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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Union County voters overwhelmingly said no to a school consolidation issue in Tuesday's Illinois Primary election.

In the 59th State Senate Race, Democrat Gary Forby has been declared the winner over his primary challenger Fred Kondritz.  Incumbent democrat Gary Forby with 78% of the vote easily defeated his primary challenger Fred Kondritz for the nomination. On the republican side of the ticket Mark Minor and Ken Burzynski ran a close race trading counties all evening long. Burzynski carried Williamson, Union, and Jackson Counties… while Minor held on in Franklin, Saline, and Alexander Counties to defeat Burzynski 55% to 45%. Minor advances to the November election against Gary Forby.

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The Major League Baseball season begins in just a few weeks. In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how he's putting his money where his mouth is again when it comes to his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates.

Authorities are still investigating a mysterious envelope sent to the Carbondale office of State Representative Mike Bost.

A new special Illinois Senate committee is conducting a statewide review of the value of enterprise zones.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is advising university employees of a possible breech of personal information.

Two state lawmakers from southern Illinois have started an online petition in support of three state facilities Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to close.

State Senator Gary Forby from Benton and State Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg announced the ``Save State Jobs Now'' petition in a joint news release. Their website asks people to sign to keep open the Supermax Prison in Tamms, the Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

Federal authorities say an Illinois state legislator has been arrested on bribery charges.
 
A news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says State Representative Derrick Smith (pictured) was arrested Tuesday.

The prosecutor's office accuses the 48-year-old Chicago democrat of accepting a $7,000 cash bribe to write an official letter of support for a daycare center he believed was seeking a state grant. He is charged with one count of accepting a bribe.

The state of Illinois is increasing the cost for military veterans to live in its nursing homes.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has notified residents of the increase. It's the first time the state has raised monthly fees for residents since 1979. Costs will rise starting July 1st, going from about $930 per resident a month to about $1,430.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds (pictured)  is alerting the public regarding identity theft and tax refund fraud associated with April's tax filing deadline.

He says tax refund fraud commonly occurs when stolen identity information is used to file a tax return in the victim's name and the thief then obtains the refund that would be due to the victim.

Tax refund fraud was reported last year in Union County and the State's Attorney's Office urges the public to protect identifying documents and information as the tax deadline approaches.

A former Ohio man who spent three years on the run after escaping from a federal prison camp in southern Illinois has been ordered to spend an additional two years behind bars.

Thirty-eight-year-old Devant Geter pleaded guilty in November to a charge of escape linked to his walking away from the federal prison camp in Marion in September 2008.

At the time of his escape, Geter was serving a 14-year sentence for cocaine possession with plans to deal the drug and being a felon with a firearm.

Illinois is still waiting to hear about a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, according to the American Cancer Society, which is awarding a quarter of a million dollars to combat childhood obesity.

Diana Weyhenmeyer is a registered nurse at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.  She says the grants to 18 organizations statewide will help compile and promote "anti-obesity" programs targeted toward young children.

The State Treasurer's office is already doing what it can to help tornado damage victims by working with area banks in southern Illinois.

While FEMA's decision to not provide financial help to the region caught many off guard, Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he has seen this happen before and when other communities have been denied FEMA assistance in the past. Some reassessed, appealed and were awarded help.
 
Rutherford says he isn't sure if a re-assessment in this case will change minds at FEMA, but he says it's worth trying.

Governor Pat Quinn wants to cut millions from Illinois prison drug treatment programs and job placement services... which a prison watchdog group says is asking for trouble.

The proposed $12 million cut is part of the governor's budget plan that would close eight facilities, including the super-max prison in Tamms and halfway houses. 

If one legislator gets his way, Illinois would be the next state to pass what animal-rights activists have nick-named the "Ag-Gag" bill.

It would limit who is allowed to film or record the treatment of animals at farms and livestock facilities.
 
The videos are striking: Pigs and cows in tiny cramped pens ... chickens with their beaks cut off.

One video shows a calf being born, and then immediately dragged through mud, away from its mother.

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

The search continues for a missing SIU Law School student.

The Women's Center in Carbondale is supporting legislation that would help restore funding to sexual assault prevention agencies.

Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation prohibiting teens from using indoor tanning beds.

Last week's deadly tornado in Harrisburg has many people throughout the region thinking about the importance of having a weather alert radio.

From: Carbondale Police Department

 

IEMA

Field workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency were in Harrisburg Monday to begin documenting damage to homes and businesses from tornadoes that hit the area last Wednesday.

Ameren

A detective with the SIU-C Department of Public Safety is taking Wednesday's deadly tornado in Harrisburg particularly hard.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says storms that devastated parts of southern Illinois have forced them to close part of Giant City State Park.

SIU President Glenn Poshard testified at the House Higher Education Appropriation committee Thursday about the system's needs in the FY'13 budget.

Gallatin County was also hit hard by Wednesday's severe storms.

A southern Illinois bank is collecting donations for storm victims.

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency has completed its initial damage assessment.

Illinois officials say no one is missing in Harrisburg after severe weather rolled through southern Illinois.

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