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  1. Judge rules Chicago man can stand trial for SIU threatsRead the original story

    Friday Apr 24 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A federal judge has ruled that a Chicago man is fit to stand trial on accusations he mailed violent threats to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus. U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle agreed with a psychiatrist's decision regarding Derrick Dawon Burns during a Thursday status conference.


  2. Rauner SIU commencement speech draws some criticismRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 15 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's planned commencement speech at Southern Illinois University is drawing protests from some who cite the first-term Republican's call to cut state funding to universities by 31.5 percent. The Southern Illinoisan reports an online petition has been set up asking the university to replace Rauner as a speaker at the May 16 commencement.


  3. Historic designation sought for Murphysboro courthouseRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 1 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Continued repairs to an aging southern Illinois courthouse have some elected leaders hoping for a federal historic designation that could make it easier to pay for the building's preservation. The Daily Illinoisan reports that Jackson County's governing board has enlisted two consultants to nominate the county courthouse in Murphysboro to the National Register of Historic Places.


  4. Former pastor sentenced to 6 years in prisonRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2010 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Southern Illinois authorities say a former pastor at The View Church in Carbondale has been sentenced to six years in prison. Officials say Josh Swain, 34, received the sentence on Monday after pleading guilty earlier this year to theft, loan fraud, and aggravated identity theft.


  5. Ex-Carbondale pastor gets 6 years in prison on theft chargesRead the original story

    Tuesday Mar 31 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The former pastor of a Carbondale church who used his position to swindle money has been sentenced to six years in prison. The Southern Illinoisan reports 34-year-old Josh Swain pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking money from The View Church, stealing a parishioner's identity and committing loan fraud.


  6. Families seek answers after deaths of 2 Southern Illinois University students in CarbondaleRead the original story

    Mar 14, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The investigation into 21-year-old Molly Young's March 2012 death remains open after a special state prosecutor couldn't determine whether she died by accident, suicide or homicide at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend, who was a Carbondale police dispatcher. Nineteen-year-old Pravin Varughese died last February after an altercation with a driver with whom he had hitched a ride from a late-night party.


  7. More Read the original story

    Mar 9, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Southern Illinois University leaders hope the cuts coming in next year's state budget won't be as deep as Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed but say sports will be among the programs affected. SIU President Randy Dunn told The Southern Illinoisan that none of SIU's campuses will be able to just raise tuition to make up for those losses.


  8. Murphysboro honors German sculptor as lifetime citizenRead the original story

    Feb 25, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A German sculptor who lived in southern Illinois as part of a cultural exchange program will return home as an honorary lifetime resident of Murphysboro. The Southern Illinoisan reports Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens bestowed the honor on 29-year-old Sven Bauer.


  9. Warhol's love of parties on display in SIU exhibitRead the original story

    Feb 13, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Andy Warhol's love of documenting celebrity, parties and popular culture is on display at Southern Illinois University's museum. It features 10 large Warhol screen prints donated to the museum last year by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


  10. Services for teacher killed in murder-suicide are SaturdayRead the original story

    Feb 7, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Services are scheduled for a Jonesboro schoolteacher who authorities say was fatally shot by her husband in a murder-suicide. Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Saturday will host an 11 a.m. service for 43-year-old Amy Blaise.


  11. SIU student newspaper bids farewell to old printing pressRead the original story

    Jan 30, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The printing press that for nearly a half century has churned out the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is no more. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the press was retired early Thursday after printing its final copies of the 99-year-old Daily Egyptian.


  12. East St. Louis boys basketball coach on paid leaveRead the original story

    Jan 29, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    East St. Louis High School's basketball coach has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district undertakes an unspecified investigation of him. The school district's spokeswoman, Kim Roberson, tells the Belleville News-Democrat that longtime former college assistant coach Hank Harris has been named an interim replacement for Tony Young until the investigation is completed.


  13. Panel formed to search for new SIU-Carbondale chancellorRead the original story

    Jan 28, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A search committee has been set up to help Southern Illinois University in Carbondale find its next chancellor by the time the fall semester starts. Dunn has appointed a search committee co-chaired by Carl Flowers, the director of the university's Rehabilitation Institute, and Meera Komarraju, chairwoman of and professor in the psychology department.


  14. Saline, Union counties upgrade 911 emergency systemsRead the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Saline and Union counties in southern Illinois have begun using upgraded 911 systems as part of a regional effort to improve emergency response. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the two counties went live with their so-called next-generation 911 systems last week.


  15. Trial delayed for man accused in SIU-Carbondale threat caseRead the original story

    Jan 19, 2015 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A federal trial has been delayed for a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of beheadings, bombings and other violence to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus. Twenty-one-year-old Derrick Dawon Burns' trial in Benton was to have started Feb. 2. But the proceedings have been postponed until April 6 so he can undergo court-ordered testing in Missouri to assess his mental fitness.


  16. New judge named to southern Illinois appeals courtRead the original story

    Dec 31, 2014 | WAND-TV Decatur

    As the newest member of the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court, First Judicial Circuit Judge James Moore will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Stephen Spomer. Moore was appointed to the bench in 2007, succeeding Bruce Stewart after Stewart was elected to the Mount Vernon appellate court.


  17. Truancy up in southern Illinois schoolsRead the original story

    Dec 28, 2014 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Truancy reports have significantly escalated in two southern Illinois counties - in part because there are more people handling school-skippers. Donna Boros is regional school superintendent for Jackson and Perry counties.


  18. Former Gov. Jim Edgar to receive honorary degreeRead the original story

    Dec 27, 2014 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar will be among several people recognized with honorary degrees from Southern Illinois University at its spring graduation ceremonies. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Edgar will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Arts degree.


  19. Trial set for Chicago man accused of SIU threatsRead the original story

    Dec 9, 2014 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A federal trial is scheduled for early next year for a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of beheadings, bombings and other violence to Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus.


  20. SIU president to be campus' interim chancellor tooRead the original story

    Nov 19, 2014 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn says he also will serve as the Carbondale campus' interim chancellor after the unexpected death of interim chancellor Paul Sarvela. Sarvela died Nov. 9 while battling cancer.


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