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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There were not enough aldermen at the Keokuk City Council's Jan. 7 meeting to vote on a request from Keokuk Area Hospital for roughly $111,000, so the hospital had to wait until Jan. 12. The wait was worth it, though, as aldermen unanimously approved the request.

Three people are dead and another person sustained serious injuries in a trailer fire north of Montrose Monday afternoon. 

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said during a campaign stop in Keokuk Monday morning that he plans to "work his butt off' over the next three weeks to win the Iowa Caucus. He said winning in the Hawkeye State is not about spending dollars on advertising and holding occasional big rallies, it's about meeting face-to-face with real people and talking to them about the challenges they face everyday.

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The Keokuk City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 7 started as usual with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a roll call of city council members. But when only Mike O'Connor (1st), Dan Winn (At Large), Larry Mortimer (4th Ward) and Sandy Pollitt (5th Ward) said present, Mayor Tom Marion was forced to call off the meeting due to the lack of a quorum.

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Hamilton Police Chief Robb Bell said Thursday night that the early morning shooting in Keokuk and armed robbery in Hamilton are connected. He declined to say what prompted authorities to reach that conclusion, but he did say he's confident the armed robbery was an isolated incident.

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Presidential candidates continue to criss-cross the Hawkeye State ahead of the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1. Those making the rounds include U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who held a town hall meeting Monday afternoon at the Burlington Public Library after cancelling a similar event the week before due to weather.

A Keokuk chiropractor is challenging an order from the Iowa Board of Chiropractic that prohibits him from seeing female clients. Andrew Kearse said the order could force him to close his business because 75% of my clients are female.

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People were already standing in line when the doors to Keokuk Middle School opened at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. They were there an hour early to get a good seat to hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders talk about a "political revolution."

Screen capture from Ameren Illinois' website

UPDATE: Ameren Illinois has restored power to many customers in west central Illinois as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Still about 1,000 residents of Knox County and 500 people in Warren County still do not have power.

Lee County Sheriff's Office

A judge has dropped one of the two felony charges filed against the head of the Green Bay Levee and Drainage District in southeast Iowa. District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson said this month that the statute of limitations had expired on the charge of Theft in the First Degree against Mike Pieper.

WIU

Dr. William "Bill" Brattain, 77, passed away Fri., Dec. 25 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield. His career in higher education included more than 25 years at Western Illinois University.

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It appears the West Burlington School District's first attempt at a 1-1 technology initiative will not prevent it from continuing to put new technology in the hands of students. For Superintendent Dave Schmitt, the decision is a "no-brainer."

Iowa Department of Education

Schools in southeast Iowa appear to be keeping up with their counterparts throughout the state. That's according to the new Iowa School Report Card, which was released this month by the Iowa Department of Education.

Few details have been released about the January 6, 2015 fatal shooting of Autumn Steele by Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill. An effort to make more information public took a step forward Thursday as the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) voted against closing its investigation into the incident.

Lee County Treasurer Chris Spann took office in January after running on a platform of re-opening the driver's license bureau in Keokuk, which had been closed since an office consolidation in 2011. She was able to re-open the bureau a few months ago, but maintaining services in both Keokuk and Fort Madison has proved difficult.

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