Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a sophomore at Missouri State University, and is majoring in Global Studies with a minor in Music. She is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and is involved in Model United Nations, the MSU Chorale, and the MSU Aerialists.

Greene County will soon have a new county commissioner for District 2. Republican Lincoln Hough and Libertarian Cecil Ince are vying for the seat that is currently held by Roseann Bentley, who is retiring. 

The county commission is comprised of three elected officials who serve four-year terms. The District 1 seat, held by Harold Bengsch, is also up for election Tuesday. He’s running unopposed.

Both Hough and Ince spoke with KSMU by phone. Hear their interviews below.


In Southwest Springfield, voters will decide whether the 133rd District Seat in the Missouri House of Representatives will remain Republican, or change over to Democratic in a GOP stronghold.

Curtis Trent is the Republican nominee vying for this seat. It is currently held by Republican Eric Burlison, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

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The domestic violence issue in Springfield will be front and center during an awareness event on Thursday.

Unite Springfield against Domestic Violence is a town hall style forum, now in its second year, presented by the Springfield News-Leader.

“We just want people to be aware of the problem, and maybe more importantly to see ways they can help,” said Stephen Herzog, the paper’s engagement editor.

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The city of West Plains will soon offer one-gigabit broadband access to its major employers with plans for citywide service in the future.

“We’re basically trying to level the playing field for small communities like West Plains,” says Todd Shanks, community marketing director for the city.

He says consumers will be able to purchase the high speed internet at market rates, which will be on par with what residents in bigger cities pay.

Transportation Task Force

A new report suggests a number of short and long-term solutions to Springfield’s transportation issues faced by its under-resourced citizens.

The study comes from the Transportation Task Force. The group was created as an extension of the Impacting Poverty Commission, which is working on several initiatives to reduce poverty in the Springfield-Greene County area.

Irwin Cohen is the chair for the Transportation Task Force.