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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The clock is ticking for city leaders in Burlington to convince residents that it's a good idea to borrow money for a new police station.  The $4 million bond referendum will appear on the Nov. 3 municipal election ballot.

Burlington will not have to hold a primary election in October for its two open city council seats.

A former member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors -- who was accused of participating in illegal secret meetings when he served on the board -- wants the county to recoup the money spent in his defense following the dismissal of a lawsuit against him. Ernie Schiller said the actions of the people who filed the lawsuit will end up costing taxpayers money at a time when the county budget is tight.

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Lee County Supervisor Don Hunold's presentation Tuesday morning to the rest of the board was short and sweet. He gave each member two pieces of paper and then spoke for just a few minutes on a topic that has garnered hours upon hours of discussion in recent years.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said equipment failures at Roquette America's plant in Keokuk on Monday resulted in about 4,000 gallons of industrial wastewater entering the Mississippi River.

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Former Donnellson Police Chief William Sackett is due in court early next month. He was charged in May with one county of simple domestic abuse assault.

The Burlington Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened Wednesday night as a homicide.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement with Iowa Fertilizer Company and the contractor building its roughly $2 billion dollar production facility near Wever, Iowa regarding water quality violations.  IFC and Orascom E&C USA agreed to pay a $80,689 civil penalty.

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As soon as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) walked into the Broadway Cafe in downtown West Burlington Wednesday morning, he started shaking hands and introducing himself to those eating breakfast.  He eventually made his way to a long, brown table, ordered a cup of coffee, and greeted everyone joining him.

Every four years, being a resident of the Hawkeye State comes with a little more status, a little more responsibility, thanks to the Iowa Caucuses.  On Feb. 1, 2016, Iowa residents will meet in libraries, schools and living rooms to make their choice for President. 

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Southeastern Community College certainly lived up to the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" when it comes to the new Industrial Technologies Training Center on the Keokuk campus.  The college's dedication paid off in the form of a roughly $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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Current and former residents of southeast Iowa are being asked to contribute to a wide variety of projects throughout the region including efforts to restore old buildings and save historic sites.  Tri States Public Radio checked in on a few of these projects this week.

An attempt to give hundreds of students better access to technology did not go as planned for four southeast Iowa school districts.  The result is a lawsuit that claims the electronic devices the districts purchased were faulty.

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Several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are no longer being sued  for allegedly violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant being built in northern Lee County could soon have a new owner. Early indications are that the new owner would become the largest nitrogen fertilizer company on the planet once the deal is complete.

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