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.


Missouri Department of Agriculture


A cancellation order has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for three dicamba herbicides, and the Missouri Department of Agriculture is following the EPA guidelines.


The order was made on June 8, and applies to Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax. This follows a verdict from the 9th US circuit court outlawing dicamba nationwide on June 3rd. 


Clayton Hester / KRCU

Wednesday morning saw the ceremonial groundbreaking at Common Pleas Courthouse and Annex in honor of renovations that will be done to establish the building as the new location of city hall - a role it used to serve before being moved into the Lorimier School building in 1978. 

Mayor Bob Fox, City Manager Scott Meyer, Deputy City Manager Molly Mehner, and Penzel Construction CEO Phil Penzel spoke about the project prior to taking up shovels. 


Cape Girardeau City Council members discussed the fate of the Confederate monument at Ivers Square in Cape Girardeau during their meeting last night. Ultimately, the council members will decide on a study session in their next meeting. 

Ward 6’s Stacy Kinder addressed the issue of the statue, suggesting that the council put the issue on the agenda of a coming meeting. 

“I have contended that it seems like an odd place to have that particular monument,” she said. 

Marine Perot / KRCU

With protests around the country bringing a light to the treatment of African Americans by law enforcements, Cape Girardeau has seen protests of its own. 

Sgt. Joey Hann of the Cape Girardeau Police Department spoke to KRCU about community policing. 

He says that the police department is trained in cultural diversity, going “above and beyond our mandatory amount of training.”

He says during this time in which anti-racism demonstrations are taking place, law enforcement has taken action to help prevent conflict.

Southeast Missouri State University

A new student representative has been appointed to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.

According to a press release from Southeast, Lauren Kohn of Fenton will serve on the board until 2022. The student representative is a non-voting member.


Kohn is majoring in finance and minoring in Spanish. She is involved with the Jane Stephens Honors Program and the Finance and Economics Club.