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.

Austin Cassity / Drury Debate Program

The Debate Program at Drury University, while only a year old, recently won first place at the National Debate Tournament. We spoke with the team to learn more about the group and its success.

Drury Debater Lindsey Duede takes a firm position on foreign relations in a mock debate during a practice session with her teammates. While this program been around a short time, there’s a keen sense of comradery between the roughly 10 group members.

Charles DeBerry is a professor of communication and the director of the Drury Debate program.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Springfield Community Gardens continues to expand with plans for a new plot in the city’s Zone 1 region. These gardens help bring the community together while producing food for local entities.

Alexa Poindexter, who manages the Market Garden, takes me through the rows of vegetables that it currently has to offer. The garden is one of nearly two dozen that Springfield Community Gardens has throughout Springfield. She says these plots often serve as points of contact with passersby.

National Weather Service / National Weather Service

Weather officials say they’re seeing an increase in severe storms so far throughout the region.

Robert Frye is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.

“So far this year we’re not even a week into April yet and we’ve already surpassed all the reports that we received last year.”

The National Weather Service Office in Springfield serves 37 counties in southwest Missouri and three counties in southeast Kansas, according to Frye. So far this year, there have been 10 tornadoes reported within the region.

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Ryan Welch / KSMU

While it appears the measure won the popular vote, Proposition SPS did not pass after failing to receive the required four-sevenths majority Tuesday.

Springfield Public Schools was seeking approval of a $189 million bond to move forward with phase 1 of its Facility Master Plan. But needing 57.1 percent to pass, the measure fell more than 6 points short. With 97 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, only 50.99 percent of voters had said “yes” to the proposal.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Sounds of Missouri State University’s Carillon atop Meyer Library are accompanied by those of power tools renovating neighboring Glass Hall, along with the bustle of students passing by.

Missing at the moment is the splash of water at John Q. Hammons Fountains, centrally located on MSU’s West Mall. As of now the basin is only a little wet from the rain, but by next week the beloved fountain will be up and running.