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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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, 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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During the height of construction season during the summer, it can be easy to get caught up in long traffic jams along major roadways. However, MODOT is promoting a new way of merging to decrease traffic through construction zones.

“It’s just something that will help keep people safe and help keep traffic moving when we have a work zone,” says Jennifer Williams, the Communications manager at MODOT’s Southwest District.

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Events celebrating Pride Month are taking place this week in Springfield, culminating with Saturday’s Pridefest, to honor the LGBTQ+ community.

Philip Pullian, GLO board member and part of the Greater Ozarks Pridefest planning committee, states that events like these continue to move citizens towards greater acceptance.

“We hope to continue progress and a strong momentum forward and the only way that we can really keep promoting that progress is to make sure our voices are heard and our faces are seen.”