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10:49 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Emphasis - December 16

Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Dr. Lora Wolff, who is the superintendent of the Keokuk School District.

They talk about a variety of educational topics, including Governor Terry Branstad's plan to reform Iowa's K-12 system.

The Governor's plan looks at leadership, high expectations, and innovations.

Wolff says, at its core, the plan is very good because the Governor's goal is to improve student achievement and to have the best teachers in the classroom.

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11:22 am
Fri December 9, 2011

Emphasis - December 9

MACOMB, IL – Jim Lenz's guest is the associate director of student athlete support services from the Ohio State University Vicki Melnick.

They talk about reforms made after the Maurice Clarett scandal at the university in 2003. That year the New York Times reported Clarett was allowed to take easier oral exams rather than written exams in one of his classes. Melnick says an investigation cleared the university but led to changes.

She says the reforms have been effective.

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9:23 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Emphasis - December 2

Macomb, IL – Rich Egger's guests are Sharon Evans, Mick Cumbie, Scott Coker, and Michael Hott of Western Illinois University. They provide an update on plans to build a Performing Arts Center on the Macomb campus.

Evans is Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication, Cumbie is the Director of Development for COFAC, Coker is Interim Director of the Physical Plant, and Hott is the Architectural Superintendent.

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9:25 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Emphasis - November 25

Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Al Zastrow.

They talk about the financial difficulties facing the hospital.

Keokuk Area Hospital is one of seven hospitals in Iowa to be considered a "tweener" facility.

Zastrow says that means the hospital does not receive full reimbursements for the services it provides.

He says a key factor in that is that 75% of the hospital's clients participate in Medicare or Medicaid or are considered indigent.

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11:26 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Emphasis - November 18

Fort Madison, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Robin Delaney of Fort Madison.

She is the President of the new non-profit organization, Lights, Camera, Action, which is working to bring family-friendly movies to the city.

Fort Madison has been without a commercial movie theater for years.

Delaney says movies are a great way for families to spend time together, but she says the cost is keeping people away from theaters.

She says LCA will offer free movies with $1 concessions.

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