Claire Kidwell

News Producer, Announcer

Claire Kidwell is a senior 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.

Rick Gunter / Dora Public Library

A tiny town in south-central Missouri was once a refuge for bank robbers and outlaws.  92-year-old Dick Deupree remembers when Dora had its fair share of bandits. 

Dick Deupree recalls how, when he was a child, his father worked in the general store in Dora as the assistant postmaster. While life may have seemed normal in the shop front, there was a lot of drama in the background as his father dealt with notorious bank robbers.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU News

Students and community members met outside of Strong Hall on the Missouri State University Campus before marching to JQH Arena to protest President Trump and US Senate candidate Josh Hawley. 

As protestors made their way through the drizzle to meet up, they shared their thoughts on the president and Hawley.  The Missouri Attorney General will face off against incumbent Claire McCaskill for a seat in the US Senate.

Paul O’Donnell, a student at MSU, had some strong thoughts on Trump.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

A line of rally-goers formed outside JQH Arena at Missouri State University as early as 7:00 Friday morning in preparation for the rally featuring President Donald Trump.  The president is scheduled to be in Springfield for a 6:30 campaign event for US Senate candidate, Josh Hawley.

Many were there to just see the president. Some said their opinion of Trump has only grown stronger after his first 18 months in office. One of those supporters was Korean War Veteran John White.

Drury University / Drury University

Thursday night, Drury University will host Dr. David Priess, former CIA officer and State Department desk officer. His talk will be on the history of the US president’s daily intelligence briefing—something he experienced firsthand. 

In his book, The President’s Book of Secrets, Priess gives readers an exclusive look into the president’s daily intelligence briefing and, more importantly, the people behind it.

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU News

Universities across the country are struggling to combat sexual violence on campus, but Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College are taking new steps towards addressing this issue with Project HEAL. 

HEAL stands for Help, Educate, Advocate, Listen, and the project received grant funding of over half a million dollars from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. 

The grant provides funding for a community centered approach to combating sexual assault. MSU and OTC are teaming up on the project.

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