Students at Marion High School were sent home early after a threatening call from another state.

The school district says at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a caller from New York threatened to blow up Marion High School if the girl's track coach is not fired.

Two Carbondale residents are charged with aggravated battery for an incident involving the head football coach at Carbondale High School.

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President Biden is addressing a joint session of Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Watch his remarks live.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CT

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The City of Carbondale has a permanent Police Chief.  Former interim Police Chief Stan Reno has officially been named to the post.  Reno says he wants to work with the public to keep and improve the City's quality of life.

WSIU News Morning Update (4/28/2021)

Apr 28, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for April 28th.


The effort to build an inland port at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo with Illinois union workers moved forward on Tuesday.

Southern Illinois Connector Highway Project

A proposed four-lane rural expressway connecting southern Illinois to the St. Louis Metropolitan Area is getting support from Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Southern Seven Head Start has temporarily closed its Jonesboro Head Start Early Learning Center following one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the building on Tuesday.

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The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children distributed grants to dozens of social service agencies Tuesday.

The Poshard Foundation awarded grants to 30 agencies in the region totaling more than $100,000.

WSIU News Morning Update (4/27/2021)

Apr 27, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for April 27th.

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SIU-C Chancellor Austin Lane laid out his vision and goals in his state of the university address Monday.

The theme of Lane’s address was “imagine.” He discussed his vision for the school and reflected on the impact of the past year. And he pointed to good news about enrollment.

“Enrollment for first-time college students was up by 31% enrollment of new students. That was big for us. In the Southern Illinois region we’re up 32%. Our retention rates from freshman to sophomore year increased to 80%, the highest in 20 years,” Lane said.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new state program Monday that aims to increase vaccine access in low-income, vulnerable communities and to connect residents across the state to COVID-19 assistance programs for transportation, food, utilities or other resources.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program serves areas of the state outside of Chicago and Cook County, and is funded by $60 million in grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health to regional organizations.

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The SIU football team will see a familiar foe in this weekend's quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs.

The Salukis take on Missouri Valley Conference co-champion South Dakota State.

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Dozens of people gathered at Marion High School Monday to protest an incident where a coach is accused of using a racial slur toward a student athlete.

A Marion High School Track Coach is accused of using a racial slur towards an African American student athlete.

As of Monday, April 12, anyone 16 and older is eligible for a COVID Vaccine in Illinois.

State and county health departments are partnering with health providers and pharmacies to help administer COVID-19 vaccine. Here is our list for the week of April 26:

Appointments also available through Illinois' COVID Vaccine Registration Page

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Three Carbondale Police Officers were honored on Monday for quick thinking that probably saved  the life of a gunshot victim. On April 11,  Sergeant Tim Lomax and two fellow officers responded to reports of a large party on Cherry street, just before 3:00AM and discovered a gunshot victim.  Since there were no available ambulances at the time, the officers used a civilian's truck and kept the victim alive while  they drove  to the hospital.  Lomax says it's an example of why he became a police officer.

Illinois General Assembly Passes Hundreds of Bills as Session End Approaches

Apr 26, 2021
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The state Senate and House passed more than 750 bills last week, addressing isolated timeouts in schools, youth vaping, teaching Muslim history, the commemoration of Juneteenth and automatic voter registration in prisons, among other topics.

Friday was the deadline for the General Assembly to pass bills out of each chamber, for consideration in the other chamber. The General Assembly’s session is scheduled to end May 31.

WSIU News Morning Update (4/26/2021)

Apr 26, 2021

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

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SIU President Dan Mahony talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about his nomination for the inaugural SIU Vice President for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion... along with expectations for the coming summer and fall semesters amid COVID-19.

Lawmakers, Pritzker Administration Spar Over Projected Fiscal Year Revenues

Apr 26, 2021

Members of an Illinois Senate committee sparred with officials from Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration Friday in a hearing on tax changes proposed by the governor in an effort to balance the state’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year.

The Senate Revenue and Appropriations committees held the joint hearing, questioning the directors of the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget among others.

House Passes Bill Reducing Barriers to Telehealth

Apr 23, 2021

The Illinois House passed a bill Friday which would make COVID-19-related expansions to telehealth services permanent through state statute.

House Bill 3498, introduced by Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, aims to reduce barriers in access to virtual and telehealth services and would bring standards for virtual care in line with physical health services.

Springfield Republican Calls out Democrats for Placing Bill 'On Review'

Apr 23, 2021
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Republican Rep. Tim Butler on Thursday accused the new Democratic leadership in the state House of Representatives of preserving practices from previous leadership which Republicans say unfairly benefits the majority party.

“So, what the speaker said back in January about this place being different and running in a different manner is a bunch of BS right now,” Butler said in a Thursday night floor speech during which he threw a paper calendar and pounded his desk out of anger.

WSIU News Morning Update (4/23/2021)

Apr 23, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for April 23rd.

WSIU News Morning Update (4/22/2021)

Apr 23, 2021

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for April 22nd.

Illinois House OKs Bill to License Professional Midwives

Apr 23, 2021

The certified professional midwife profession in Illinois moved one step closer to becoming an officially licensed occupation on Thursday with the passage of House Bill 3401.

HB 3401 creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which would license individuals who perform out-of-hospital births and have earned the credentials associated with being a professional midwife.


If moments are fleeting, memories are permanent.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson put his memory to the test trying to remember details from the first Major League Baseball game he attended in person more than 70 years ago.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, author of Growing Up With Clemente and the editor of The St. Louis Baseball Reader.

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Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort as we continue our discussion with the author of "Snake Road" from SIU Press.    Plus, catch the latest podcast installment from Blanket Fort Radio Theater of their production of "Survived by One."

Blanket Fort Radio Theater is a storytelling initiative from SIU Press in collaboration with the SIU Creative Writing Program and WSIU Radio.

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A local  farmer says the recent low temperatures may not have hurt his crop much.  Wayne Sirles, co-owner of Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass says it will be several days before any damage is visible.  However he adds  even though Wednesday morning's low hit 32, the insulating cloud cover helped.

Lawmakers Question Exelon Audit

Apr 22, 2021

Members of a state Senate committee sharply criticized a recent audit of Exelon’s nuclear power plant operations that suggested ratepayers may need to subsidize two of those plants by as much as $350 million over the next five years.

Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency commissioned the audit last year, at a cost of $208,000, after Exelon announced in August that it plans to shutter its Byron and Dresden power plants later in 2021.

Courtesy of Claire Talbert/Photograph Taken Thursday April 22, 2021 Outside the SIU Student Center.

Several SIU  students held a unique earth day event on Thursday.  All dressed in black and carrying a cardboard coffin,  the students walked through the SIU-C Campus  to call attention to the number of animals on the planet, that have gone extinct.   Ash is a grad student at SIU-C and says more action is needed to stop more species from disappearing.