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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. 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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    Clarksville School District Seeks Millage Increase For Upgrades

    CLARKSVILLE (KFSM)–Starting next week, voters will decide whether they want to pay for a new high school and make other upgrades in their school district. The Clarksville School District is asking residents for a 7.9 millage increase. Superintendent Dr. David Hopkins said they would use the money to build a new high school and a new gym that would double as a tornado shelter. “We feel like that is a very important addition,” Dr. Hopkins said. “We wanna get it […]

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    Army Combat Engineer Teams Compete At Fort Chaffee

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM) — Some of the best Army Combat Engineer Teams from across the country are at Fort Chaffee competing in the second annual Sapper Stakes Competition Tuesday morning (Sept. 1) . 18 teams, from both the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, are putting their teamwork and knowledge of explosives, weapons, route clearance and urban welfare to the test, according to Lt. Col. Dwight Ikenberry. “Throughout the competition, the soldiers will compete in a variety of individual […]

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    Bear Found In Greenwood Woman’s Backyard Relocated

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A woman found a black bear cub stuck in one of her trees. The mama bear was nowhere to be found. Denise Hurd spotted the bear in her backyard on Dogwood Street just after 12 p.m. Monday (August 31). “I was shocked,” Hurd said. “I was like, ‘Wow, I gotta go tell my dad’, so I ran in the house and told my dad, ‘There`s a bear in the tree.’ He goes, ‘There`s a bear?’ I said, […]

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    Deputies: Man In Custody After Crashing Into Fort Smith Home, Injuring Girl

    SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — A girl is recovering after a man crashed his vehicle into a home following a pursuit Saturday (Aug. 29), according to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Just after midnight on Saturday, a deputy attempted to stop a car at the intersection of S. 31st and Highway 71 South, but the driver fled, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Investigators said the suspect drove into a neighborhood area and lost control of his vehicle crashing […]

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    Fort Smith Restaurant Hosts Pancake Breakfast In Support Of Breast Cancer Awareness

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Dozens of people made their way out to River City Deli Saturday (August 29) for a pancake breakfast all in support of a good cause. Patrons could enjoy pancakes made from scratch for $10 a plate. Event organizers said a percentage of the money will go back to the Ozark affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “With Komen, 75-percent of the funds we raise stay local, and that’s a really unique thing for any organization that’s the size of […]

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    Deputies Help Citizens Sign Up For Smart911 In Greenwood

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)– The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know about a free service that could help authorities in emergency situations. It’s called Smart911. “Smart911 is a system in which individuals or citizens can actually sign up information about themselves to help law enforcement or emergency services, whether fire or ambulance to quickly and more effectively respond,” Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck said. The sheriff’s office set up a command post at the Greenwood Courthouse Wednesday (August 26) morning. Then they […]

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    Train Cars At Chaffee Crossing Lead To Conspiracy Theories

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM)– Dozens of train cars sitting in the middle of Chaffee Crossing have been creating conspiracy theories in the area. “These train cars have been here for about a month, and what they`re doing I don`t really know,” said Phillip Taylor, retired lawyer. “I suspect that they`ve had something in them, but I think they`re empty now.” Many inquiring minds like Taylor’s have been wondering why the train cars are sitting there, so 5NEWS decided to find out. […]

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    Financial Advisor Weighs In On Stock Market Plunge

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Linda Person and her husband, the owners of Cardinal Motors for nearly 40 years, both follow the stock market closely, so Monday’s (August 24) plunge definitely had them paying attention. “I am not overly concerned about it right now,” Person said. “Now if it went down to 6,000, if the Dow went down to 6,000 again, I wouldd probably really be buying. I would be borrowing money to buy.” Person said she and her husband plan […]

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    4-H Kids Compete In Horse Show At The Sebastian County Fairgrounds

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) — A horse show and parade took place at the Sebastian County Fairgrounds Saturday (August 22). The halter mare class was the first category to compete. The competitors lead the horses as they were judged based on their conformation. 11-year-old Kennedy Holland won first place in her class and the grand prize in the halter show. She said this is her first competition and she spent a lot of time after school practicing. “At first it was not […]

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    Early Morning Accident Kills Pedestrian, Victim Identified

    BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– An investigation is underway after a pedestrian was hit and killed early Saturday morning (August 22). Arkansas State Police have identified 29-year-old Ryan Dame of Fort Smith, as the victim. The accident happened around 3 a.m. along Interstate 49 South near mile-marker 75, according to ASP. A police report states a 2015 GMC Sierra, driven by James Freeman of Springdale, was headed southbound on I-49 when Dame entered the roadway from the east side. Investigators state Freeman was […]

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    Construction For 70 Store Shopping Center In Barling Expected To Begin Next Year

    BARLING (KFSM)- A lot at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 22 in Chaffee Crossing will soon be home to an 800,000 sq. ft. shopping center. “People in Barling are really excited about it because of the real-estate taxes and sales taxes that`ll be generated,” Executive Director Ivy Owen, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority said. “We`re excited because it`s happening. It`s a mall.” Owen said the project’s developer paid more than $1 million for the land, and the project itself […]

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    Trial Begins For Woman Accused Of Leaving Teen In Ditch After ATV Accident

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM) — The trial for a woman who is accused of leaving a 16-year-old boy in a ditch for hours following an ATV accident began Monday (August 17) in Sequoyah County. Angela Gray was arrested in August 2014 and is facing several charges, including felony leaving the scene of an accident, according to the Sequoyah County Court Clerk. Christian Mayberry, who was 16 at the time, was critically injured in September 2013 when an ATV ran off a […]


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