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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 have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have two dogs (Howie and Sadie), one nephew, one neice and several god-children. 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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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has released the identities of the people involved in an officer-involved shooting in Burlington on Nov. 7.

City of Macomb

The city of Macomb has partnered with Amtrak on a special website to track the progress of the passenger trains that stop in the city. It’s similar to the status monitors available in Union Station in Chicago.

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Galesburg’s new fire chief is no stranger to the department. Randy Hovind, who has been with the Galesburg Fire Department for 20 years, will be sworn in as Fire Chief on Friday, Nov. 22.

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Enrollment is up this school year for the Keokuk School District, reversing a recent trend of declining figures. The district said its certified enrollment is about 1,916 students.

The Shop Talk panelists continue last week's conversation about Mark Zuckerberg's plan to begin Facebook News. The site will not hire journalists or generate original content; it instead will serve as a gatekeeper by cherry-picking stories from a few select news organizations.

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The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office is moving ahead with plans to add a K-9 unit. Sheriff Mike Johnstone told the county board several dogs are being considered.

The results are in for the combined city/school election in southeast Iowa.

Mohrfeld Electric

Southeastern Community College has installed multiple solar arrays in the past year at its campus in Keokuk. It now plans to do the same in West Burlington.

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The three candidates for two open seats on the Burlington City Council are Robert Critser, Bill Maupin, and Christopher Roepke. They recently took part in a candidate forum hosted and moderated by the Greater Burlington Partnership.

The city council several weeks ago narrowly approved the use of golf carts, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and utility task vehicles (UTVs) on city streets despite plenty of public opposition. The city has since decided that the first day the vehicles can be operated legally will be Friday, November 1.

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Three people are running in the November 5th election for the At-Large Seat on the Keokuk City Council. They are incumbent John Helenthal and challengers Kathie Mahoney and Mike Greenslaugh.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden brought his Presidential campaign to rural Lee County Wednesday afternoon, though a little later than anticipated. He apologized to the crowd of about 100 people for being two hours late before spending the next hour talking about his family and his plans to rebuild the middle class.

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Adam McCain will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of 1st Degree Murder in the death of CaLove Sackman. Sackman was stabbed multiple times on February 5, 2019 in downtown Keokuk.

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The three candidates actively running to be Fort Madison's next mayor have different ideas about the biggest challenges facing the community. Joseph Helmick, Rodney Hoskins, and Matt Mohrfeld recently participated in a forum at City Hall moderated by Tri States Public Radio's Jason Parrott.

Keokuk will pay a construction firm tens of thousands of dollars more than anticipated to officially complete an infrastructure project. The city said that is one of the terms of a settlement reached to avoid a legal battle.

Main Street Keokuk

The 2nd annual Conrad Nagel Film Festival will be held October 18 & 19 at the Grand Theater in downtown Keokuk. The star of this year's festival will be John Wayne.

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There are four open seats on the Fort Madison City Council in the November 5 election. Five of the six people on the ballot recently participated in a forum at City Hall moderated by Tri States Public Radio's Jason Parrott.

Hancock County Sheriff's Office

A now former employee of the Hancock County Jail is in custody. The Illinois State Police on Friday arrested Cory Hamelton, 35, of Carthage and charged him with Custodial Sexual Misconduct.

Sheaffer Pen Museum

The Sheaffer Pen Museum in downtown Fort Madison re-opened its doors this summer with about 25 active displays. Organizers expect that number to grow as more items related to the local pen manufacturer are catalogued.

Janet Smith / Keokuk Union Depot Foundation

Volunteers needed to raise about $1 million to repair and replace the roof of the former Keokuk Union Depot along the city's riverfront. They were able to meet that goal thanks to a contribution from the Jeffris Family Foundation out of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Fort Madison has been working for more than a decade to relocate Amtrak from its 20th Street station to the historic train depot in Riverview Park. Mayor Brad Randolph said he plans to meet with the state to try to keep the project moving ahead.

City of Burlington

The Burlington City Council is seeking legal advice before it awards a contract for some upcoming work at the city's wastewater treatment facility. The advice is needed after a problem surfaced with the apparent low bid.

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A small group of former Midwest Academy students and their parents in 2016 sued the shut-down boarding school for troubled teens. Their suit included the former owner of the school. Court records now show the lawsuit appears to be falling apart.

A southeast Iowa judge this week rejected a motion to suppress statements made by a Keokuk man accused of First Degree Murder. The ruling means that statements made by Adam McCain to investigators and to a family member can be introduced in his criminal trial next month.

This year marks the first in which school board and city government races in Iowa will appear on the same ballot, so there will be dozens of names for people to choose from in Des Moines and Lee Counties. But despite the increased number of races, there is not a lot of competition in the southeast corner of the state.

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The city of Fort Madison thought it would be moving full-steam ahead on a couple of large-scale infrastructure projects. But the construction bids for each came in much higher than planned, leading to delays and even questions about whether the projects can be done.

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About 50 people met at the Loft in downtown Burlington Monday night for a community forum on crime. The meeting was prompted in part by a seven-day span this month in which two people were killed and two others injured in three separate shootings.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office is recommending no criminal charges be filed against the law enforcement officers involved in a fatal shooting of Caleb Peterson, 20, of Burlington on September 11.

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A recent seven-day stretch has led to increased calls to address gun violence in Burlington. From September 5-11, four people were shot in three separate cases throughout the city. Two of the gunshot victims died.

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AMJET Turbine Systems believes it is close to completing its prototype for a small-scale, hydro-electric turbine that can be mass-produced. The owner of the Keokuk-based start-up company said that's why he is asking the city for more time to repay a loan.

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