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A Bad Deal

Jennifer Fuller talks with WSIU Producer Mark St. George, who directed "A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story."

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File provided by Sloan Marion

While the government remained closed today, Commuincation Design Senior Sloan Marion ended his first week back at Southern Illinios University Carbondale unable to officially enroll due to the shutdown.

Marion says his predicament began when the university requested a tax transcript to verify his finacial aid.

"In order to get a tax transcript, you have to get those through the IRS. Now with the government shutdown, you can't get anything from the IRS," Marion says.

That's because the IRS is closed, as well as many other federal agencies during the shutdown.


Well-known southern Illinois broadcaster Erv Coppi passed away Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

The 92-year-old Royalton native hosted a popular weekend movie series on WSIU television where he shared his knowledge and love for classic films.

Dr. Jerold Gruebel
Kaleigh Moore / Network Knowledge

For Immediate Release
Friday, October 26, 2018

WSIU and Network Knowledge Announce New Public Media Partnership as Dr. Jerold Gruebel Set to Retire

Stations To Unite to Expand Public Media Across Western, Central, and Southern Illinois

A power problem at WSIU's Carbondale transmitter site has temporarily taken the station off the air. We are working on the issue, and hope to be back on line soon.

Williamson County Traffic Safety Days
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The 10th annual Williamson County traffic safety days  event is taking place this week.

For 10 years thousands of driver Ed students have come to the Williamson County Pavilion for the Williamson Traffic Safety Days Event.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about the 2018 State of the State Address.

Williamson County Family Crisis Center
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Williamson County Family Crisis Center in Herrin has been helping families get back on their feet for over 30 years. On Monday, the Poshard Foundation brought them a gift.

Indivisible Carbondale
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

A group known as "Indivisible Carbondale" held a protest and what they're calling an early retirement party for Congressman Mike Bost Monday.

Apple Festival Celebrates Special Friend Day

Sep 15, 2017
Murphysboro Apple Festival
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The 66th annual Apple Festival wraps up Saturday evening.

On Thursday the festival opened up for the special needs population of Jackson County.

Colp Playground
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Village of Colp is getting ready to open its first public playground to the community. 

Colp is more than a century old and is getting something new - something most communities take for granted.

A playground.

WSIU's live stream is experiencing technical trouble, and is not working at this time (Tuesday, May 23). We are working on the problem, and hope to have service restored as soon as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

House Economic Opportunity Committee
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The Illinois House Economic Opportunity Committee hosted a hearing discussing the impact universities have on the communities they surround on Thursday.

The event took place in Carbondale, where Southern Illinois University continues to struggle during the state budget impasse.

Peach Bud
Flamm Orchards / WSIU

When temperatures dipped into the teens in mid March, area growers grew concerned.

“Well we’ve got some damage in the peaches, but at this point we still have peaches."

The Big Event
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

On April first this year some Carbondale nonprofit organizations will be swarming with students, staff and faculty volunteers doing a day of community service.

It’s called The Big Event, a Saluki day of service.

Little Egypt Arts Association Holiday Sales Show

Dec 14, 2016
Little Egypt Arts Association
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The holiday season is here, and if you're still having trouble finding that perfect gift, the Little Egypt Art Association may have something for you.

Good morning.  Today is Friday August 5th, 2016 and here is the latest local news from WSIU radio.

Rendleman Orchards
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

While most people are taking time off in the summer to relax and take vacations, local orchard farmers are keeping very busy.

Rendleman Orchard in Union County is in the middle of harvesting vegetables and peaches during their 143rd season.

Reaction From Students Observing the SIU May 2 Protest

May 2, 2016

As the massive crowd paraded across the SIU Carbondale campus, some did not join but observed from a distance.

A crowd of hundreds of people marched across campus, into administration buildings, and everywhere in between.

Community Health Needs Highlighted At Local Event

Apr 28, 2016
Southern Illinois HealthCare
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

SIH was joined by multiple health organizations Thursday to reveal the findings in their Community Health Needs Assessment.

The goal of the assessment is to determine the most significant health issues in the area and how to improve them.

Preparing For The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Apr 27, 2016
Students building cardboard boats
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

An annual tradition returns to Carbondale for the 43rd year.

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta takes place on April 30th.

30th Annual Arts Education Festival

Apr 14, 2016
30th Annual Arts Education Festival
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

The SIU Carbondale Campus had an extra 1500 visitors Wednesday and Thursday for the 30th Annual Arts Education Festival.

Students from all over southern Illinois had the opportunity to experience art in many forms.

SIU School of Medicine Holds Annual Doll Clinic

Mar 3, 2016
Doll Clinic
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Some SIU School of Medicine students had a chance to give check ups to some unusual patients on Thursday.

They were dolls and stuffed animals.

It’s part of the annual doll clinic held in conjunction with SIU head start.

Coin Collecting Becoming a Popular Investment

Feb 3, 2016
Mike Sprouse, River City Coins and Jewelry
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Coins have been around for centuries, and so have people that collect them.

Some coins from the past are worth a penny while those other rare ones can be worth a lot more.

Some can be taken at face value, while others can be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale Community Arts opens its new headquarters this weekend in Carbondale. The building, at 304 West Walnut, used to house Carbondale's public library. Now, it's an open space with plenty of natural light, and for leaders in the organization now - the opportunities are nearly endless.

Carbondale Salon Using New Trends in Recycling

Sep 15, 2015

You hear about businesses going green to improve the environment.

One place you haven’t heard a lot about going green is the hair salon.

There's a salon in Carbondale that is part of a new program to change that.

St. Nicholas Brewing Company Wins State Award

Aug 6, 2015
St. Nicholas Brewing Co.
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

St Nicholas Brewing Co. in DuQuoin is about to celebrate their 1st anniversary at the end of August, but they also have something else to celebrate.

They were one of 5 businesses in the state to win an "Edie" award form the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

James and the Giant Peach
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Time is running out to catch the McLeod Summer Playhouse’s performance of James and the Giant Peach.

With only 2 shows left tickets are going fast.