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In 2011, Aaron Murray bought his first gun at a sporting goods store — a .40 caliber Beretta pistol. He and his wife were fixing up a foreclosed home in a tough neighborhood in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and he wanted to protect himself.

Two years later, a bullet from his own gun during a home invasion would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

The Du Quoin State Fair kicks off Friday in southern Illinois.

Spokesperson Morgan Booth says this year's fair features free entertainment, harness racing, livestock shows, food, carnival rides and a great grandstand concert lineup.

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The City of Carbondale estimates approximately 50,000 people came to Carbondale to see the total solar eclipse on Monday.

Mark the Eclipse With A Commemorative Stamp

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There are many different keepsakes available to commemorate the total solar eclipse throughout the southern Illinois region and the nation as a whole. 
 
Mark Saunders with the U.S. Postal Service says they have special stamps and post marks for the eclipse.

A.D. Carson says he was asked by counter-protestors to speak out in response to the white-supremacist, "alt-right" and neo-Nazi organizers who had descended on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Carson, who gained international attention for earning a Doctorate with a thesis in the form of a hip hop album, has been settling into his new home there. 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Physicians will have to meet with women seeking abortions three days before the procedure and Missouri’s attorney general will have the ability to enforce abortion laws under the bill headed to Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday.

A website that popped up this month asks a question as its URL: arethereanywomenrunningforilgovernor.com. It then very simply answers it with a bright red "NO." A group of professional women in the state are behind the effort to draw attention to the issue.

A resolution to make immigrants in Southern Illinois feel welcomed in the community was approved on Tuesday, by the legislative committee of the Jackson County Board.

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When you think of a water park, you likely picture children splashing and having a good time. That’s true for Carbondale’s Super Splash Park, but there’s more to it than that.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comment from Louis Gerteis  — The Confederate Memorial will be removed from St. Louis' Forest Park this week, likely by Wednesday.

The Missouri Civil War Museum and the city of St. Louis settled a lawsuit last week over who owns the memorial, though the action wasn’t announced until Monday morning. The museum will cover the cost of removing and storing the statue, as well as finding an appropriate place to display it — but it can’t be in St. Louis or St. Louis County.

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Sunday is Father's Day.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says baseball is a great way to connect fathers and sons, whether it's on the diamond or in literature.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Herrin native Brad Calcaterra, founder and creative director of The Studio in New York City. Calcaterra will moderate a discussion after the screening of "Real Boy" at the Carbondale Public Library.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with filmmaker Sandra Pfeifer about her new documentary, "Not Throwing In The Towel." The film follows a lesbian couple in western Kentucky, as they navigate daily life and the struggles of the LGBT community.


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The City of Carbondale has hired a new promoter and will have a music festival the weekend before the total solar eclipse.

City Manager Gary Williams says after the deal with the original promoter fell through last month, officials had to move to plan B.

Eight performances and two free concerts are planned for the 2017 Du Quoin State Fair.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Park District Director Kathy Renfro and SIU Nutrition Grad Student/Fitness Instructor Tori Gusewelle about the upcoming "Fresh Fitness" program.

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Nominations are being sought for those who donate their time and energy to improve the lives of others.

Fifty of Illinois' "unsung heroes" are being recognized for their work helping nonprofits, arts and culture, and small businesses in their communities with a special emphasis on those who can think outside the box and find creative ways to make Illinois a better place.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Diana Brawley Sussman and Sumera Makhdoom about the upcoming 11 Days for Compassion in Carbondale.

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

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Aur Beck, who is heading up "Heartland People Care," a group aimed at leveraging local funds for non-profit organizations.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Vickie Devenport about the 2017 Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.

Once again politicians have led the annual assault on the English language. The 2016 election is responsible for many of the words and phrases included on the 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

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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.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a local photographer is using her own experiences to get more people involved in the fight against abuse.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Melissa Jackson, a co-coordinator of "A Walk for Freedom," which aims to raise awareness of human trafficking in southern Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Women's Club member Fran Becque about the opportunities available through the group.

Campsite reservations are now open for those hoping to camp out and watch the solar eclipse in southern Illinois next summer.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Tim Schweizer says you should probably reserve your spot now if you want to get a good seat to view the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

A unique fundraiser is coming up this weekend in Carbondale.

It will be a dance party, featuring the social dance styles of the Middle East.

In just under a year, much of our region will be the focus of a rare solar eclipse.

A lot of planning is going into preparing for an influx of thousands of people from around the world.

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

The West Frankfort School District is hosting a special program to remember that tragic day.

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