Jacob McCleland

Jacob spearheads KRCU’s local news effort. His reporting has been heard on NPR’ Morning Edition and All Things Considered, PRI’s The World, and Harvest Public Media. In addition to reporting, Jacob directs KRCU’s team of student reporters and producers.

Jacob graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000 with degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. He spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama where he worked on sustainable agriculture projects and hosted a weekly agriculture radio program.

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NPR Story
9:50 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists Pan State’s Proposed Fracking Rules

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 10:36 am

Last week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) released draft rules that will regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, but environmental groups aren’t pleased with the

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Culture
8:35 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Rural Homosexuals’ Well-Being Better Than That Of Big City Peers

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Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:58 pm

A new study published last month finds rural homosexuals tend to have better health and well being than their big city peers.

That runs contrary to conventional wisdom, according to co-author Chris Wienke, a sociology professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and explained he expected to find that rural homosexuals find more isolation and less opportunities for social support.

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Environment
8:34 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Cicada Hawks Follow Rhythm Of Cicadas

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Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 8:49 am

Louder than a chainsaw, the cicada produces a noise reaching 120 decibels, making it the loudest known insect. The cacophony produced by the annual swarm of these insects is well known for being the sound of late summer. Timothy Judd, professor and entomologist of Southeast Missouri State University, explains how this small bug makes such an uproar.

“Insects have a cuticle which is what the hard part is. And this is another special part inside that they scrape, that scraping sound you’re hearing.

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Environment
6:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Nobody Fully Satisfied With Draft St. Johns Bayou - New Madrid Floodway Plan

Nobody was completely pleased with the Army Corps of Engineers’' draft plan for the St. Johns Bayou - New Madrid Floodway project at a public hearing Tuesday night in East Prairie.

The proposed $164 million project would plug a 1,500 foot gap in the Mississippi River near New Madrid, install two pumping stations to remove water from inside the levee, modify 23 miles of ditches in the St. Johns Bayou Basin and manage waterfowl and other wildlife.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu July 25, 2013

IDOT Seeks Public Input For Interstate Project 1

Officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation, or IDOT , met with members of the public Wednesday evening at Shawnee Community College to discuss the potential Interstate 66 corridor.

The interstate highway would run from Interstate 55 in Missouri to Interstate 24, near Paducah.

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Politics
7:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

IL Congressman Enyart Disappointed In House Farm Bill Defeat

Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart was one of only 24 Democrats who voted in favor of the U.S. House’s failed Farm Bill yesterday. Enyart represents Illinois’s 12th congressional district, which spans from Alton to Cairo. Enyart supported the bill despite some misgivings.

Enyart, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, opposed the House bill’s two billion dollars of annual cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.

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Crime
9:29 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Clay Waller Confesses To Jacque Waller's Murder, Gets 20 Years

Laura Simon Southeast Missourian

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 10:40 am

Clay Waller pled guilty to the murder of his wife, Jacque Waller, in Cape Girardeau County Court on Thursday, bringing a bittersweet end to one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent Cape Girardeau history.

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Society
2:24 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Southeast Missouri State University Provost Recalls Boston Marathon Explosions

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Southeast Missouri State University provost Dr. Ron Rosati was one of at least five Cape Girardeau-area runners who raced in Monday’s Boston Marathon. Tragedy struck the race when two explosive devices killed three people and injured more than 170.

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Sports
3:14 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Redhawks And Salukis Hope To Play Football At Busch Stadium

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Busch Stadium in St. Louis may be filled with chants for the Redhawks and Salukis this fall. Southeast Missouri State University and Southern Illinois University hope to play the first football game ever at the new stadium.

The universities are still finalizing plans to play a football game in St. Louis on September 21.

Both Southeast and SIU have large alum populations in St. Louis. Southeast athletic director Mark Alnutt says that’s what makes SIU a good opponent at Busch Stadium.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

National Weather Service Plans Change to Emergency Alert Wording

The National Weather Service plans to tweak its wording in weather warnings in April.

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