Perry County Health Dept.

Perry County in southeast Missouri is strongly discouraging social gatherings of any kind after it jumped into the top 10 counties in the State of Missouri for the highest number positive cases of COVID-19 per capita.

As the calendar turned to July, Illinois' total COVID-19 cases grew to 144,013, and its death toll rose to 6,951.

The new totals included 828 new cases Wednesday, and 30 new deaths from the virus.

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A local music shop says two guitars were stolen yesterday - and they're looking for help recovering them.

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After the arrest of a protester who was misgendered by Carbondale Police, local advocates are hoping to help police change how they interact with the LGBTQ community

Rainbow Café Board Chair Tara Bell said the incident came to her attention after witnesses released videos of the arrest. She didn’t like the police actions she saw in the videos or the way the police department released information to the public. Police say the name they released was the only one provided during the arrest.

WSIU News Morning Update (7/1/2020)

Jul 1, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner present this morning's news for July 1st.

The Shawnee College Criminal Justice Program is hosting a virtual forum to discuss policing in the 21st Century.

Advocates Speak Out Against Arrest Of Trans Protester

Jun 30, 2020

Local LGBTQ+ advocates have issued a statement condemning the Carbondale Police Department for how they handled the arrest of a protester on June 28th.

Witnesses said the protester was slammed against a car and others who tried to intervene were pepper-sprayed. A police press release referred to the individual with male pronouns and gave a name they do not currently use. According to friends, she goes by Cat.

Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan allows public pools to open, but some say they’re staying closed.

Summer is here and the temperature is rising, but because of COVID-19, many public pools are still closed.

The last day of June saw 724 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, and an additional 23 deaths..

The state's overall COVID-19 total is now 143,185, and its death toll 6,923.

WSIU News Morning Update (6/30/2020)

Jun 30, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for June 30th.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on SIU's Conversation of Understanding, the first in a series of town hall-style events to address racism and other issues across the system. 

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The Senate Health Committee discusses plans for reopening schools and offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Video Shows Carbondale Police Using Pepper Spray on Demonstrators

Jun 29, 2020
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Editor's note: This story has been clarified to address the identity of the person arrested.

The Carbondale Police Department has issued a statement regarding Sunday's incident near Italian Village where officers appeared to struggle with a person they were trying to arrest.

Video from a witness shows fellow protesters asking why the person was in custody, and questioned tactics the police used. Officers in a witness video then appeared to push them back and pepper-sprayed them.

Voluntary workouts began Monday morning for 50 Saluki football and basketball student-athletes.

The SIU-C Athletics Department reports the workouts were given the green light after there were no positive COVID tests among those who entered through the Gate 1 return plan.

Williamson County Starts LEAD S.I. Class

Jun 29, 2020

The Williamson County Chambers of Commerce and John A. Logan College want to train the next generation of leaders.

The inaugural LEAD SI Class is ready to start in August.

Local Hospitals Loosen Visitor Restrictions

Jun 29, 2020
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As Illinois continues to Phase 4 of re-opening, local hospitals are loosening visitor restrictions.

SIH will now allow one visitor for non-COVID-19 patients, as well as one support person for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 patients in end-of-life situations.

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Host Bruce Rushton of the Illinois Times talks with Sarah Mansur of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois - Springfield.

In this episode, Illinois prepares to move to Phase 4 of the governor's Reopen Illinois plan, plus all the week's news from the state capitol.

Illinois reported 738 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with 14 additional deaths.

Monday's report bring's the state's overal COVID-19 total to 142,461, and its death toll to 6,902.

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Southern Illinois University will host the first in what leaders hope is a series of conversations Monday night, aimed at addressing racism within the system.

WSIU News Morning Update (6/29/2020)

Jun 29, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for June 29th.

Illinois has 646 new confirmed cases and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 141,723 confirmed cases and 6,888 deaths in the state.

The State of Illinois reported an additional 786 additional cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. This bring the state's overall total to 141,077.

Illinois also reported 26 deaths to bring that total to 6,873.

30,237 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. Illinois has now performed 1,521,189 tests since the pandemic started.

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Schools are poring over the 63 pages of guidelines the Illinois State Board of Education released on how to safely return to in person classes in several months.  Shane Gordon, Superintendent of  Bluford School District says the state will buy the masks, but, just one per child.

Local Restaurant Owners Move Into Phase 4

Jun 26, 2020

Now that Phase 4 of the governor's COVID-19 recovery plan is here, restaurants can open to inside dining, but at 50 percent capacity.  David Hays owns Mary's Restaurant in Herrin and  says, because of mandatory safety measures, his diners will notice a difference.

On the first day of Phase 4 for Illinois' reopening plan, the state confirmed another 857 new cases of COVID-19, and 39 additional deaths.

Saharan Dust Cloud To Impact Southern Illinois

Jun 26, 2020
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A Saharan dust cloud could impact Southern Illinois this weekend. Winds have carried the dust from the west coast of Africa across the Atlantic and into the United States. This is a regular phenomenon that happens yearly, but the dust cloud this year is larger than average.

Chris Noles, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Paducah, said the impact should be relatively minor, thanks to thunderstorms in the forecast.

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The White House coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Pence, is holding a briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Watch the remarks live.

WSIU News Morning Update (6/26/2020)

Jun 26, 2020

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for June 26th.

Baseball is back with a late July start date in the works.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the 2020 baseball season, you may have forgotten about the dark cloud hanging over the game with the cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros’ 2017 championship season.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how cheating and stealing are part of the game, except when they cross the line.

The entire State of Illinois is set to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday.