SIU System president Randy Dunn
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Southern Illinois University System president Randy Dunn has now completed his first year in that role. As part of the “St. Louis on the Air” series on regional colleges and universities, host Don Marsh talked with Dunn on Monday about his first year as president and the challenges faced by institutions of higher learning.

SIU's President is retiring sooner than expected. Glenn Poshard will step aside at the end of this month.

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Reporting from Jennifer Fuller, WSIU.

Incoming students at SIU Edwardsville will pay more next year. The SIU Board of Trustees approved a 5 percent tuition increase for next year's new students, which is a  2 percent decrease over what administrators had proposed.

SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe says they'll have to make due with what the Board has decided, but this choice will send her back to the drawing board.

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Reporting from WSIU's Jennifer Fuller.

Southern Illinois University's embattled Board of Trustees tried to meet again Wednesday, but the meeting ended abruptly when two members walked out - before a chairperson could be elected.

SIU Edwardsville student trustee David Hamilton made a motion to postpone the officer and committee chair nominations until a full board is seated.

"I cannot justify electing a Chairman when I'm the only representative from one of our major campuses," Hamilton said.

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Judge tosses lawsuit against Joyce Meyers Ministries

A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller contributed reporting to this story.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and police at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are investigating after someone mailed a threat to the university last night.

The threat prompted an safety alert to students, faculty and staff, but SIU-C spokesman Rod Sievers called that a precaution.

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A former Southern Illinois University student has been sentenced to five years in prison for writing what prosecutors say was a note demanding money and threatening a Virginia Tech-like killing spree.

Twenty-six-year-old Olutosin Oduwole was sentenced Wednesday in Madison County.

A jury convicted him in October of attempting to make a terrorist threat and unauthorized possession or storage of a weapon.

The judge sided with jurors in dismissing Oduwole's claim that he was an aspiring rapper, and that the threatening words were innocent lyrical musings.

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Pujols Family Foundation to remain in St. Louis

The iconic Cardinals slugger is signing with the Angels and taking his talents to Los Angeles, raising some concerns about what will happen with the Pujols Family Foundation that benefits people with Down syndrome. But executive director Todd Perry told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch  that the foundation will remain active in St. Louis, though it could expand to include programs in the Los Angeles area. He isn't yet sure if the headquarters will remain in St. Louis.


Occupy STL members say movement still strong

The tents are gone from Kiener Plaza, along with the big crowds. But people involved in the Occupy St. Louis movement say they're still going strong.

Today marks the two-month anniversary of the movement that began in New York and spread to several other cities. At one point in St. Louis, more than 100 people were camped in Kiener Plaza, a downtown park.

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Officials at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the SIUC Faculty Association have signed off on a tentative contract agreement.

Faculty Association spokesman Dave Johnson confirms the two sides signed the tentative deal Monday after the union ended its week-long strike on Nov. 9.

Johnson tells WSIU Radio that the next step is for the union's Departmental Representative Council to discuss the tentative agreement on Thursday.

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SIUC tenure and tenure-track faculty go on strike

Three of the four Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) unions in a contract dispute with the administration have reached a tentative agreement, avoiding a strike among non-tenure track faculty, civil service staff and graduate assistants. But one group walked off the job this morning.

Talks toward a new contract broke down last night.

SIUC faculty set strike date

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Reporting by WSIU's Jennifer Fuller was used in this report.

The union representing tenured and tenure-track employees at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has set a strike date.

The SIUC Faculty Association says its members will walk off the job on Nov. 3 if they cannot reach an agreement with the university on a new contract. The last contract expired in June 2010.

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Updated with quotes from SIUC and union officials. Reporting from Jennifer Fuller at WSIU was used in this report.

One union at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has approved a strike authorization, and three more are slated to vote on similar questions.

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Faculty at Southern Illinois University's flagship campus in Carbondale will be voting later this month on whether to go on strike as part of a lingering contract dispute.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the group representing tenured and tenure-track faculty at the 20,000-student school voted unanimously Thursday to seek a strike-authorization vote. That means the entire membership will vote Sept. 28 on whether a walkout is in order.

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Developer announces Del Taco building might not be demolished after all

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, at a public meeting last night, developer Rick Yackey said that he’s in  final negotiations with two tenants to occupy the shuttered former Del Taco building.