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 longer Matt McGhghy spoke about Bentley's Playground, the more emotional he became as he fought back tears of joy.  McGhghy says it's amazing how his hometown has gotten behind the effort to build a fully-accessible playground in Tolmie Park.

Mike Pribyl was surprised when he found out, last month that the Keokuk School Board had adopted a 1% income surtax to help pay for day-to-day educational needs.  He said what really struck him was how little the public knew about it.

West Burlington voters will decide on Tuesday, April 7 whether to give the local school district more money for technology. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said the money generated by a proposed tax increase is crucial to the district.

There is a new requirement for Burlington police officers following a fatal officer-involved shooting in January.  Chief Doug Beaird said all officers must take a U.S. Department of Justice training course on how to react to incidents in which a vicious dog is present.

"It's an online training," said Beaird.  "It's like (60-75 minutes) of different videos.  The Department of Justice worked with the Chicago Police Department and did some violent dog encounter-type training."

Beaird said the department is also trying to set up some hands-on training for officers.

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The first concert at the United Presbyterian Church, performed by organist Kyler Brown of New York City, had to compete with the University of Iowa playing in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Glasscock said the crowd of more than 125 people exceeded her expectations for the first event.

The Burlington Police Department has released a small piece of video from the body camera of a police officer who shot and killed a woman in January.

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Lee County Conservation Director Tom Buckley said it's hard to believe what's going on right outside his office window.

"To see the actual groundwork started and to know that there is a completion date within a few months... is really inspiring," said Buckley.

A sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Keokuk School District by a former student has been dismissed.  District Court Judge Michael Schilling's ruling came down to the timing of the lawsuit.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company hopes to complete its roughly $2-billion plant near Wever in the coming months.  The ongoing construction, though, has resulted in a lawsuit against the company.

Rick Carter's lawsuit against Lee County is finally over after the Iowa Supreme Court denied his latest request for review.  The denial came in the form of a one sentence statement from Chief Justice Mark Cady: "After consideration by this court, en banc, further review of the above-captioned case is denied."

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Emergency responders will tell you the worst time to prepare for a disaster is in the middle of a disaster.  So a new response plan for the Mississippi River should have local personnel ready to spring into action.

The West Burlington Police Department has identified a "person of interest" in an online threat made against an SCC professor in mid-February. 

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The construction of a new crude oil pipeline from North Dakota to southern Illinois is expected to create as many as 12,000 construction jobs. A majority of those jobs are expected to go to union workers, which has local labor eager to get to work.

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The proposed Dakota Access pipeline could bring an economic boom to communities along its 1,100+ mile path stretching from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to the small town of Pakota in southern Illinois.  One Iowa-based economist wants to make sure residents and local governments tame their expectations from the project.

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The construction of a new senior housing complex in downtown Keokuk is expected to get underway in less than a year. 

That's is possible because of the Iowa Finance Authority announcement Wednesday that it would provide more than $2-million in tax credits and loans for "Keokuk Senior Lofts."

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