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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City of Fort Madison

There is a new man in charge of the Fort Madison Police Department as Captain Bruce Gustafson has been promoted to interim Police Chief. City Manager David Varley made the announcement in a brief email Tuesday afternoon.

Daily Gate City

Aaron Burnett has not had a lot of time to sit back and relax since arriving in Keokuk as the community's second-ever City Administrator. He says his top priorities have been to get a good understanding of City Hall and the city as a whole, and to meet as many people as possible.

Keokuk Area Hospital requested and received roughly $100,000 from Lee County in both 2013 and 2014. The third time might not be the charm, though, as the hospital's request for another $100,000 appears to be going nowhere.

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Despite a light rain, steady wind and overcast skies, about 100 people came to Keokuk's Veterans Memorial Wednesday to honor the men and women who have served this country. It's a ceremony that, year after year, focuses less on pomp and circumstance and more on reflection and gratitude.

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The soldiers who fought for the U.S. during World War II are considered "the Greatest Generation." Their numbers are shrinking, though, which prompted the MVM News Network to come up with a new way to honor them and so many others who have served their country.

The results are in from Tuesday's city elections in southeast Iowa. Incumbents won each contest in Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington, while Burlington residents supported a bond issue to borrow $4 million to purchase and renovate a former bank into a police station.

John Larson

Chuck Brockett was glued to his television screen Sunday night, watching the Kansas City Royals face the New York Mets in the World Series. While he was cheering for the Royals and wanted to see them win, he also considered going to sleep when the Mets took a 2-0 lead in the 6th inning.

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Duane Fitch has been trying to have a sit-down meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors for months, but it does not appear that will happen anytime soon. That's because Board Chairman Ron Fedler is not extending him an invitation.

On Election Day, residents in two Lee County communities will not be able to choose a candidate's name off the ballot. But, that won't stop residents from penciling someone in. 

The race to be Keokuk's next mayor is between two men, incumbent Tom Marion and challenger Chuck Betts. If that sounds familiar to residents, it should because the two men squared off six years ago.

The merger of two banks and two insurance companies in southeast Iowa could be completed by late 2016. Matt Morris, President/CEO of Fort Madison Bank & Trust, said the move will be good for the region.

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Dr. Jim Green knew early on that he wanted a career in science because that was one of the subjects he was good at in school. He said he also enjoyed it, adding he was able to narrow his focus down a bit thanks to an astronomy class he took as a junior at Burlington High School.

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Confidence is not something Donald Trump lacks as he campaigns across the country for the GOP nomination for President. He stopped in Burlington Wednesday night, walking to the stage in Memorial Auditorium as the song "You're the Best Around" blared over the loudspeakers.

Iowa State Penitentiary

A document released by the Iowa State Penitentiary reveals the amount of planning and preparation behind an inmate's escape over the summer. It also says prison policies and procedures were not followed, helping lead to the escape.

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Presidential candidates are starting to make their way to Lee County, Ia., with both U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), seeking the Democratic nomination, and former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) visiting Fort Madison in the last week.

Based on their stops in the state, the two candidates are taking dramatically different approaches to winning the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1st.