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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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Galesburg has completed the latest round of testing for the presence of lead in drinking water. The city said the results show its prevention efforts are working.

Construction on the Central Lee School District's campus near Donnellson is expected to increase significantly in the next few years. That’s because residents on Tuesday approved a $12.9 million bond issue to pay for facility improvements.

One person is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Burlington early Wednesday morning.


Roquette America is making a sizeable donation to the Hoerner YMCA in Keokuk. The company announced that it will contribute $500,000 over the next four years, starting with an initial donation of $200,000.

Burlington Police Department

The Burlington Police Department arrested Andrew Nebergall, 45, of West Burlington and charged him with one count of enticing a minor under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose or illegal act. Nebergall, who was a member of the Burlington Fire Department, resigned from his job prior to his arrest.

Central Lee Schools

The Central Lee School District's attempt to pass a multi-million dollar bond referendum to fund facility improvements came up just short last fall, so the district will try again during a special election on Tuesday (September 10). The head of the district said this is the time to act to provide a better education for students for years to come.

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The city of Keokuk has spent weeks trying to find the right architectural firm to design its new City Hall. A group of city council members and department heads believes that search is now over.

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Burlington's multi-million dollar permanent flood wall is still a few years from completion, so at times the city must rely on temporary barriers to hold back the Mississippi River. The failure of those barriers on June 1 allowed the river to overwhelm portions of the downtown, resulting in months of clean-up.

City of Burlington

The historic Tama Complex in downtown Burlington was in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation one year ago when it was destroyed by a fire. The site is now clear of debris and the developer has revealed his latest plans to replace the two buildings.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors tends to follow the advice of other county elected leaders and department heads when it comes to setting rules and establishing policy. But that was not the case this week as the board voted 3-2 to reject a proposed rural parking policy.

Lee County Sheriff's Office

The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Thursday announced the arrest of Laura McDowell, who is the Site Supervisor and Lead Teacher for Raisin Em Up Daycare in Donnellson. She is charged with Child Endangerment Causing a Death.

Galesburg Police Department

Captain Russ Idle joined the Galesburg Police Department as a patrol officer in 1994. On September 9, he will assume command of the department and its roughly 75 employees, including nearly 50 sworn officers.

WIU Athletics

The first home football game of the year for Western Illinois University is September 14 against Montana State University. While the athletic department hopes fans bring their team spirit to Hanson Field, it hopes they leave a few things at home.

A new policy on the books in the Monmouth-Roseville School District subjects many students to random testing for drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The district said the goal is to keep students safe.


Acting WIU President Dr. Martin Abraham took part in his first University Assembly  Thursday morning, delivering a nearly hour-long speech to hundreds of faculty, administrators and staff members in Western Hall on the Macomb Campus and to countless others watching online. The bulk of his time was spent on a single topic.

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Pete Buttigieg drew some laughter Wednesday afternoon from the crowd of about 200 people waiting for him along Keokuk’s riverfront when he blamed his late arrival on his vehicle sitting on a swing-span bridge -- waiting for a barge to pass. The laughter quickly morphed into applause and cheers as the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana focused on his plans if elected President in 2020.


Representatives of FEMA are touring western Illinois to determine if portions of the region qualify for a federal disaster declaration. They are finding homes and businesses with significant damage after months of severe weather and flooding.

Burlington Police Department

A jury found two Burlington men guilty of 2nd degree murder and 3rd degree kidnapping for their roles in the death of Edward “Eddie” Breuer of Burlington. Breuer was beaten and left outside an apartment building in Burlington on March 17, 2019.

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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) focused on health care during a campaign stop in downtown Burlington Monday morning. She touted her “Medicare For All” plan, telling the crowd of about 100 people that health care is a right in the United States, not a privilege.


Fort Madison’s new police chief brings decades of law enforcement experience to the post. The city council this week unanimously agreed to hire Mark Rohloff to replace Tim Sittig, who resigned several months ago.

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It was apparent Wednesday afternoon that former Vice President Joe Biden's planned campaign stop in southeast Iowa was going to be more than just a typical meet & greet or a question/answer session. The Teleprompters, large podium, and bright camera lights pointed toward a major speech, which Biden delivered, taking direct aim at the words and actions of President Donald Trump.

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A fire in February severely damaged Keokuk's City Hall. The city is now moving ahead with plans to demolish the two-story brick building at 415 Blondeau Street and hire a firm to design the new City Hall.


Burlington Police Officer Ryan Smith and Asta, a roughly five-year-old German Shepherd, worked together from November 2016 to a couple months ago when Smith left the department. It now appears an entirely new K-9 unit could soon be working in Burlington.

Two communities in the tri states are on the verge of hiring new police chiefs.  Announcements are expected soon.

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Thousands of bicycle enthuisasts set off from Council Bluffs on Sunday, July 21 as part of the 47th Annual RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Bicycle Ride Across Iowa). Their goal: to reach Keokuk by Saturday, July 27.

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Organizers have been confident that Keokuk's  riverfront would be ready to handle the thousands of bicycle riders arriving July 27 to mark the end of the 2019 RAGBRAI, despite months of severe flooding and a coal train derailment. It appears that confidence was warranted.


The cruise ships that will be docking in Fort Madison will bring even more tourists to the city than originally anticipated.

Superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther have owned the big screen for the past decade. Supporters of the Capitol Theater in Burlington hope to capitalize on that success and find some superheroes of their own.

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Democratic Governor Steve Bullock of Montana touted his rural roots and executive experience during a campaign stop at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery in downtown Burlington. Bullock is one of about two-dozen Democrats seeking the party's nomination for U.S. President.

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It appears the Fort Madison School District will be in the market for a new superintendent.