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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Job Creation
9:55 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Iowa Senate 42 – Republican Primary

The two men seeking the Republican nomination in Iowa’s 42nd Senate District have different ideas for creating and retaining jobs.

Larry Kruse of rural Donnellson says he is running for the state legislature to add and retain jobs.  He says that is the biggest challenge facing the district, which includes all of Lee and Henry Counties and portions of Jefferson and Washington Counties.

“We need good, high quality jobs for the citizens of Lee County and southeast Iowa,” says Kruse.

He says Iowa must also become more business-friendly through common sense regulations.

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Willing to Give Up Raises
4:21 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Keokuk Firefighters Want Contract Extension

Keokuk could get some financial help from some of its employees.

The city’s current contract with the firefighter’s union runs out June 30, 2013.  It is the only contract in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.

Keokuk is currently in negotiations with the unions representing police officers, employees at the wastewater treatment plant, and the general union, which includes parks, streets and cemeteries.

The firefighters are offering to give up the 3% raise its members are in-line for come July 1.

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Avoids Prison
11:26 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Gregory Sentenced to Jail

Former Hamilton School Board Member Dion Gregory will not go to prison after being found guilty, in March, of felony Criminal Sexual Abuse involving a minor.

He will have to serve two months in the Hancock County Jail and two years of supervised probation, which includes sex offender treatment.

Gregory must also pay $9,600 in fines, fees and court costs. 

He was found guilty in a stipulated bench trial before Associate Judge Richard Gambrell.

Gregory’s wife and his victim, a juvenile male, each made an impact statement during the sentencing hearing.

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4 dead, 8 injured near Burlington
12:06 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Names Released in Fatal Boat Collision

The victims of a boat collision early Saturday morning near Burlington have been identified.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the bodies of Matthew House, 21, Jacob Boyd, 22, Caitlyn Atchley, 20, and Blake Eakins, 21 were found Sunday morning.  They were all from Burlington.

The agency says the collision occurred in the O’Donnell Slough area of the Mississippi River.

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Last Day - July 6
12:43 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Keokuk Police Chief Retiring

Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew used Thursday night’s city council meeting to announce his retirement.  His final day on the job will be June 28, but he will officially leave the payroll on July 6.

Crew has been with the Keokuk Police Department for 25 years.  He worked his way through the ranks, serving as patrol officer, captain and assistant chief along the way.

Crew has led the department for the last seven years. 

His time in local law enforcement also included a stint as commander of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.

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