Clayton Hester

Host - Morning Edition, Reporter

Clayton is a Multimedia Journalism major at Southeast Missouri State University, with minors in creative writing and religious studies. In addition to news - including stories for the Southeast Arrow - Clayton writes a little bit of everything: short stories, painstaking novels, the occasional lyric, screenplays, satirical blog posts, and sometimes funny tweets. He loves music and listens to everything from Frank Sinatra to Faron Young, and Phil Collins to Avicii. His dream job is to either anchor network news or to host Jeopardy, either one is fine. He’s a cat person and nerd.

His favorite public radio programs are 1A, the TED Radio Hour, and Ask Me Another.


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SEMO Electric Cooperative is in their second year of a three-year buildout to expand fiber connections in southeast Missouri. It’s part of a move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand broadband access in the region.

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Another day, another declaration. This is becoming the norm for Missourians as the severe weather continues to hit the state.


Governor Mike Parson has declared a state of emergency in Missouri amidst Tuesday’s severe weather warnings throughout the state and the chance of increased flooding.


Parson’s office said the state’s emergency management team is monitoring the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.


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China has announced it will be place tariffs on $60 billion in American goods in response to the United States’ tariffs on $200 billion on Chinese products.

Down in Dunklin County, Missouri Farm Bureau District 6 Board Member Barry Bean says he's felt the impact of the trade war on his own cotton trading.

Bean says 88% of cotton and a substantial amount of corn and soybeans are exported out of Missouri, and that the unpredictability of the trade war situation has hurt the value of Missouri goods and exports.

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A major stepping stone has been laid for local residents working past flood conditions that have struck Missouri.

After declaring a state of emergency on March 21st, Governor Mike Parson announced last night that President Donald Trump had approved his request for a major disaster declaration.

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Taking task forces to task: that’s the objective at hand for one Missouri State Representative.

Democrat Jon Carpenter of Kansas City has introduced a measure that would create the Missouri Task Force Task Force--an organization meant to manage and monitor the state’s task forces.

The legislative amendment also states the group will have to investigate the task forces currently active in Missouri to decide if they’re fulfilling their “statutory obligations.”