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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Legislation Filed in Des Moines
7:55 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Senator : Let Residents Vote on County Seats

One southeast Iowa lawmaker is re-entering the heated debate in Lee County over where government services should be offered and where the county seat(s) should be located.

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15% of Workforce in Keokuk
10:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Mayor : Roquette America Cutting Jobs

Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says Roquette America is laying off about 15% of its workforce.

One of Keokuk's largest employers is cutting its workforce by about 15%, according to Mayor Tom Marion.

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Supreme Court Appeal Possible
5:41 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Appeals Court Backs Lee County over Fired Employee

A former Lee County employee has been dealt another setback in his effort to receive the damages awarded to him by a jury nearly two years ago.

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All Bids Below Estimate
8:11 am
Wed January 14, 2015

SCC Awards Construction Contract

After breaking ground last fall, SCC has awarded the contract to build its new Health Professions Center in West Burlington.

Southeastern Community College received some very good news when it opened the latest round of construction bids for its new Health Professions Center on the West Burlington campus.

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4.5% Across The Board
4:00 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Raises Recommended for Lee County Elected Leaders

Elected leaders in Lee County are now in line for significant salary increases this summer.

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Now Looking for Possible Savings
9:52 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Conservation Building Bids Higher Than Expected

A lightning strike in 2014 led the Lee County Conservation Board to move ahead with a new building.

Higher than anticipated construction bids have forced the Lee County Conservation Board to consider scaling back its new building.

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Accused of Violating OMA
7:15 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Hearing Set for Lee County Lawsuit

A hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to determine where a lawsuit filed against several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors will be heard.

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Investigation Continues
9:08 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Victim, Officer Identified in Fatal Burlington Shooting

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identified the woman killed in an officer-involved shooting in Burlington, Tuesday morning, as Autumn Steele, 34.

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Absent for 3 1/2 Years
9:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Driver's License Bureau Could Return to Keokuk

An effort is underway to return the driver's license bureau to the South Lee County Courthouse.

The most controversial aspect of the reorganization of four Lee County departments in mid-2011 could soon be reversed.

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Early Retirement / Extends Levy
12:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Burlington Schools Addressing Budget / Finances

Some recent actions by the Burlington School Board could help the panel craft the district's upcoming budget.

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