The Illinois Department of agriculture will be offering free recycling for agrichemical containers.

The agency's Richard Severns says farmers and agrichemical facilities are urged to save their empty containers for the upcoming recycling days.

A Moultrie County man died overnight after being hit by a tractor trailer as he walked along Interstate 64 in White County.

Illinois State University

The Board of Trustees of Illinois State University has chosen Terri Goss Kinzy to be the school’s 20th president, effective July 1.

The announcement was made Friday.

Carbondale Police

The Carbondale Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing teenager.

15-year-old Esperanza Slattery of Carbondale was last seen on Thursday in Nashville, Illinois.  


A southern Illinois congressman spoke on the House floor Wednesday night about the struggles of small businesses unable to hire enough workers because the federal government is often paying them more in unemployment benefits.

Brehm Preparatory School

A boarding program for post-secondary students with learning disabilities, attention disorders and language based disorders is getting a new home.

City of Carbondale

The new roundabout intersection at Chautauqua and McLafferty Roads in Carbondale opened on Thursday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is alerting those traveling on Route 14 near the Franklin - Hamilton County line of a road closure this weekend.

City of Cape Girardeau

The City of Cape Girardeau's Historic Preservation Commission is out with its 2021 endangered building list

The list is highlighted by the Esquire Theater on Broadway, which closed in 1984, and on the same block, the Broadway Theatre, which was damaged by a fire in March.

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This week on Inside The Blanket Fort we continue our discussion with Author and SIU professor Josh Vossler on his book "Snake Road."   This week we talk with some folks we met while walking along a section of Snake Road in LaRue-Pine Hills.

Also, catch the latest podcast of "Survived by One" from Blanket Fort Radio Theater, a storytelling project from SIU Press in collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU Radio.

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Every county in the state is in the process of redistricting, but in Jackson County some people are not happy with the proposed map.

Jackson County Chair Keith Larkin presented his redistricting map to the Jackson County Board Executive Committee during their May meeting committee for consideration and discussion.

WSIU News Morning Update (5/13/2021)

May 13, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for May 13th.

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SIU Press

This week on Blanket Fort Radio Theater's podcast of "Survived by One," Tom Odle recalls the murders of his parents and siblings.   "Survived by One: The Life and Mind of a Family Mass Murderer" is written by Robert Hanlon and Thomas Odle and published by SIU Press.

Blanket Fort Radio Theater is a story telling initative by SIU Press in collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU Radio.

WSIU News Morning Update (5/12/2021)

May 13, 2021
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Thanks to a federal grant,  school districts can help  improve safety. U.S.  Representative Mike Bost's office says out of one hundred sixty school districts nationwide  to receive grants last year, nine of those grants went to Illinois school districts.  This year the deadline to apply for grants up to $500,000, is June 22nd. The grant program was created as a part of the Securing Our Schools Act, which was signed into law in March of 2018.  The Republican from Murphysboro says every school district should take a hard look at how to strengthen safety measures.  To learn more about how to a

Boo Castle Park

Vandalism recently at a privately owned park in Carbondale did a thousand dollars worth of damage.

On Wednesday, the Boo Castle Park's Facebook page posted information about the damage to the property off Giant City Road.

Nurses Share Lessons from Pandemic on International Nurses Day

May 12, 2021
Missouri News Connection

This International Nurses Day, nurses in Missouri are raising concerns about the long-term mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as urging the health-care industry to prepare for future health crises.

Centerstone Events Feature Former NFL Player

May 12, 2021

Centerstone is holding a series of events featuring former NFL player Gaelin Elmore starting Tuesday, May 11th.

The webinars are free and will cover topics including overcoming adversity and diversity and inclusion. Centerstone Trauma Training and Care Coordinator Megan Ragan said she wants the events to help people feel sense of hope.

“You know it's been a really challenging year. And a lot of people, their hope tanks are at an all time low, for lack of a better word. So I am hoping that people are able to take hope and being able to overcome,” Ragan said.

Courtesy of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, as the weather improves and more people are going outside to spend time in nature, we hear about some changes going on at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

With summer driving season around the corner, the American Red Cross is issuing a fresh appeal for donors.  Regional Communications Manager Joe Zydlo says the loosening of Pandemic restrictions raise concerns. He worries people will want to make up for all the activities they missed and forget to give blood.

A call is going out to local artists and photographers to help inspire hope and healing in the new expansion of the SIH Cancer Institute in Carterville.

Carbondale Police

Two Jackson County residents have been arrested for burglary.

Carbondale Police say 30-year-old Joseph Joiner of Murphysboro and 47-year-old Jeannean Fournier-Wenz of Carbondale are accused of burglarizing a business in the 900 block of East Main Street on Monday.

There were some minor injuries when a pickup truck rear-ended a Shawnee District 84 school bus Tuesday morning.


SIU-Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook announced Tuesday he will retire from his leadership position by June 2022.

The Metro East native returned to the campus where he had earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees to become the ninth chancellor in SIU-E’s history on August 1, 2016. 

City of Carbondale

Three members of the Carbondale City Council took the Oath of Office on Tuesday.

WSIU News Morning Update (5/11/2021)

May 11, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for Tuesday, May 11th.

SIU Salukis

Three members of the SIU football team earned All-America honors after their performances this spring.

A former administrator for the Illinois Secretary of State has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud.    

58-year-old Candace Wanzo of Centralia worked for the Department of Vehicle Services and was responsible for operation of the Public Service Center in Springfield.  

A Franklin County woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Saline County.

Illinois State Police say 67-year-old Shelia Davis of Benton sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Three people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon in Williamson County.

The three people injured all came from the same vehicle. They are listed as 33-year-old Mallory Wright of Creal Springs as well an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old. They all suffered non-life threatening injuries.