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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SCC's Board of Trustees has now voted to terminate the contracts of four faculty members in the last week, the latest of which occurred Monday night. President Michael Ash said all four have requested private hearings with the board.

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A single vote during last night’s Keokuk City Council meeting prompted a heated exchange between aldermen that continued after the meeting.  The vote was on a proposed business and its connection to someone who has a history with the city council.

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Several dozen employees and other supporters of Keokuk Area Hospital turned out for this week's Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting, hoping to convince the board to contribute $111,000 to the hospital. Their efforts did not work out, but they might have planted the seed for future success.

Results are in for the special election in West Burlington and the municipal election in northeast Missouri.

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The Keokuk City Council delayed a vote on whether to remain a member of the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) in the hopes that future negotiations can occur. Alderman Dan Winn summed up the tone of his colleagues during this week's emergency meeting.

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The Keokuk City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday afternoon (March 29) to discuss whether the city should remain a member of LeeComm, the county's centralized emergency dispatch center. City Attorney Douglas Dorando believes the city should not do so unless changes are made to the organization's bylaws and powers.

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The future of Lee County’s centralized emergency dispatch center (LeeComm) is in question. The agreement that created it seven years ago will expire soon and a major partner said changes are needed before it can get on board.

It's officially primary election season in Iowa, as the deadline has passed to file nominating petitions to seek state and federal offices. Based on the current slate of candidates, southeast Iowa voters will only have to make a handful of decisions.

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Keokuk had big plans for some land along Main Street when it opened up the site for commercial development more than a decade ago. But after years of little interest, city leaders now hope that plan is back on track.

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A former southeast Iowa police chief was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon of assaulting his wife in May, 2015. The jury of 3 men and 3 women deliberated for less than 45 minutes before returning the verdict in the trial of William "BJ" Sackett.

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Wells-Carey Elementary School was filled with Keokuk children for more than 80 years before closing its doors for good after the 2011-12 school year due to declining enrollment and the condition of the building. Now, it appears the former school will have its third owner in less than one year.

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A group of former Midwest Academy students and their parents are suing the school, the owner, and several associated “corporate entities.”  The students claim they were subjected to a “culture of punishment, confinement, coercion, physical confrontation and violence.”

The Keokuk School District wants a judge to rule on a lawsuit filed by a former teacher before the lawsuit goes to trial next month. The district’s request for summary judgment is based on its belief that it has fully compensated Scott Schneider for his services.

The Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 to grant Dakota Access a permit to construct a crude oil pipeline across the state. The proposed route starts in the northwest corner of the state, traveling nearly 350 miles through 18 counties, before crossing the Mississippi River just north of Keokuk.

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A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Midwest Academy now names owner Ben Trane as a defendant. Cheyenne Jerred is claiming that she was fired for coming forward about Trane sexually abusing a student at the now closed boarding school for troubled teens, which is located near Keokuk.