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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The city of Cape Girardeau has a decision ahead of them, which could affect how potential businesses come to the city.

City Planner Ryan Shrimplin says staff in his department hope to gain direction from the City Council by their June 3rd meeting on the subject of so-called “buffer zones” for medical marijuana facilities. These zones would apply to both dispensaries and cultivators growing medical marijuana within the city.

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On May 30, Cape Girardeau’s Prospect League team - the Cape Catfish - will travel to Quincy, Illinois, for the first game of their summer season, going head-to-head with the Quincy Gems.

Southeast Missouri State University

A former member of the University of Central Missouri team has joined Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Michael Godard has been named Southeast’s new provost, and will serve as a member of the University President’s  Executive Staff and chief academic officer.


In a press release, President Dr. Carlos Vargas said they are pleased to welcome Dr. Godard to the Southeast community.


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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.