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.


Courtesy of Dr. Hamner Hill

Dr. Hamner Hill, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southeast Missouri State University, speaks about his trip to India in the Summer of 2019, to teach logic to Tibetan Buddhist monks.

Cape Comic Con

Cape Comic Con will celebrate 15 years in the community next April. This year, they expanded the operation by adding an inaugural anime event and another, horror-themed convention. 

The latter, titled “Fear Con,” took place just two weekends ago, with nearly 400 costumed attendees filtering through the Osage Center. 

Con director Ken Murphy says such large attendance at previous events has allowed him to branch off into these single-genre conventions and, by watching calendars and landscapes, says we have a strong local interest. 

PulsePoint Foundation

Cape Girardeau residents will soon have the opportunity to receive a notification when someone goes into cardiac arrest in a nearby public space. The fire department has partnered with PulsePoint, an organization and app, to ensure those struck by such a medical emergency can receive CPR in a timely manner.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences sent out an email recently containing private student and faculty information to about 50 individuals. Assistant Vice President of Information and Technology Floyd Davenport was consulted after the info was released about what students should do now.

Davenport says much of the information was directory information, such as emails and phone numbers. The most sensitive information in the email was student and faculty ID numbers.

“We like to keep some information very consistent, like the student ID,” he said. 

Courtesy of Stan Polivick

For roughly seven weeks now, the city of Cape Girardeau has been testing out a new treatment process for turning “bio-solids” in residents' wastewater into a substance that could benefit the region in the long term. 

Sewage sludge is being dried out in an oven by public works personnel and turned into pellets, which are also being trialled with select local farmers as a potential fertilizer. Public works director Stan Polivick says it all started with the development of a new water treatment plant.