Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a junior at Missouri State University, and is majoring in Global Studies with minors in Music and Math. She is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is involved in Model United Nations, the MSU Chorale, and the Kindness Commission.

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Is it or  That's a question many veterans are wondering when they go to access their benefits.  One of Missouri's Senators in Washington is trying to cut down on the confusion.

There are two websites run by the federal government that veterans can go to receive benefits for their service.   US Senator Claire McCaskill says this is confusing, and is asking whether these two websites can share info, or be combined into one site.

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Dress rehearsals for Springfield Regional Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” are underway ahead of its opening weekend; the show opens Friday. 

And the people who make up the chorus have a wide variety of other occupations.

KSMU’s Claire Kidwell is one member, and has this first-person account of being an opera chorus member in Springfield.

Music has always been a passion of mine, so when I found out I could sing in the chorus of one of my favorite operas, I jumped on the chance.


A local hospital is trying to get the word out:  don’t automatically resort to antibiotics each time you’re sick.

CoxHealth is putting up signs and printing brochures to get the word out.  Ryan Baker, the Ambulatory Care Director for CoxHealth, says taking antibiotics indiscriminately can cause a lot of pathogens to react in ways that can make therapies ineffective.

In other words, he says, nature finds a way to get around obstacles.

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Missouri State University introduced its new head men's basketball coach in a press conference  Thursday. The university’s Board of Governors approved the hiring of head coach Dana Ford the day before.

Ford said there must be a change in mindset when it comes to the atmosphere surrounding Missouri State men’s basketball.

“When the word 'championship' is brought up, we’ve got to be about that. That’s got to be our expectation,” Ford said.

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The Branson Police Department has announced a new police chief.

According to a press release from the city, Jeff Matthews will bring 33 years of law enforcement experience to the position of Chief of Police.  He is currently serving as Deputy Chief of the Arlington, Texas Police Department.

Matthews will take over for Stan Dobbins who has been serving as interim police chief. Dobbins, who was also the former police chief, is now the Branson City Administrator.