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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Contested Races Throughout Ballot
11:06 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Election Day in Iowa

The polls will open at 7:00 A.M. for voters in southeast Iowa as they decide who should move on from the primary to the November General Election.

There are contested races up and down the ballot in Lee and Des Moines Counties.  They start in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Dave Loebsack faces a challenge from State Senator Joe Seng on the Democratic side while John Archer and Dan Dolan are squaring off for the Republican nod.

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Waiting List to Remain
10:50 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Des Moines County to Maintain Services

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors

The decision by the Iowa Legislature to revamp the state’s mental health care system has counties struggling to determine their role in the new landscape.

The state will pay for Medicaid-related services, which means counties will receive less in reimbursements.

In response, Des Moines County established waiting lists for a wide variety of services. 

CPC Administrator Ken Hyndman says the idea was to reduce spending in case the county’s budget runs short without certain state reimbursements.

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Identification Scan Available
11:36 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Lee County Offers New Voter Registration

Voters in Iowa will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.  They will decide who should move on to the November general election.

Lee County is offering a new option to residents that could make their voting experience much quicker.

The county currently uses a voter registration system known as the Precinct Atlas.  It was developed by the Cerro Gordo County Auditor and is used by dozens of Iowa counties.

The system stores voter information electronically.

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Getting Infrastructure in Order
11:02 pm
Sun June 3, 2012

Fort Madison Looking to Future

Fort Madison is trying to organize and prioritize its future infrastructure needs.

City Manager Byron Smith says the city has not had a capital improvement plan since he arrived in January 2009.  He says city staff has been working on a five-year forecast for the last six months.

Smith says the wide-ranging document will cover a variety of projects, including streets, water lines, sewer projects, vehicles, and large-scale equipment.

The five-year capital improvement plan would include cost estimates and potential revenue sources for the projects.

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Expected to Begin July 1
10:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Fort Madison Proceeding with Rental Inspections

The Fort Madison City Council created the rental property inspection program.

Fort Madison plans to have its new rental property inspection program up and running by July.

City Manager Byron Smith says Fort Madison is finalizing the forms and documents related to the program.  It has already received city council approval.

Smith says letters will soon be sent to the owners of rental properties throughout the city.  He says it will inform them that property registration will get underway in July, with inspections to begin shortly afterwards.

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