1:00 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Emphasis - June 24

Macomb, IL – Rich Egger's guest is Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb, who retires June 30 after nine years in office.

Goldfarb came to WIU after a long career at Illinois State University. Goldfarb will move back to Bloomington-Normal in retirement and plans to take the next year off. He hopes to then return to the classroom - perhaps in Macomb.

During Goldfarb's presidency, WIU implemented its First Year Experience program. He said the program is still being assessed.

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11:46 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Emphasis - June 17

Macomb, IL – Rich Egger's guests are State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) and State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville). They talk about this year's legislative session.

Topics include the budget and the dispute over funding for state construction projects.

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1:45 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Emphasis - June 10

Jefferson City, MO – Jason Parrott's guest is Republican State Senator Brian Munzlinger of Lewis County. They talk about the recently-completed spring session of the Missouri Legislature.

Munzlinger says northeast Missouri fared "pretty good" in Jefferson City this year.

He says 2011 was a typical year as some issues were settled while others were left for next time.

Munzlinger says the highlight for him was the fact that lawmakers reversed aspects of Proposition B.

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9:07 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Emphasis - June 3

Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is former Keokuk Fire Chief Mark Wessel, who is stepping down after 35 years with the department.

Wessel says he did not start out wanting to be a firefighter.

He got his start in the grocery business.

Wessel says he got out of that line of work after being involved in an armed robbery.

He says he decided to take the test to become a firefighter and never looked back.

Wessel says firefighting is so much different than what Hollywood makes people believe.

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9:41 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Emphasis - May 27

Fort Madison, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Dr. Eugene Watkins, who is the site manager for Old Fort Madison.

The tourist attraction takes visitors back in time to see how military life was during the early 1800's.

The Mississippi River overtook the wooden replica of the fort that stands in Fort Madison's Riverview Park during the Flood of 2008.

Watkins says the recovery from the flood is basically complete.

He says the damaged elements of the fort have been replaced, including the picket wall and multiple floors.

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