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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The softball-sized hail storm that left excessive property damage in North Texas this week may have some concerned of similar threats in the Ozarks.

“It’s not unusual to get quarter, maybe half dollar sized hail, but at least in recent memory, nothing even comparable to the two, three, four inch hail stones that fell in the Dallas Area.”

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Intersection and roadway improvements in south Springfield are among the first projects the city will tackle with funds from recently renewed sales taxes.

More than 85 percent of Springfield voters said yes Tuesday to the continuation of the city’s ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax.

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West Plains’ voters Tuesday rejected a tax increase for school district upgrades while approving a measure to ban smoking in enclosed placed of emolument public areas.

Mallory Hawkins is the city clerk and public relations director for the city.

“This means that smoking will be prohibited in public places and public work places inside West Plains.”

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Proposals to annex fire protection districts into local ambulance districts will appear on area ballots Tuesday.

Citizens within in the Jasper County Fire Protection district will decide if the entity should be annexed into the Barton County Ambulance District. Margie Bowman is with the ambulance district.

“What this does is that it actually brings them into our district, because technically they’re not in our district, we’re just responding there.”

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Bond issues are before voters in two Greene County school districts Tuesday, with neither debt service levy expected to change if approved.

Stewart Pratt is the assistant superintendent for the Willard School District, and explains that growth has led officials to call for a $5.5 million dollar bond issue.

“We’ve grown about a thousand kids in the last ten years, and we’ve grown three hundred students in the last three years.”