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The Stone Walls of Southern Illinois, Part 2

Jul 30, 2015
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Mark Motsinger

Last week we heard about the existence of numerous prehistoric stone walls in southern Illinois from Mark Motsinger, a History teacher at Carrier Mills High School.  In this feature, Mark tells us more about these structures, which were built before the more well know Cahokia Mounds.  We will also hear about evidence that suggests that there were humans living in southern Illinois between one-thousand and three-thousand B.C.  In the spring of 2014 Mark received the Olive Foster Outstanding Teacher Award by the Illinois State Historical Society.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) released the state's first ever Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  The document is the state's plan to decrease pollution of local waterways, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico -- pollution caused in large part by fertilizer runoff from farmland.

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Page Publishing

Jerri Locke is an author, and has written a play about single parenthood, which will be presented on August 1st at Carbondale's Varisty Center for The Arts.  In this interview, Jerri describes the inspiration for her work.

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Mark Motsinger is a Social Studies and History Teacher at Carrier Mills High School.  In March of 2014 he was recognized for his enthusiasm in the classroom   by The Illinois State Historical Society with the Olive Foster Outstanding Illinois History Teacher.  In this report, he talks about when he uncovered a portion of a human habitation in southern Illinois which is older than the Cahokia Mounds.

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources

According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, over 1,500 plants and animals in this country are currently under the strict protection of the Endangered Species Act.  The F-W-S is currently assessing the status of five Midwestern amphibians and reptiles to see if populations of these five species of animals have declined to the point where they need to be added to the Endangered Species List.  A couple of these animals can be found in southern Illinois.

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Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Michaelann Stanley usually teaches French at Herrin High School. But after building a relationship with several people in Cuggiono, she added Italian to her repertoire and began working on student-to-student interaction.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown about his role in the upcoming film screening and discussion of "Against All The Odds."

Thousands of people get their mental health and substance abuse counseling through Centerstone in southern Illinois. But because state lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are still at odds over a budget, some of those people may soon be left without the care they need.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Director Kevin Purcell and actor Annie Kefalas about the upcoming production of "Healin' Home" at The Stage Company.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports on the remaining days of the fiscal year, with no budget in place for the new year that starts July 1.

June In the Garden With Nathan Johanning

Jun 25, 2015


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Interfaith Council President and Sparrow Coalition Facilitator Maurine Pyle and SIU Lecturer Josh Phillips about the "Homeless in Carbondale" Community Forum on June 23.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

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Brian Mackey, Illinois Public Radio

The University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs says there is no easy to repair Illinois' chronic annual deficit.

2015 may be a new year, but Illinois leaders will spend it dealing with an old problem: Budget Shortfalls and the possibility of diminished state funding will likely make headlines throughout the year. 

Our week-long series about how agencies that receive state funds are preparing for an uncertain budget scenario continues today with the impact on public safety.

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