Data Show Opioid Prescriptions Declining In IL

Sep 11, 2018
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There is some good news in the fight against opioid abuse in Illinois. Doctors prescribed fewer opioids to patients in 2017 than 2016, according to numbers from the statewide prescription monitoring program. The database can’t track illegal narcotic use, but the drop in prescriptions is still widely seen as a good sign as the majority of heroin users say their first experience with opioids came from a prescription drug.

The Alexander County man killed in a car crash early Sunday morning has been identified.

State Police say 38-year old Jason Klein from Olive Branch was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck south on Route 3 when he lost control.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has declared a “harvest emergency” across Illinois.

That means farmers can exceed vehicle weight limits when trucking their crops to market.

Illinois has moved to the top of its class in a national college transfer report.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the state is number one for bachelor's degree completion among community college students.


New eligibility guidelines for free and reduced school lunches are being released and low-income families are encourage to apply to the program.

Income limits are set each year and Roxanne Ramage with the Illinois State Board of Education says the breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks help make sure students don't go hungry.

Centralia Bank Robbed

Sep 10, 2018

Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Centralia.

WJBD Radio reports there were no injuries when two men held up the People's National Bank facility around 9 a.m. Monday.

Daniel Bush of PBS Newshour examines what was known, and what was new information, during last week's U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

LST 325 Docks At Chester For The Weekend.

Sep 7, 2018
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

The transport ship, the USS LST 325 is docked at the Chester Riverfront through Sunday September 9th, 2018.

The ship saw action during the Normandy invasion during World War II.

WSIU News: PM Update (9/7/2018).

Sep 7, 2018

Carbondale Police Investigating Kroger Theft.

Sep 7, 2018
Carbondale Police Department

Carbondale police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects in connection with a retail theft  which happened earlier this summer.  Police say shortly before 1PM on August 6th two suspects stole a money bag containing cash from the  Kroger store on Giant City Road in Carbondale.  Anyone with any information on these suspects is encouraged to call 457–3200.  Surveillance photos of the suspects can be seen on our website.


Former President Barack Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Obama spoke Friday as he accepted an ethics in government award at the University of Illinois.


For the first time in more than 50 years, voters in the City of Marion will receive a municipal election ballot next spring without the name Bob Butler on it.

Butler, who served as mayor for nearly 55 years, stepped down earlier this year for health reasons.

Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

Sep 6, 2018
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Confirmation hearings are underway for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch them live.

After years of declining enrollment, the latest numbers from Eastern Illinois University show that trend is reversing.

Predictions of a notable shift in enrollment in the Southern Illinois University system have come true this fall.

Insurance giant State Farm has reached a $250 million preliminary settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of a candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.

Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration

The Cape Girardeau City Council approved a resolution to accept a bronze sculpture of a black, Civil War-era Union soldier to be placed in a city park.

Fall enrollment at SIU-Carbondale is down nearly 12-percent, but school officials say they are seeing some positive signs for the future.

Ten-day numbers released Tuesday show enrollment stands at 12,817 students.

Saline Co. Sheriff's Dept.

A prosecutor says a southern Illinois physician charged with killing his estranged wife and destroying her body will have his trial delayed because of questions over his fitness to stand trial.

More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium.

Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. The News-Gazette reports 22,611 students registered before a ticket lottery portal closed last Friday for the some 1,300 available seats.

University of Illinois

A monthly index shows the Illinois economy expanding at its highest level in more than two years.

The August Flash Index topped 105, on a scale where anything above 100 reflects economic growth.

Pete Peterson

Anyone can get caught up in the excitement of a Major League Baseball game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how his wife, Anita, let loose at a recent trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Olmsted Dam Project
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There are around 200 locks in the rivers across the nation.

Most of them are decades old and needing replaced.

Two of them were officially replaced after taking 30 years to complete.

National Audubon Society

With Labor Day weekend here, many people will be celebrating the last weekend of summer with get-togethers and cookouts.

Late last week, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would’ve given Illinois school teachers a base salary of 40-thousand-dollars by the year 20-22.

But, State Senator Andy Manar, who sponsored the legislation, says he’s hoping to save it.


The exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is now in place in Perryville, Missouri.

Workers installed the final panel of the granite wall on Tuesday at Missouri's National Veterans Memorial.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history is set to open later this year.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois is scheduled for Thursday.

Carbondale Police Investigate Weekend Shooting

Aug 27, 2018

Early Saturday morning Carbondale Police say a man arrived at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

Authorities say the victim is a 27-year-old man from Chicago.


In many school districts, students who are unable to pay for lunch can be shamed - or denied lunch.

Senator Steve Stadelman of Rockford says some kids that can't afford a lunch have been made to feel bad by schools requiring them to wear a wristband or handstamp.