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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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
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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.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

An item on next Tuesday’s special election ballot asks citizens in Fair Grove whether the city shall impose a local use tax.

“If you conduct business on let’s say Amazon.com, this is a way for Amazon who now pays sales tax inside the state of Missouri, to be able to pay sales tax like they would if they were a local brick-and-mortar business,” says Fair Grove Mayor Tim Smith.

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Springfield doctors and pharmacists will have a new tool to use when prescribing and handing out opiates and opioids.  Springfield City Council approved the implementation of a prescription drug monitoring program for the city Monday night. Hours later, Greene County commissioners approved a database county-wide.

The PDMP will be part of the St. Louis Consortium and will be voluntary for physicians to use and mandatory for pharmacists, according to City Councilman Dr. Tom Prater, who said it will be important in being able to evaluate a patient's needs.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Amid uncertainty in Washington regarding the future of a Senate healthcare bill, over 50 people gathered in Springfield Tuesday to advocate against the measure.

Standing in front of Republican Sen. Roy Blunt’s office, demonstrators voiced opposition to a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as some passing motorists honked their horns in support.

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