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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A dog connected to an officer-involved shooting in Burlington will be returned to its owner. This comes after the city's Animal Hearing Board voted unanimously that Sammy, a 7-year-old German Shepard/Collie mix was not vicious.

Elected leaders of two southeast Iowa counties will see a little more money in their paychecks come July 1.

The proposed FY2016 budgets for Lee and Des Moines Counties contain funding for smaller-than-expected wage hikes.

A second threatening incident in as many weeks prompted Southeastern Community College to increase security on its West Burlington campus. SCC Spokesman Jeff Ebbing said the college received an anonymous tip Monday afternoon about two students with "guns in their backpacks" on campus.

The West Burlington Police Department responded.

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The Greater Burlington Partnership (GBP) announced Monday morning that Silgan Containers has reached a deal to build its new manufacturing plant in the city, creating more than 100 jobs.  The California-based company is the largest provider of metal food packaging in the United States with facilities across the country, including one in Fort Madison.

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Keokuk Area Hospital is confident that it's filled a key need within the community: off-hour, non-emergency health care.

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The West Burlington School Board had a busy meeting Monday night, taking a closer look at the start of school and the district's financial future.

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An online threat prompted Southeastern Community College to tell faculty, staff, and students to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

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The Burlington Police Department has released the identity of a man who was fatally shot Monday afternoon.

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Lee County Treasurer Chris Spann now has a whole new outlook on the dreaded "Friday the 13th."

The Keokuk School District does not believe Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is committing enough money to educate local children.

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