Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa Correspondent

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003.  The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main.  Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School.  He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History.  While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie, a middle school teacher, have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have three dogs (Howie, Sunny and Sadie) and they volunteer with the Quincy Humane Society. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.

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Could Reinstate Program
6:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lee County Reconsidering Weed Control

Lee County could reinstate its Roadside Management program to better address noxious weeds.
Credit Flickr / John Tann

Lee County's Roadside Management program could make a comeback.

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Altercation on Video
1:03 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Burlington Police Officer on Paid Leave

The Burlington Police Department placed Officer Dale Wyatt on paid administrative leave on Monday, Nov. 17, following an altercation with a citizen this month.

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Fire Started Monday Night
10:22 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Sheriff's Father Dies in Fire in Carthage

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire at Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage Monday evening.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire, Monday night, at the Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage.

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Better Utilization of Army Bases
3:37 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Commercial Development Possible at IAAAP

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown could eventually be home to businesses and industries.

The Greater Burlington Partnership hopes that when businesses consider expansion or relocation in southeast Iowa, they consider the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown.

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Goal of $500,000
12:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fundraising Underway for Repairing Old Fort Madison

Old Fort Madison is in need of some serious repairs according to the group working to raise money for the project.

Andy Andrews of the North Lee County Historical Society said sections of the Fort Madison replica built more than 30 years ago are showing their age.

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Projected Path Through IL and IA
8:26 am
Fri November 14, 2014

IL Farm Bureau Prepares Farmers for Oil Pipeline

The pipeline is expected to cut through southeast Iowa and west-central Illinois. It could carry more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

The Illinois Farm Bureau wants property owners to be able to protect themselves during the proposed construction of a Midwestern crude oil pipeline.

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Macomb, Keokuk, Galesburg
9:02 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day Across the Tri-States

The WIU ROTC Color Guard during a Veterans Day event in Macomb.
Credit Emily Boyer / Tri States Public Radio

Many people across the country, and right here in the Tri-States region, took time on Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served their country.

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Primary - Dec. 2nd, 2014
3:43 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Nine Candidates for Single Seat on Burlington City Council

A vacancy on the Burlington City Council has generated plenty of interest. 

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Whistleblower Status Questioned
7:56 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Iowa Court of Appeals Reviews Lee County Firing

The Iowa Court of Appeals will weigh in on a "whistleblower" case out of Lee County in December.

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Code Requirements Waived
9:44 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Keokuk Housing Development Clears Hurdle

A development firm out of Cincinnati, Ohio wants to build a $9-million senior housing complex in downtown Keokuk
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

A roughly $9-million senior housing complex proposed for downtown Keokuk has cleared a significant hurdle.

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