Jacob McCleland http://kcur.org en My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-touch-ground <p>As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</p><p>Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p><p>“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:38:50 +0000 Jacob McCleland 58598 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Touch The Ground Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp http://kcur.org/post/chinese-market-could-help-rid-rivers-invasive-asian-carp <p></p><p>Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish.</p><p>Asian carp are taking over U.S. waterways, including the Mississippi River and tributaries like the Illinois and Missouri Rivers, where they out-compete native fish.</p><p>In China, carp is cheap and a common meal-time fixture. Now, a carp fishing industry is springing up along carp-infested U.S. waters and processors are exporting the U.S. problem fish to Chinese diners.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 54414 at http://kcur.org Chinese Market Could Help Rid Rivers Of Invasive Asian Carp Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer http://kcur.org/post/meet-missouri-man-who-quadriplegic-rally-car-racer <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Rally car racing is popular in Europe and Canada, but it has a much lower profile in the United States. It is a dangerous sport where racers thrash through rural, gravel roads at high speeds in street-legal cars as they try to score the fastest time.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:14:22 +0000 Jacob McCleland 51435 at http://kcur.org Meet The Missouri Man Who Is A Quadriplegic Rally Car Racer Blunt Says U.S. Late To Help Syria http://kcur.org/post/blunt-says-us-late-help-syria <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact in Syria at the early stages of that country's conflict.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking at a gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator said a no-fly zone early on could have allowed the rebellion to remove Bashar Al-Assad. Now, he says President Obama's decision to send a message to Syria because of chemical weapons attacks is, quote "pretty offensive."</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 42845 at http://kcur.org Blunt Says U.S. Late To Help Syria Gov. Nixon Weighs In On State Fair Rodeo Clown http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-weighs-state-fair-rodeo-clown <p>Gov. Jay Nixon says he is heartened by the response of both Republicans and Democrats to the <a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/rodeo-clown-obama-mask-sparks-outrage-apologies">controversial rodeo clown act this weekend at the Missouri State Fair</a>.</p><p>Nixon condemned a rodeo clown who impersonated President Obama, while an announcer asked the crowd if they wanted to see Obama get run down by a bull.</p><p>Speaking in Cape Girardeau, Nixon said the performance did not reflect the values of Missourians or the state fair.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:38:27 +0000 Jacob McCleland 41837 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Providing From The Land http://kcur.org/post/my-farm-roots-providing-land <p>As a child, Robert Harris Jr. worked the cotton fields of southeastern Missouri’s bootheel. Like many sharecroppers’ children, he fled that life. Now, four decades later, the harvest is calling him again, this time to grow food for the needy in a bunch of community gardens in Cape Girardeau, Mo.</p><p>I met with Robert in a garden just outside a food pantry that distributes his produce. We poked through the lush patch of vegetables, full of plump yellow squash and green cucumbers. Soft-spoken and humble, Harris said he had a connection to plants from an early age.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:21:05 +0000 Jacob McCleland 41154 at http://kcur.org My Farm Roots: Providing From The Land Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-signs-new-laws-veterans <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/newsroom/2013/Gov_Nixon_signs_bills_to_benefit_veterans_current_members_of_the_military">signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday </a>aimed to benefit veterans and their families on a tour that included stops at Cape Giardeau and Springfield. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:02:47 +0000 Scott Harvey & Jacob McCleland 39982 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon Signs New Laws For Veterans What The DOMA Ruling Means For Missouri http://kcur.org/post/what-doma-ruling-means-missouri <p>A constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis says the US Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act will have little impact on Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban.</p><p>Greg Magarian says states make laws about marriage, such as the legal age for marriage and legal benefits. That’s not the territory of the federal government.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:16:26 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39226 at http://kcur.org Smith Elected To Open Congress Seat In Southeast Missouri http://kcur.org/post/smith-elected-open-congress-seat-southeast-missouri <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:32:06 +0000 Jacob McCleland 37967 at http://kcur.org Smith Elected To Open Congress Seat In Southeast Missouri Supreme Court Rules Police Must Get Search Warrant For Most DUI Blood Tests http://kcur.org/post/supreme-court-rules-police-must-get-search-warrant-most-dui-blood-tests <p>The United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a search warrant to draw blood in routine drunk driving arrests.</p><p>The case stems from a 2010 drunk driving arrest in Cape Girardeau. At question is whether a Missouri Highway Patrol Officer violated Tyler McNeely’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure when he drew McNeely’s blood with neither a warrant nor his permission.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:33:09 +0000 Jacob McCleland 35299 at http://kcur.org Smith Chosen As GOP Candidate For Missouri 8th District http://kcur.org/post/smith-chosen-gop-candidate-missouri-8th-district <p>Jason Smith will be the Republican candidate to replace Jo Ann Emerson in southeastern Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District.<br><br>Smith spent the last two months campaigning to an electorate of 86 people - the voting members of the district’s Republican committee. Each party’s committee taps a candidate to run in this summer’s special election. On Saturday, the GOP selected Smith in Van Buren after six rounds of voting.<br><br>Jason Smith says he travelled ten thousand miles during the campaign, and that should help prepare him for the election.<br> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:27:21 +0000 Jacob McCleland 31779 at http://kcur.org Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River http://kcur.org/post/army-corps-options-dwindle-along-mississippi-river Every day this month, the Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River's shipping channel in an effort to keep navigation open between St. Louis and Cairo, Ill.<p>Water levels are forecast to remain high enough through January to float loaded barges, but some say the only way to keep the river open next month will be to release water from the Missouri River.<p>On a recent afternoon, Maj. Gen. John Peabody zoomed across the Mississippi River on a survey boat near the tiny southern Illinois town of Thebes. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:54:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 30332 at http://kcur.org Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River Low Mississippi River Levels Could Leave Farmers In Fertilizer Crunch http://kcur.org/post/low-mississippi-river-levels-could-leave-farmers-fertilizer-crunch <p>Southbound barges on the Mississippi River carry grain destined for world markets.</p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:31:45 +0000 Jacob McCleland 29185 at http://kcur.org Low Mississippi River Levels Could Leave Farmers In Fertilizer Crunch U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Retires From Congress http://kcur.org/post/us-rep-jo-ann-emerson-retires-congress <p>Missouri Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson will retire from the House of Representatives next February. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:37:25 +0000 Jacob McCleland 28458 at http://kcur.org U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson Retires From Congress Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration http://kcur.org/post/mississippi-river-businesses-ask-emergency-declaration <p>As Mississippi River levels continue to drop, leaders from the river navigation industry sent a letter to President Obama asking for an emergency declaration.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:26:11 +0000 Jacob McCleland 28222 at http://kcur.org Mississippi River Businesses Ask For Emergency Declaration Poplar Bluff Police Find Missing Girl http://kcur.org/post/poplar-bluff-police-find-missing-girl <p>A Poplar Bluff man is behind bars after allegedly kidnapping a girl Wednesday morning.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:49:25 +0000 Jacob McCleland 26560 at http://kcur.org New Report Says LGBT Missourians Less Healthy Than General Population http://kcur.org/post/new-report-says-lgbt-missourians-less-healthy-general-population <p>Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians have less access to healthcare and tend to be less healthy than the general population. That’s according to a new report by the <a href="http://www.mffh.org/">Missouri Foundation for Health</a>. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:36:07 +0000 Jacob McCleland 23590 at http://kcur.org