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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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Two people are running for the Ward 2 seat on the Fort Madison City Council: Incumbent Brian Wright and challenger Bob Morawitz. Morawitz believes his willingness to listen to residents and his common sense approach make him the best person for the job.

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Two people are running for the Ward 2 seat on the Fort Madison City Council: Incumbent Brian Wright and challenger Bob Morawitz. Wright believes his experience and his leadership are still needed on the city council.

The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers including Jon Billups, who finished first.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to six. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers including Scott Diehl, who finished sixth.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers, including Bill Ell, who finished second.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Michael Elmer did not make the final six, but he is running as a write-in candidate. Tri States Public Radio spoke with Elmer prior to the primary.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers including Bob Fleming, who finished third.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers including Lynda Murray, who finished fifth.

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The October 10 primary narrowed the field of candidates seeking three open seats on the Burlington City Council from 15 to 6. Tri States Public Radio spoke prior to the primary with the top six finishers, including Matthew Rinker, who finished fourth.

The Iowa Department of Corrections released a statement saying the Iowa State Penitentiary employee who was injured during an attack by an inmate Wednesday morning is in stable condition at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Garret Selters, 29, of Burlington faces one count of first degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, Linda Selters, 56, also of Burlington. Linda Selters died Tuesday night at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is recommending no criminal charges be filed against two Burlington police officers involved in a fatal shooting this month.

The field of candidates for the three open seats on the Burlington City Council is now set following Tuesday's primary election. The top six finishers advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

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Funeral arrangements have been set for Kirsten Wrieden, 46, of Keokuk, who died Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle while out on a walk. Wrieden was a 1st grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

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Ben Trane sat inside the 2nd floor courtroom of the south Lee County Courthouse, Monday morning, wearing a brown Lee County Jail jumpsuit and shackles. He was there to request the court release him from police custody while his criminal case proceeds.

The Burlington Department, Monday afternoon, identified Marquis Jones, 27, of Burlington as the man who was shot and killed by a Burlington Police Officer during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. The department had withheld Jones’ name pending the notification of his family.

Southeastern Community College is looking for ways to increase enrollment, even as it waits to release its official student count for Fall 2017.  President Michael Ash said community colleges focus primarily on recruiting students from local high schools. He said, though, that that is becoming more of a challenge.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates there were roughly 40,000 homeless veterans across the country in 2016. A new tri states organization believes the construction of tiny homes could help reduce that number.

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Lee County Sheriff Deputy Uriah Wheatley described his new partner, Gunner, as "spunky" on the job and "chill" after hours. Gunner is a black German Shepard, and the two put on a display of their abilities following the recent Lee County Board meeting at the county jail.

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The Clark County School District expected to break ground on the new Indian Pride Learning Center this fall. But that won't happen now that the school board rejected the first round of construction bids because they came in well over budget.

About 30 people attended an informational meeting in Fort Madison Tuesday afternoon that was organized by the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Representatives of PERB have been traveling the state ahead of hundreds of upcoming certification votes for public sector bargaining units.

15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Jeff Stivers.

15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Ryan Rogers.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Matthew Rinker.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Chance Oliver.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Lynda Murray.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Kathy John.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Richard Goughnour.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Cody Flietner.

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15 people are running for three open seats on the Burlington City Council. The Oct. 10 primary election will narrow the field from 15 to six ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.  Tri States Public Radio spoke with the candidates ahead of the primary, including Bob Fleming.

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