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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Senators Talk EPA, Wind Energy, Farm Bill
9:55 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Harkin/Grassley Visit Lee County

Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Wally Winkler (standing right) addresses Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (standing left) during the U.S. Senator's recent town hall meeting.

Two of Iowa’s political heavyweights spent some time in Lee County this week.  They used separate events to tout one of the state’s growing industries.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, visits Lee County at least once a year as part of his annual 99-county tour of the state.

His counterpart, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, visits are much more sporadic, which made their visits occurring at the same time rather unique.

SENATOR HARKIN VISITS FARM

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Northeast Missouri/Burlington
11:31 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Election Results - August 7, 2012

CLARK COUNTY

Democratic Primary

Western Commissioner (choose 1)

Paul Brotherton - 195 votes (42%)

Ed Knupp - 139 votes (30%)

Roger Sedore (Incumbent) - 130 votes (28%)

Republican Primary

Eastern Commissioner (choose 1)

Henry Dienst - 179 votes (69%)

Larry Saxton - 81 votes (31%)

Extension of Road Use Sales Tax

Yes - 714 votes (71%)

No - 296 votes (29%)

LEWIS COUNTY

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New Contracts for Union Workers
9:03 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Keokuk to Help Port Authority

Keokuk City Council

The Keokuk City Council will help fund the Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority (SIREPA).

Keokuk, Fort Madison and Lee County are the original members of the authority, which is Iowa’s first and only port authority.

The Lee County Economic Development Group has been providing operational and administrative services for SIREPA, but the organization now wants to hire the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

The authority does not have a regular income stream at this point, so it needs help to pay for such services.

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Fire/Smoke Damage To School
8:14 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Teens Arrested for Burlington Arson

The Burlington Police Department arrested Austin Williams, 13, of Burlington and Daniel Lynn, 13, also of Burlington, in connection with a "suspicious" fire at Corse Elementary School.

The juveniles are charged with 2nd Degree Arson, which is a Class C Felony that carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

The Burlington Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at the school at 9:07 P.M. on Sunday, August 5.  They discovered a fire on the roof and smoke in the hallways.

The estimated damage to the school is less than $10,000.

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Mooar/Powdertown Potential Site
7:09 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Lee County Signs Sewer Agreement

Lee County has decided to help one of its unincorporated communities with a proposed sewer project.

The Board of Supervisors has entered into a new 28-E agreement with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS). 

RUSS is an organization based in Mount Pleasant that helps rural communities secure state and/or federal money for sewer projects.

Supervisor Ernie Schiller says this agreement will allow RUSS to start the preliminary engineering work for a potential sanitary sewer system in the Mooar/Powdertown area north of Keokuk.

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