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Laura joined the 5NEWS team in June 2014. She moved to Fort Smith from Ottumwa, Iowa where she worked as a reporter/anchor for the ABC/CBS affiliated station KTVO-TV. During her time there, she covered a variety of stories including a 40-year-old cold case that was reopened and went to trial after DNA evidence matched a suspect still living in Iowa. Laura also volunteers at the local humane society and in her hometown of St. Louis for the Cancer Support Community.

Prior to her time in Ottumwa, Laura worked as a general assignment reporter at KODE/KSNF in Joplin, MO. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago with a major in Broadcast Journalism/Television.

When she isn’t working, Laura enjoys exploring all that Arkansas has to offer, yoga, hiking, water sports, attending St. Louis Cardinals games, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends, family and traveling.

If you have any story ideas, volunteer opportunities or would just like to say hello, she’d love to hear from you! Email her at Laura.Simon@kfsm.com.

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    Expanded Clarksville Manufacturing Facility To Add 120 New Jobs

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson was on-hand in Clarksville on Friday morning (Jan. 23) to announce the expansion of a manufacturing facility that will add 120 news jobs. “I’ve always wanted to be the jobs governor,” Gov. Hutchinson said. HanesBrands, Inc., plans to invest more than $1.4 million in building renovations and new equipment for the facility, which already employs about 450 people, according to an announcement Friday by the company. HanesBrands’ produces sheer hosiery, along with some seamless […]

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    PHOTO: Van Buren Children Sit On Moving School Bus’ Steps

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – A photograph taken by a motorist Wednesday shows a Van Buren school bus with children sitting on the steps near the bus’ door as it is driving through an intersection. “I just snapped a picture of how fast it was coming down,” Jerry Pittman, former Crawford County deputy said. “It wasn’t until later you could enlarge the picture and I saw those kids and their faces so clear.” Vicki Renfro shared Pittman’s photo on Facebook. She’s […]

  • High Number Of Flu Cases Closes Two Schools In Haskell County

    (KSFM)-Two schools in Haskell County have closed, saying the number of students with the flu is hurting classes. Keota Public School officials report 13 students and staff are out with the virus. The superintendent of McCurtain Public Schools said seven kids plus some parents are sick, and three students have pneumonia. Alma school administrators said flu cases there were higher before Christmas break, but absences have since dropped for them. During Assistant Superintendent Ronnie Newton’s 35 years with the district, […]

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    Tackle, Hunting And Boat Show Kicks Off In Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-The Arkansas Tackle, Hunting & Boat Show got underway Friday (Jan. 16) at the Fort Smith Convention Center. The Channel 5 sponsored expo features boats, fishing tackle, hunting gear and much more. “I like to come out and see what the new products are and get a chance to check out some of the seminars too,” Chris Kesner, spectator said. Montgomery Productions brought the production to Arkansas in 2011. The Tackle, Hunting &Boat Show started 18 years ago […]


    Whirlpool Progress Report Shows TCE Levels Down In Most, But Not All Areas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- Representatives from Whirlpool said they’re making progress as they work to clean up the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination in the groundwater beneath and north of their shuttered factory in Fort Smith. The company released its annual progress report on Thursday (Jan. 15). It shows TCE concentrations are down in most, but not all areas. “There`s areas we need to monitor closely because of all of the monitoring wells [both on and off site], 83-percent have either shown to […]

  • Proposed Tax Plan Could Help Fund 35 Miles Of Fort Smith Trails

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-In a special work session Tuesday (Jan. 13), city leaders decided to vote next week on separate ballot issues. One would ask voters in a special election to renew an existing one-cent sales tax, and then another question would ask voters if they want to allocate a 5-percent portion of that revenue to trails. This would generate an estimated $1 million per year for a multi-use trail project, according to city director Mike Lorenz. They’re also looking to […]

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    Fort Smith Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Stabbing Two People

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing two people, according to an arrest report. On Jan. 11 at 7:38 a.m., authorities were called to a hospital by the two stabbing victims. They said that Joseph M. Cox had stabbed them at his residence at 611 N 11th St., the report states. Cox was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center and faces charges of parole violation, first-degree battery and second-degree domestic battery, police said. […]

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    Fire Engulfs House Of Cedarville Treasurer Accused Of Stealing City Money

    CEDARVILLE (KFSM) – A Friday morning fire destroyed the home of the former Cedarville treasurer accused of stealing $300,000 from the city. Firefighters responded around 9 a.m. to the house fire at 336 Arkansas 162 in Cedarville. That address is listed in property records as belonging to Alicson Reding, the former Cedarville official who an audit states issued $295,880 in authorized checks between 2008 and 2014. Cedarville Fire Department and several other area agencies responded to the scene and knocked […]

  • Annual Crime Reports Dip In Paris

    PARIS, ARKANSAS (KFSM)- Crime reports have dropped 42-percent over the last year. The police chief credits this to staff changes and more involvement in the community. “I’ve discovered that I had some officers that were giving us for whatever reason a black eye, and rather than being pro-community they were belittling the community, and so they’ve had to go,” Chief John O’Brien said. In 2013, 869 crimes were reported. In 2014 there were 505. “Just being seen by the public […]

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    Three Simple Ways To Winterize Your Car

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Winter and the road conditions that come with it can take a toll on your car. Experts say issues come up especially when temperatures plunge below freezing. “Extreme cold takes its toll on a car whether it be the antifreeze, whether it be a battery because a battery that’s on a border line of failing, on a real cold morning like 10, 15 or 20 degrees, it’s gonna fail,” Greg Whitsitt, owner Greg’s Too Car Care Center said. […]

  • Fort Smith City Leaders Vote Down Cemetery Fee Increase

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted against raising fees at a city-owned cemetery Tuesday (Jan. 6) night. The proposal was voted down 5 to 2. The cemetery fee increase had been suggested as a way to add city revenue after the Board of Directors passed a budget last month for 2015 in a 4-3 vote. “We realize we operated a public cemetery at Oak Cemetery, and we wanted to be able to still offer a more […]

  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Visit Fort Smith

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will headline the inaugural Winthrop Paul Rockefeller distinguished lecture series on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986, and is the Supreme Court’s longest serving justice. “He has served on the Supreme Court for 27 years, and we thought that he would be such an appropriate person to address the history of the U.S. Marshal`s and the judicial system,” Jim Dunn, President and CEO of the […]


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