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.

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West Plains’ voters Tuesday rejected a tax increase for school district upgrades while approving a measure to ban smoking in enclosed placed of emolument public areas.

Mallory Hawkins is the city clerk and public relations director for the city.

“This means that smoking will be prohibited in public places and public work places inside West Plains.”

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Proposals to annex fire protection districts into local ambulance districts will appear on area ballots Tuesday.

Citizens within in the Jasper County Fire Protection district will decide if the entity should be annexed into the Barton County Ambulance District. Margie Bowman is with the ambulance district.

“What this does is that it actually brings them into our district, because technically they’re not in our district, we’re just responding there.”

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Bond issues are before voters in two Greene County school districts Tuesday, with neither debt service levy expected to change if approved.

Stewart Pratt is the assistant superintendent for the Willard School District, and explains that growth has led officials to call for a $5.5 million dollar bond issue.

“We’ve grown about a thousand kids in the last ten years, and we’ve grown three hundred students in the last three years.”


As part of ongoing efforts to offer unique historical accounts, Ozarks Public Television presents its newest documentary “The Beat Goes On – MSU’s Pride Marching Band” this week.

Tom Carter is programming and production manager for OPT.

“It is just the highlight filled and warmly human interest history of our marching band at the university,” says Carter.

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Evangel University officials are once again inviting residents of the Springfield area to visit the campus to enjoy its spring tulips.  This annual photo opportunity to capture the dazzling array of colors has become a local tradition.  The Evangel grounds crew planted approximately 9,000 bulbs last fall, which are now blooming earlier with the slightly warmer temperatures.