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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 two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew and several god-children. 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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The Keokuk City Council has approved the employment contract between the city and its new city administrator, Cole O'Donnell. O'Donnell's first day on the job is expected to be Monday, July 9.

The family of Autumn Steele this week announced that it had settled a wrongful death lawsuit it filed in November 2016 against the city of Burlington and Burlington police officer Jesse Hill for $2 million. The city, in response, said it would not comment on the settlement until the court approves it.

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Keokuk has reached an agreement with Cole O'Donnell to serve as its next city administrator, pending a final vote by the City Council. O'Donnell said he's excited for the opportunity to serve the city and its residents.

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The vote totals for the June 5 primary in Lee County are now official. The list of candidates receiving votes includes Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack and Republican Governor Kim Reynolds as well as Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and someone named Jim.

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Keokuk has reached an agreement with Cole O’Donnell to be the next city administrator. O’Donnell would replace Aaron Burnett, who is leaving June 22 to take the same job with Mason City, Iowa.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner used a trip to Quincy Tuesday afternoon to thank the Illinois General Assembly for passing a balanced budget that includes $53 million for the Illinois Veterans Home.

The polls have closed for the 2018 Primary Election in Iowa. The winners will move on to the 2018 General Election in November.

Keokuk has publicly announced the five finalists in its search for a new city administrator. They will travel to the city this weekend for their official interviews.

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A pair of Keokuk-based radio stations that were on the verge of signing off will remain on-air following a change in ownership.

Fort Madison Community Hospital and Blessing Health System (Quincy, Ill.) announced late Friday afternoon that they are closing the Keokuk Medical Center. The facility along Main Street in downtown Keokuk was open for about 2 ½ years.

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A man was able to walk away, Wednesday morning, from a grain bin accident in rural Des Moines County.

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Lisa Schaefer (D-Burlington) is running for Des Moines County Attorney. She said one of her top priorities, if elected, is to improve transparency and accountability.

It appears students involved in the "senior prank" at Fort Madison High School one week ago will be able to participate in graduation after all. That's according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.

Keokuk has narrowed the field in its search for a new city administrator. The 5 finalists are expected to be in the city June 8-9 for their official interviews.

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The Rand Park Pavilion Commission in Keokuk is gearing up for a busy few months of live music and other events in one of the city’s largest parks.  Chairman Jeff Fuller said the commission has organized seven free concerts this summer and fall. The first, scheduled for Saturday, May 26 from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m., features Leaving Abbey.

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The President of the Fort Madison School Board is weighing in on the "senior prank" at the high school over the weekend. He said he expected better from the students involved.

The Fort Madison Police Department is providing details of what's being described as a "senior prank" at Fort Madison High School. The incident could result in criminal charges and the possiblity that about 20 FMHS students will not be allowed to participate in graduation.

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The Burlington Police Department will move into its new home this week. The roughly two block move is expected to take about three days to complete.

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that it arrested Corey Johnson, 34, of Hamilton on Friday, May 17 for Possession of Child Pornography with intent to disseminate.

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Tim Goodwin (R-Burlington) is running to represent District 87 in the Iowa House of Representatives. He said he entered the race to provide a conservative voice for southeast Iowa in Des Moines.

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Christopher Peters (R-Coralville) is running to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in Congress. He said he’s running to try to end the political divide he says has plagued Washington D.C. for decades.

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Ginny Caligiuri (R-Osceola) is running to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in Congress. She said she entered the race to bring biblical foundations back to the United States.

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Jeff Kurtz (D-Fort Madison) is running for the District 83 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. He said he brings to the race a willingness to serve plus experience working on legislative issues.

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Bob Morawitz (D-Fort Madison) is running for the District 83 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. He said if elected he would carefully consider every issue that comes before him and do what is best for all of his constituents.

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A judge sentenced Ben Trane to the maximum penalty possible for the crimes he was convicted of committing while in charge of Midwest Academy, a now-shuttered Lee County-based boarding school for troubled teens.

Some Lee County employees will be working under new contracts during the fiscal year that begins July 1. But not everyone is on board with the final agreements.

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The Fort Madison City Council this week signed an amended agreement related to the planned relocation of Amtrak to the historic depot in Riverview Park. There is still some work to do, though, before passenger rail service is offered downtown.

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The federal government will help Keokuk in its attempt to find a new use for a shuttered manufacturing plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city a $200,000 Brownfield Assessment Grant.

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The city of Keokuk will work with a search firm to identify candidates to replace Aaron Burnett, who is stepping down as City Administrator on June 22. He is leaving Keokuk after 2 ½ years on the job to take the same position in Mason City, Iowa.

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Siemens announced Monday that it will close its manufacturing plant in Burlington, Iowa. The closure will take place in phases over the next year and will leave approximately 125 people out of work.

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