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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Applications Being Accepted
4:40 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Burlington Police Chief Retiring

  • Chief Luttenegger on Retirement

Burlington is in the market for a new police chief as Dan Luttenegger is calling it a career after 31 years in law enforcement.

He is retiring after spending almost his entire career with the Burlington Police Department, moving up the ranks from patrol officer to chief.

Luttenegger was appointed to the top spot in the department in 2007 following the death of former Police Chief Dave Wunnenberg.

He says the time is right for him to step aside as he reaches retirement age later this month.

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Reduced for Altered Animals
11:10 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Keokuk Raising Pet Fees

It will soon cost a little more to own a cat or a dog in Keokuk as the city council has agreed to increase the cost of the annual license.

Owners currently pay $5/animal each year. 

The cost of the license will increase to $10 on July 1 if the animal is spayed or neutered. A three-year license would also be available for $25.

Mayor Tom Marion says the license would increase to $25 for one year and $65 for three years if the animal is unaltered.

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Mental Health Reform
10:49 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Lee County Preparing for Changes

Lee County Board of Supervisors
  • Ryanne Wood on Mental Health

Upcoming changes to Iowa’s mental health system may not impact Lee County in the short term.

The state will start covering the cost of Medicaid-endorsed services in July.  That means there will be no more reimbursements for counties, which will drastically shrink budgets for mental health and other developmental disabilities.

What is left in the budgets will be primarily used to pay for services not covered by Medicaid.

Ryanne Wood oversees Lee County’s MHDD department.  She says that is why efforts are underway to shift county-funded clients to Medicaid.

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Slow Start in Jefferson City
11:10 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Munzlinger Calls MO Session Average

State Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-Lewis County)
  • MO Sen. Munzlinger on 2012 Session

State Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-Lewis County) says the 2012 legislative session was average in nature. 

In fact, he initially thought the session would yield little as lawmakers could divisive stands on a variety of issues.

Sen. Munzlinger says the focus of the session was the state’s roughly $24-billion budget.  He says it relies on gaming and lottery revenue to fund education and veterans’ issues.

Sen. Munzlinger says income projections are on the rise, so he hopes the budget will be solid.  He says that is needed to turn Missouri’s economy around.

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Affordability/Availability
11:16 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Housing Summit in Canton, MO

The Tri-State Development Summit has formed in 1996, following the historic Flood of 1993. 

The organization brings together communities leaders from several dozen counties in west-central Illinois, southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri.

One of its standing committees focuses on housing needs in the tri-state region.  To assist in its efforts, a special day-long summit was held on the campus of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

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