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.


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.

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As temperatures continue to drop again, there is a chance for frost in Southwestern Missouri that could impact spring foliage.

Mark Birchfield is meteorologist for the National Weather Service forecast Office in Springfield, MO.

“Tonight will be the first of several nights where we could see temperatures below freezing.”

According to Birchfield, rain today will end overnight and then the skies will clear towards the morning hours. Unfortunately, this weather pattern does not bode well for spring gardens.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Narrow victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Missouri weren’t determined until the early morning hours of Wednesday, long after Republican and Democratic winners had been declared in the other four states holding primaries Tuesday.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office show Clinton, a Democrat, receiving 49.61 percent of the vote to Bernie Sanders’ 49.37 percent.

On the Republican side, the tally was Donald Trump 40.83 percent and Ted Cruz 40.65 percent.

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The renovation of an Historic African American church that was moved to Silver Springs Park continues, and now work has begun on the interior of the building.

Jenny Fillmer Edwards is the Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

“It’s a milestone really because it’s the first interior work that we’ve done, and everything we’ve done previously has been outside or underneath.”