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.

Facing Addiction
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Springfield continues to expand its role in combatting addiction through local training, advocacy and messaging.

Earlier this year, the community joined more than a dozen other cities in a pilot project organized through Facing Addiction, which launched its second phase in Springfield last week.

Sarah Teague/Claire Kidwell
KSMU

A total of  305 law enforcement officers were on duty during President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield Wednesday – that includes officers from the Springfield Police Department, Greene County, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to SPD spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

Officers kept a close eye on the protesters and anti-protesters who came out of the woodwork to exercise their First Amendment rights to the freedom of speech and of assembly.

Submitted Photo / SAAF

Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (SAAF) says its performed 35,000 spay or neuter surgeries that have significantly reduced the city’s stray pet population.

Clinic Director Stacey Williams spoke about the impact of SAAF services at the organization’s seven year anniversary on Aug. 21.

“We’ve roughly prevented 200,000 plus unwanted puppies and kittens that would have been born and you know overpopulated the community as well as the local shelters and rescues,” said Williams.

Missouri State University

Next week’s total solar eclipse that will be visible in parts of Missouri is generating lots of excitement, as well as unique challenges for safety officials.

“Missouri is expecting anywhere between 300,000 and 1.2 million out of state guests. MoDOT has been working with a state-wide coalition of departments to prepare for this influx of people,” says Matt Hiebert, assistant communications director with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Bill Garnos
Facebook / Greene County

Greene County officials are reviewing how renovations to its jail can hold enough prisoners to meet current and future demand and at what cost.

It comes after last week’s report by jail and prison consultant Bill Garnos. His study provided estimated needs for the jail over the next 20 years.

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