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Emphasis

A weekly public affairs program in which Tri States Public Radio interviews newsmakers from around the region.

Jason Parrott’s guests on Emphasis this week are Christine Van Berkum, Rachael Patterson-Rahn, and Melissa Calvillo.  They discuss some of the programs currently offered by the Lee County Health Department.

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This week on emphasis Western Illinois University professors Joel Gruver and Bart Gill discuss how agriculture as a whole has done in reaching out to the public. 

Doctor Gruver specializes in sustainable agriculture while Doctor Gill expertise lies more in conventional ag practices.

Jason Parrott's guest on Emphasis, this week, is Barb Casady, who is the coordinator for the new Volunteer Center of the Big River United Way.

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Jason Parrott’s guests on Emphasis are Brian Riggs with the Fort Madison Area Arts Association, Jerry Johnson with the Art Guild of Burlington and Debra Scoggin-Myers of the Mabee Art Gallery in Canton, Missouri.

They discuss what is on display at their particular galleries and some of the exhibits lined up for later in the year.

This week’s guests on Emphasis are State Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant) and State Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk).

They talk to Public Radio’s Jason Parrott about the Iowa Legislature’s 2013 session.

This week on Emphasis, Jason Parrott’s guests are Lee County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rick Larkin, Des Moines County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Broeker and Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion.

They talk about their goals for 2013.

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This week on Emphasis, Jason Parrott’s guest is Lee County Auditor Anne Pedersen, who is retiring after 30 years in office.

This week’s guest is Jerry Parks, who is the chairman of the Burlington Renewable Energy Committee.  He and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the work of the committee and some long-term projects.

Jason Parrott’s guest for this week’s program was Don Traman of Burlington.  Traman is the new Chairman of the volunteer organization, Friends of the Burlington Depot.

Jason Parrott’s guest on Emphasis is Sue Prochazka, who is the director of the Tri-State Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Abuse.  They talk about how a proposal to regional victim services in Iowa could impact the organization.

Jason Parrott’s guest on Emphasis is Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, who is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.   They talk about the past, present and future of agriculture education.

Public Radio’s Jason Parrott’s guest on Emphasis is Tonya Boltz, who is in charge of patron services for the Keokuk Public Library.

Jason Parrott's guest on Emphasis is Chuck Betts, who is the Executive Director for the Keokuk Economic Development Corporation. 

They discuss a new direction for the organization.

Emphasis - July 13

Jul 13, 2012

Jason Parrott's guest is Mike Norris, who is the Executive Director for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.  They talk about the work of the commission and several ongoing projects.

The SEIRPC serves governmental bodies in Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Louisa Counties.  The voluntary membership organization does contract work, performs property management and oversees state and federal funding for cities, counties and school districts.

Jason Parrott’s guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew.  They talk about Crew’s upcoming retirement and his 25 year career in law enforcement.

Crew describes his time with the Keokuk Police Department as a “great ride” filled with good friends and fond memories.

He says he is grateful that he found a career where it was never a burden to have to go in to work. 

Crew says that will make it more difficult, though, to walk out of his office for that final time.

Jason Parrott’s guests are Russ Brown and Scott Smith, who are members of the Burlington Steamboat Days Committee. 

Brown is currently serving as President while Smith is the Vice President for Marketing.

Burlington Steamboat Days American Music Festival is a week-long event that takes place in the parking lot of Memorial Auditorium, along the Mississippi River.

The main stage will be open Tuesday-Sunday, which such artists as Blake Shelton, Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper.

Major Diana Amick with the Salvation Army of Lee County is this week’s guest on Emphasis.  She and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the organization’s 125th anniversary in Keokuk and the challenges it faces today.

Amick says the organization reached the United States in 1880.  She says by 1887, the Salvation Army was established in 600 cities, including Keokuk.

“I heard Keokuk referred to as the Gateway to the West,” says Amick of her research in preparation for the 125th Anniversary.  “I am sure that is why the Salvation Army came this direction.”

Jason Parrott’s guests are Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger and Wes Pohorsky, who is a longtime member of the Keokuk Tourism Board.

A Keokuk tradition is celebrating a major milestone this month as the 25th annual Civil War Reenactment will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

“It will probably hit after it’s over with,” says Brandenberger about the thought of the 25th anniversary.  “Right now, we are just working real hard towards putting on a great event for the area.”

Jason Parrott’s guest is Russ Derr, who is the principal at Wells Carey and George Washington Elementary Schools.  They talk about the Weekend Backpack Nutrition program in Keokuk.

Students within the Keokuk School District are in the midst of a 3 ½ day weekend due to parent-teacher conferences.

Derr says students in homes where there is not a lot of food have learned to make it through a regular weekend before they can return for breakfast on Monday morning.

He says the extra time off makes it more difficult for students to get by.

Jason Parrott traveled to three regional art galleries for this week’s program to spotlight current exhibits and to preview the year ahead.

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Brian Riggs is the Executive Director for the Fort Madison Area Arts Association.

He says 2012 is starting out as it has for years with the annual Budding Artists Showcase.

The show features more than 100 pieces from elementary and middle school students from Central Lee, Fort Madison, and Holy Trinity.

Macomb, IL – Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb). They preview the Illinois legislature's 2012 session.

Lawmakers do not return to Springfield until January 30, which is later than normal. Hammond believes the legal battle over redistricting is part of the reason for the delay.

Hammond said the legislature must work to stabilize its finances. She points out Moody's lowered the state's credit rating late last week and Standard & Poor's has the state on a watch list.

Emphasis - January 13

Jan 13, 2012

Rich Egger's guest is State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb). They preview the Illinois legislature's 2012 session.

Lawmakers do not return to Springfield until January 30, which is later than normal. Hammond believes the legal battle over redistricting is part of the reason for the delay.

Hammond said the legislature must work to stabilize its finances. She pointed out Moody's lowered the state's credit rating late last week and Standard & Poor's has the state on a watch list.

Des Moines, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is State Senator Tom Courtney (D-Burlington).

They discuss the Iowa Legislature's 2012 session, which begins Monday, January 9 in Des Moines.

Iowa lawmakers spent plenty of time at the statehouse during 2011.

The session lasted 172 days, which made it one of the longest sessions in state history.

Courtney believes 2012 will be a much shorter session, possibly as few as 90 days.

He says lawmakers want to get out and meet with their constituents during a big election year.

Keokuk, IA – Jason Parrott's guest is Scott Gooding, who is the Lee County Coordinator for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant.

Gooding will spend the next three years looking for ways to reduce certain alcohol-related activities in Lee County.

The state of Iowa received roughly $2.3-million from the federal government to develop a strategic plan for addressing substance abuse.

The grant will be shared by the 23 counties identified as being most in need of assistance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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