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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Local Contributions Key
10:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Constitution in S. Lee Courthouse

The donors responsible for bringing a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the south Lee County Courthouse.

A piece of history has been added to a courthouse in southeast Iowa.

Gary Stephenson of Fort Dodge, IA recently approached the Lee County Board of Supervisors about his effort to place a copy of the U.S. Constitution in every courthouse in Iowa.

Stephenson is continuing a project started by his late father.  They have combined to place constitutions in about ¾ of Iowa’s courthouses.

The latest is now in the south Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.  It will hang in the 1st floor hallway of the building.

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Made it to SE Missouri
2:31 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Escaped Inmate Captured

The Iowa DOC says Steven Adcock is back in custody after a short pursuit in southeast Missouri.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says the man who escaped from a prison work crew in Keokuk on Monday is back in custody.

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407 from Fort Madison Plant
1:32 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Siemens Announces Layoffs

One of Lee County’s largest employers will drastically reduce its workforce before the end of the year.

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Considers Borrowing Millions
8:38 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Fort Madison Looks at Infrastructure

Fort Madison is considering a plan to borrow millions of dollars to improve its infrastructure.

City Manager Byron Smith says a citizens’ survey was conducted last year. 

He says the results showed that residents are not happy with the quality of Fort Madison’s streets.

Smith says the city can only afford to make a few, small repairs to streets each year, so he is proposing a multi-million dollar infrastructure improvement program.

The proposal looks at what could be done from the city’s five-year capital improvement plan with $6-million. 

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Legal Action Required
7:26 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Debris Removal Continues in Hamilton

What remains of two buildings in Hamilton destroyed by a fire last January.

Hamilton could soon get more involved in the clean-up of what remains of two downtown buildings.

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