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.


5:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Nixon Releases Some Funding For Cottonwood

Brittany Myers KRCU

The future of the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center is looking a little bit brighter, but the Cape Girardeau facility is not completely off the chopping block yet.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released $241,404 on Friday to fund the 32-bed facility that treats children will severe emotional and mental disorders. The release comes after the Missouri legislature did not override most of Nixon’s vetoes of some tax-cutting bills.

But the released funding is only half of the amount the governor withheld this summer, according to Representative Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau.

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4:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ruler Foods To Open Next Week

Jacob McCleland KRCU

The new Ruler Foods store on William Street in Cape Girardeau will open next Thursday.

Ruler Foods is a discount grocery store owned by Kroger. Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce vice president Tim Arbeiter says it’s comparable to Aldi’s.

“This would be a Krogers version of that, looking at most of the Kroger brands and value-type brands in the store,” Arbeiter said. “It would be more in that Aldi category.” 

The grocery store will go into the old DuShell’s Furniture store on William Street. Arbeiter said crews finishing work on the store.

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2:06 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Don’t Bet The Farm Yet: Recount Coming On Right-To-Farm

The amendment won by 2,490 votes, or less than a quarter percent.
Veronique LaCapra St Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office is going to recount the results of Amendment 1, better known as the “Right-To-Farm” amendment, that squeaked to victory at the ballot box on August 5.

The amendment won by  2,490 votes, or less than a quarter percent.

Former state senator Wes Shoemyer, a Democrat, requested the recount. He led the opposition group Missouri’s Food for America.

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4:57 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

New Plan To Prevent Cottonwood Closure

Brittany Myers KRCU

Two local members of the Missouri House of Representatives have developed a plan to prevent the closure of the Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center. Governor Jay Nixon slated the Cape Girardeau facility to close by the end of the year.

Representatives Kathy Swan and Donna Lichtenegger, both Republicans, announced the details at a press conference on Monday.

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Missing Person
9:46 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Search Continues For Lynn Messer

Find Lynn Messer Facebook page.

Search crews continue to look for a Ste. Genevieve County woman who disappeared more than a month ago.

Lynn Messer disappeared from her home on July 8.

Detective Austin Clark with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s office is heading the investigation. 

“We’re not ruling out anything,” Clark said. “We’re investigating it from all angles, but at this point there’s no foul play.”

Clark said hundreds of volunteers have helped comb the area for the missing woman over the last month.

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