services organizations in southern Illinois came together Friday to announce their plan to merge.

The Boards of Directors of the H Group and Southern Illinois Regional Social Services have agreed to unite their organizations. H Group CEO John Markley says the merger will not only mean both agencies can continue to provide the services their clients are accustomed to, but also allow them to expand services throughout the region.

The Southern Illinoisan

Richard "Pete" Peterson yearns for the warm, summer days as he looks back at the baseball greats who passed away in 2011 for this edition of Reading Baseball.

Governor Pat Quinn will give his State of the State address Wednesday and says the focus of his speech will be job creation.

The state of the state address usually sets the stage for which big legislative issues needed to be tackled each year. Governor Quinn says a big part of his message will be about putting people to work.

SIUC is trying to make amends for deleting some comments from its Facebook page in the hours after the Faculty Association strike.

School of Journalism director Bill Freivogel wrote a piece about the controversy in the Gateway Journalism Review. In it, he and other media legal experts talked about whether the university violated the First Amendment.

Three of the four scholars Freivogel interviewed said they thought the SIUC Facebook page is a public forum where the university cannot discriminate against a certain viewpoint.

Friday marks day two of the Faculty Association strike at SIU-C... and indications are it will extend into next week.

University spokesman Rod Sievers says no new talks are scheduled this weekend between the union and the administration bargaining teams.

Speech Communication associate professor Jonathan Gray is one of those on the picket line. He says the strikers understand the longer they're out, the more damage is done to the University. But he says they're prepared to stick it out as long as necessary.

Despite the Faculty Association strike, officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale say daily operations are being disrupted as little as possible.

SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng 107 faculty art taking part in the strike. She says that's out of an instructional fore of 1,994 tenured/tenure track, non tenure track, and teaching assistants.

Classes met Thursday at Southern Illinois University Carbondale despite a strike by the Faculty Association.

In some cases students are showing up to classrooms without professors. In those instances, roll is taken by a university employee and the class is then dismissed.
Speech Communication graduate assistant Julie Kasenza is teaching her classes, but also supporting the strike.

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