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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Keokuk will help pay for the demolition of the Redemption Center at 618 and 624 Main Street.  The uninsured business was severely damaged by a fire early Thursday morning.

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City leaders in Keokuk are trying to determine how to proceed with the Redemption Center in the 600 block of Main Street following a fire early Thursday morning. Mayor Tom Marion said a decision would not be made until after meeting with Brian Boyd, who owns the center and several nearby properties.

Chris King, 40, was arrested after a lengthy investigation into him having illegal sexual contact with several teenage girls. King served on the Burlington City Council from 2002-2005.

According to the Burlington Police Department, "On Feb. 7, Burlington detectives were notified by multiple concerned parents that their daughters had been sexually abused."

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Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) said Wednesday afternoon that he's keeping an eye on the ongoing labor dispute at the site of Iowa Fertilizer Company's new production plant near Wever.  He said he's concerned about the fact that Iowans were laid off when a new subcontractor was hired last month.

The Burlington School District and the Burlington Education Association have reached an agreement on a new contract for the 2015/2016 school year. 

It calls for the teachers to receive a 4% increase in total compensation, which includes salary, benefits and retirement, among others.

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Chaddock CEO Debbie Reed said Sunday's groundbreaking for a new school in Quincy was an amazing moment for her organization.  She said many, many people have worked hard to make it a reality.

Southeast Iowa residents might be surprised by their upcoming property tax bills if the state legislature is not able to reach a decision on public education funding.

Residents of south Lee County will have to wait a little longer to get their driver's licenses in Keokuk.

Chris Spann, Lee County Treasurer, told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that she now hopes to re-open the bureau in the south Lee County Courthouse in mid-to-late May, which is about a month behind schedule.

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The Burlington School District is giving its students another option to consider as they look to their futures.  Starting this fall, they can learn how to cook in a commercial grade kitchen.

City leaders in Fort Madison still have some work to do before they can bring passenger rail service to the downtown district.  The Mississippi River was known to surround the historic Santa Fe Depot in Riverview Park on occasion, which does not bode well for train traffic.

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Union and Confederate soldiers will descend upon Keokuk's Rand Park one last time this weekend for the city's 28th and final Civil War re-enactment.

The event has been a huge success over the years, bringing thousands to the city.  But a dwindling number of re-enactors led organizers to declare 2015 as the final conflict.

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A change of heart by the Lee County Board of Supervisors could have a big impact on the proposed new library in Donnellson.

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State Senator Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant) is surprised that one of the bills he sponsored this year is not sailing through the Iowa Legislature.

The bill would give residents the authority to call for a special election to "relocate a county seat, establish an additional county seat, or consolidate county seats."  Such a vote would require 60% approval to pass.

Matthew Munz, 34 of Wever, faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault on a peace officer, following a pursuit that spanned two states over the weekend. Fort Madison Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer said his department was alerted Friday evening that Munz was being pursued by authorities in Hancock County.

Niggemeyer said a road block was set up at the BNSF bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Niota, Ill. and Fort Madison, but Munz was able to avoid it and some stop strips.

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Iowa Fertilizer Company shut down construction at the site of its new plant in Lee County for at least the next few days.  The company released a statement Friday afternoon that said its "engineering, procurement and construction contractor has reassigned some of the work from a specific subcontractor to other subcontractors on site."

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