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.

Missouri State University

Missouri State University is accepting applications from adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for its new program, Bear POWER.

Beginning next January, up to 10 young adults will attend the university through a 2 ½ year inclusive college program for disabled students transitioning out of high school.

Rachel Heinz, the director of Bear POWER, told KSMU by phone that young adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and brain injuries are encouraged to apply.  She said the goal of the new program is “to leave it as open and inclusive as possible.”

Police car lights
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Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers saw a record year in 2017. The Community Partnership of the Ozarks program, saw an increase of 135 percent in tip follow-ups. Tip follow-ups occur when a tipster calls back into the Crime Stoppers hotline or leaves a message in its anonymous chat, according to Rachel Kleemann, a Springfield police officer and Coordinator of Crime Stoppers.

Because of the Crime Stoppers program, Kleemann said, law enforcement has a better chance of apprehending criminals.

City of Springfield

Officials hope a new nursing suite at Springfield Branson National Airport will make traveling more pleasant for mothers.

The airport will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new facility on Tuesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. It’s something the airport has been considering for years, according to Public Information Officer Kent Boyd.

“We’ve seen an uptick of inquiries about having such facilities in the past few years, and it’s the right thing to do so we’re going to go ahead and do it.”

Eden Village
Claire Kidwell / KSMU

Eden Village has officially begun work on a community center to be located at the planned tiny home community for the chronically homeless. Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

Dr. David Brown, who founded Eden Village with his wife Linda, says that the community center will feature a common area and a kitchen.

“We’re going to have some offices where we can have professionals come in, like mental health professionals, medical health, case workers, social workers, that type of people.”

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU

James River Church says its Thanksgiving Basket Outreach program is growing, sending more than 1,000 packages of food to families in need.

Volunteers gathered Saturday at the church’s three locations to pack the baskets. This is the 14th year of the program, says Pastor David Lindell

“This outreach has grown exponentially through the years, last year we did a little over 900 Thanksgiving baskets, this year – 1200.”