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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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) arrived at the Hawkeye Restaurant in Keokuk about 45 minutes early for his town hall meeting Tuesday night. He spent part of his extra time going table to table, greeting locals as they enjoyed their dinners, just what you would expect from someone running for President to do while in Iowa.

The Burlington Police Department has identified a person of interest in a shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning in the 300 block of Curran Street. The victim, only identified as a 43-year-old male, is recovering after being shot in the head.

Mayor Tom Marion is confident Keokuk will announce the hiring of its new city administrator within the next two weeks. His declaration comes as the first round of in-person interviews is set to begin.

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The Keokuk School Board has a new look following the Sept. 8 election as voters chose four new members to represent them. In the process, they removed a pair of incumbents and decided not to return a former board president to office.

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The Lee County Economic Development Group (LCEDG) declared 2015 as a year of action, be it by trying to retain existing jobs and businesses or recruiting new ones. The organization will also spend the rest of the year offering a workforce training opportunity in the form of Manufacturing 101.

A former Lee County Conservation employee feels she is out of work because she is a woman and because she was a "whistle-blower" during her 16 years on the job. Now, Diana Verdught is fighting to get back her job and the money she lost since early January 2014.

The deadline has passed to file for the Nov. 3, 2015 municipal elections in Iowa. More than 50 people turned in nominating petitions in Des Moines and Lee Counties. Despite the response, there will only be a handful of contested races on the ballot, with several communities having no one file to run for office.

A Burlington man will remain in prison after the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld his 2013 murder conviction. Chico Newman was charged with killing his wife, Crystal  Newman, in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 9, 2012.

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The staff started preparing early on Monday at Angelini's.  It was an important day for the restaurant in downtown Keokuk. The sidewalk outside the Italian-themed eatery was power-washed and three metal tables were set up, with four chairs each. The tables were "walled" in by a series of plants, including herbs used in the kitchen.

Lee County Jail

The former head of the Green Bay Levee and Drainage District in southeast Iowa stands accused of falsifying public records for personal gain. Mike Pieper has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Theft and one count of Felonious Misconduct in Office.

Peoria County Sheriff's Office

The former head of Hancock County's ambulance service was arrested over the weekend and charged with multiple felonies. Paul Richardson is accused of falsifying reports to the county board for financial gain.

It appears Lee County taxpayers will be on the hook for about 25% of the legal fees resulting from the defense of three county supervisors against a recent lawsuit.  The supervisors were accused by several Keokuk residents of violating Iowa's Open  Meetings Act multiple times.


The head of the Iowa Department of Education was quick to point out what he thought of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law during a conference call Thursday morning on the state's annual report card. Director Ryan Wise said, plain and simple, the law is flawed.

The trial for former Donnellson Police Chief William Sackett is now scheduled for Dec. 9 in the North Lee County Courthouse in Fort Madison. Sackett is accused of simple domestic abuse assault following an incident at his home in May.

Southeastern Community College

A longtime member of the Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees passed away Wednesday following a lengthy illness. Brian Roth first joined the board in 1999, representing District 1, which encompassed Henry County and the surrounding area.