Jacob McCleland

Host/News Producer

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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Wildlife
2:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Missouri Elk Herd Grows, But No Hunting Yet

Juanita Shore Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri’s elk herd is showing slow but steady growth, but conservation agents say there still aren’t enough elk to hunt.

The Missouri Department of Conservation reintroduced about 110 elk between 2010 and 2012. That number has grown to 125 now. The elk were reintroduced to the Peck Ranch Conservation Area in Shannon County in southeastern Missouri. The elk are free to roam off Peck Ranch and also range into Carter and Reynolds Counties.

MDC elk program manager David Hasenbeck said elk numbers typically grow slowly during the first few years following reintroduction.

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Veterans
4:38 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

World War II Veteran Receives Flag That Flew Over Capitol

World War II veterans Glennon Welker (left) and brother Wilbert Welker visit at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
Jacob McCleland KRCU

A World War II veteran who served in the Navy Seabees received a flag that flew over the U.S. capitol on Wednesday.

Eighty-eight year old Glennon Welker couldn’t take an honor flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. So on Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Jason Smith brought a flag to him that flew over the capitol on Veterans  Day.

Smith said it’s a privilege to present the flag to veterans like Welker.

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Fill 'er up
11:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Missouri Gas Prices Lowest In The Nation

Samantha Powers KRCU

Missouri’s gas prices are the lowest in the nation at $2.21 per gallon, according to the website gasbuddy.com. Gas in Cape Girardeau isn’t quite that low - most stations are charging between $2.29 and $2.39 for regular unleaded. Mike Right from the American Automobile Association attributes the low gas prices to a decrease in the cost of crude oil, an increase in oil production, and flat demand. “There’s a basic disconnect between the supply and demand - disconnect from the point of view of the pro

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Environmentalists, Some Local Leaders Urge End Of New Madrid Levee Project

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A coalition of ninety environmental groups and over twenty community leaders in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky are urging President Obama to block the Army Corps of Engineers from completing a $165 million  levee project in Missouri’s bootheel.

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Earthquakes
2:57 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Geologists Record Widespread Activity On Ste. Genevieve Seismic Zone

In this figure, the dots mark the epicenters of earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or greater between January 1974 and December 2013. The stars mark the epicenters of earthquakes of magnitude 5.0 or greater since 1800.
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Geologists with Indiana University and several other Midwestern schools have identified widespread seismic activity along an “underappreciated” seismic zone in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. 

The seismic zone is named after a small Missouri town --- but it’s not New Madrid.

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