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.


Harvest Public Media
1:59 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Mule Jumping: The County Fair Tradition You Didn’t Know You Loved

Competitor Becky Manees leads a mule at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo.
Jacob McCleland Harvest Public Media

Fair-goers pack the stands at the East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo., on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon. They aren’t here for the blue ribbon pigs, the truck pull or the beauty contest. These people are here for the fair’s biggest attraction -- the jumping mules.

Mule jumping is a simple sport. A handler leads a mule into a chute. At the end, there’s a pole with a blanket draped over it. Mules must stop before jumping, and they have two chances to clear the pole or be eliminated. After each round, the judge raises the pole two inches.

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Health & Science
12:03 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Mo. Mental Health Director Speaks About Cottonwood Privatization

Brittany Myers KRCU

The Cottonwood Residential Treatment Center in Cape Girardeau will stay open, but it will now be a private facility.

Cottonwood is a mental health facility for children will severe behavioral and emotional issues.

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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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