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.

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.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

It can be hard for some to be away from home during the holidays. But for Chinese International Students attending Missouri State University, the traditional New Year holiday is brought to them.

MSU is presenting a week of celebration and activities to usher in the Chinese New Year with events such as Peking Opera performances, tea tasting, Taiji (tai chi) classes, dumpling making, and traditional arts and crafts.

SGF CityView

Springfield citizens will, on average, pay around five percent more for utilities beginning next summer.

City Council last month approved rate increases for sewer, water and gas.

These increases will ultimately cost around $1.50 more a month, which officials say will help pay for mandated upgrades to the sewer system. According to Steve Meyer, the city’s director of Environmental Services, the increase is lower than what was previously being considered.

Jay Nixon
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Gov. Jay Nixon is freeing up $1.875 million to complete renovations at Missouri State University’s Glass Hall, which houses the university’s College of Business.

Nixon made the announcement from inside the facility Wednesday. He was joined by business students, faculty and school administrators.

“The bottom line is that by watching our dollars carefully, and in investing in the things that we think can make the most difference, we have been able to get to where we are today,” he said.