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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A volunteer group says a new flag for the city of Springfield will create pride among citizens and reflect local traditions.

John McQueary, co-owner and co-founder of Hotel Vandivort, headed the new flag project as part of the Springfield Identity Project.

“We are doing this because we feel like the current Springfield flag does not do our city justice, it’s not specific to our city, and it doesn’t speak to its unique identity and history.”

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

As events commemorating Black History Month come to a close, a local leader is reflecting on a decades-old gathering that continues to serve Springfield’s African American community.

Park Day Reunion at Silver Springs Park is held the first weekend of every August, and holds a lot of memories for Cheryl Clay, president of the Springfield NAACP.

Neil Gorsuch
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Signs reading #ConfirmGorsuch were among those displayed in front of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Springfield office Monday urging the lawmaker to vote for the Supreme Court nominee.

Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump last month to fill the vacancy created after the death of Antonin Scalia.

David Schminkey, a professor at Ozarks Bible Institute in Neosho, believes Gorsuch will adhere to the Constitution.

Right to Work
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The debate over the economic impact of Missouri’s right-to-work law did not end when Gov. Eric Greitens’ signed Senate Bill 19 on Monday, which prohibits unions and employers from requiring workers to pay dues.

Hours after the bill signing, labor interests filed a referendum petition that would delay the implementation of the law until voters can weigh in on the matter.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Some students say they have a new perspective on the situation facing refugees after attending a listening session Wednesday on the Missouri State University campus.

The panel conversation among local refugee families and the officials who help place them in the community came just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.