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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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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Burlington Steamboat Days
10:53 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Emphasis – June 8

An aerial view of one night of Burlington Steamboat Days in 2010.
  • Russ Brown and Scott Smith on BSD 2012

Jason Parrott’s guests are Russ Brown and Scott Smith, who are members of the Burlington Steamboat Days Committee. 

Brown is currently serving as President while Smith is the Vice President for Marketing.

Burlington Steamboat Days American Music Festival is a week-long event that takes place in the parking lot of Memorial Auditorium, along the Mississippi River.

The main stage will be open Tuesday-Sunday, which such artists as Blake Shelton, Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper.

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Loan Needed to Cover Payroll
10:29 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Burlington to Borrow Money

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau

Burlington will need to take out a very short-term loan to get through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30th.

The city council has authorized the borrowing of up to $2-million to cover payroll and operations through the end of the month.

City Manager Jim Ferneau says the city will need about $700,000 to cover the final payroll of the year, so he does not anticipate needing to borrow the full amount.

He says it is good to have the authority to do so, though, in case an ongoing capital project runs into trouble.

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Halfway Through Year-Long Celebration
6:48 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Des Moines County Conservation Turns 50

The new beach at Big Hollow Recreation Area
  • An interview with Kim Perlstein

Des Moines County Conservation is honoring its past by looking to the future.  The agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Director Kim Perlstein says Des Moines County Conservation has eight full-time employees who oversee about 1,500 acres of public property.  Two key pieces are Starr’s Cave Nature Center and Big Hollow Recreation Area.

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