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.

Todd Wilkinson / James River Basin Partnership

The James River Basin Partnership and the Ozark Mountain Paddlers are gearing up for their annual river clean up this summer. 

Picture this: 15,000 pounds of trash and 63 tires. That’s how much junk was removed last year by 125 participants in the annual cleanup.

Brent Stock is project manager for the James River Basin Partnership, and he says this project is their biggest clean up event of the year.

James River, once a polluted waterway 20 years ago, is now a popular floating and recreation stream.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin, an actor, director, voice artist and producer, served as keynote speaker at a daylong conference Wednesday at Missouri State University.  The conference focused on mental health on college campuses with a goal of creating community dialogue. 

The Impact Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference brought together community leaders to focus on destigmatizing mental health. This is an issue close to home for Sean Astin.

Claire Kidwell / KSMU News

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Missouri State University staff and local basketball fans met Amaka Agugua-Hamilton, the new head coach for Lady Bears Basketball.


“Coach Mox,” as she’s known, brings her own approach to coaching, saying that her priorities are family first, then academics, and then basketball.


“You know, my job is not only to win games and make you guys the best basketball player you can be and help you that way, my job is also to prepare you for life after basketball, and I take pride in that," Agugua-Hamilton said.


The bright, orange and white striped tent is up outside of Craig Hall at Missouri State University, and that can only mean one thing:  it’s nearly time for Tent Theatre. 


This first show under the tent is “Grease,” a popular summer fling musical. A bad boy’s reputation is put to the test when he falls head-over-heels for the new, straight-laced cheerleader at Rydell High.  It’s full of the all-American musical hits like “Greased Lightin,’” and this 50’s tryst will run June 12-15, 17-22.


National Weather Service

It may feel like you’re about to be blown off the sidewalk today, and that usually means the weather is changing. 


Jason Schaumann, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield, says we can temporarily say goodbye to the warm temperatures we’ve seen as a storm system moves in.


He says strong winds are bringing several challenges.