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.

Pridefest
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Events celebrating Pride Month are taking place this week in Springfield, culminating with Saturday’s Pridefest, to honor the LGBTQ+ community.

Philip Pullian, GLO board member and part of the Greater Ozarks Pridefest planning committee, states that events like these continue to move citizens towards greater acceptance.

“We hope to continue progress and a strong momentum forward and the only way that we can really keep promoting that progress is to make sure our voices are heard and our faces are seen.”

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The ringing bell as you walk into Askinosie Chocolate shop and factory in north Springfield is a familiar and welcome sound to the workers there.

On Thursday, Askinosie Chocolate is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a birthday bash open to the public. While a nationally ranked chocolate business, they also give back to the Springfield community through its Chocolate University.

Missy Gelner is its executive director.

West Plains Daily Quill

Students at Missouri State University West Plains who suffered losses during recent flooding may be eligible for financial help through the MSU system’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

“Our Springfield colleagues reached out to us and said that they wanted to make sure that we understood that the West Plains students were eligible for this scholarship,” said Dr. Drew Bennett, chancellor of the West Plains campus.

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Springfield has played host to several political rallies and marches in recent months, with crowds ranging from the dozens to thousands. This weekend, an event entitled “Awakening the Spirit” is projected to draw people from across the region.

It’s designed to build a stronger community, says Rev. Martin S. Fields, the bishop of the West Diocese of Missouri.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU

The local television show “Show Me Chefs,” produced by Missouri State University and 319 Events Center, has been nominated for a College Arts Emmy.

“This Emmy nomination is actually a huge deal for us. It’s like top three in the nation for non-fiction TV series, and we got nominated for Show Me Chefs season 2,” Jasmine Lee, one of the show’s producers, tells KSMU.

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