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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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    Boy Who Fell From White Rock Mountain Still In Critical Condition, 911 Call Released

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) – An eight-year-old boy who fell from a bluff at White Rock Mountain on Friday (March 20) is still in critical condition, authorities say. The boy and a 35-year-old man identified as Shane Trotter were with a Tulsa camping group when they fell 60 feet off a bluff near the gazebo on White Rock Mountain. The father was dead when first responders arrived, and the child was airlifted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock in critical […]

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    Officials Respond To Fire At Van Buren Sand Plant

    VAN BUREN (KFSM) – Officials responded to a fire at the Arkhola Sand & Gravel Company on Wednesday afternoon (March 25). The call for the fire came in around 12:05 p.m., officials said. The fire was contained by 12:50 p.m. and started when some plastic storage bags caught fire. Fire Marshal Stanley Clark said he believes the cause is electrical in nature. The area was evacuated as a precaution, fire personnel said. “Everyone just kind of evacuated from the area – […]

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    Fort Smith Police Search for Gunman After Overnight Shooting

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – Fort Smith Police are searching for a gunman after an overnight shooting that happened at the Pho Vietnam Restaurant in the 2200 block of Rogers Avenue. Sgt. Waymon Parker with Fort Smith Police said the shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday night (Mar. 24). The owner Erick Nguyen and his wife said they were inside Pho Vietnam Restaurant when they heard gunshots. He was able to get to a window safely where he saw a black […]

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    Safety Precautions In The Wake Of Deadly Fall

    FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM)- An 8-year-old boy is still in critical condition Monday (March 23) after falling more than 50 feet from a bluff near Ozark. “It’s treacherous, very treacherous,” David Sutter, Franklin County OEM Training Officer said. “We train to be comfortable in those situations.” The Franklin County Office of Emergency Management was sent to White Rock Mountain near the gazebo at 9:15 p.m. Friday (March 20). “Once we got on scene it took us less than 30 minutes to […]

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    Final Day Of The Arkansas River Valley Lawn And Garden Show

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Sunday (March 22) was the third and final day of the Arkansas River Valley Lawn and Garden Show. Festivities kicked off at 10 a.m. and wrapped up at 5 p.m. The event had around 50 vendors, featuring educational opportunities, flower displays and outdoor products. The show took place at the Fort Smith Convention Center. This year’s theme was “Birds, Bees and Butterflies.” 5NEWS spoke to vendor Doug Lively about his bee-keeping display he’s had at the event for […]

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    Dozens Of Kids Participate In Easter Parade At Central Mall

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The Easter Bunny was the star of a parade taking place at Central Mall Saturday morning (March 21). Dozens of kids ages ten and under lined up just before 10 a.m. to participate in all the fun. Before meeting the Easter Bunny, the kids first decorated a hat or bonnet to wear in the parade. Then they marched to Center Court. Organizers said this is the first time the mall has hosted an Easter Parade. 5NEWS asked […]

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    Flu Season Hits Hardest In Oklahoma, Arkansas

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A new report out Tuesday (March 17) shows Arkansas and Oklahoma experienced the highest flu activity in the country this season. The Walgreens End of Season Report  also shows Fort Smith-Fayetteville ranked as the 5th highest area hit by the virus.  The report also ranks the top ten states, and shows Oklahoma was hit the worst; Arkansas came in second. Dr. Lee Johnson has worked at Sparks Regional Medical Center for 16 years and said this is […]

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    Fluoride To Soon Be Added To Greenwood’s Water Supply

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)-Construction is underway to get fluoride pumping through the city’s water supply. This comes after the state passed a law requiring water plants that serve more than 5,000 people to add the ingredient to their system. Mayor Doug Kinslow said fluoride will be in Greenwood’s water in a matter of one to two months. “We’re just gonna go ahead and prepare to do what we know is the law now, so if it turns out we get to opt […]


    Powdered Alcohol Could Hit Store Shelves By Summer

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)- A powder form of alcohol could be in stores as early as this summer, after it was legalized by the federal government earlier this month. It’s called Palcohol. According to the company’s website, it’s a powder that can be mixed with water to create an alcoholic drink. “I think it’s just extremely dangerous,” Amy Finn, a concerned parent said. “We have enough ways that kids are getting themselves in trouble with drugs and alcohol, and they don’t […]

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    Officials Respond To Gas Spill In Greenwood

    GREENWOOD (KFSM) – Fire officials responded to a gas spill in Greenwood on Monday morning (March 16) at 9 a.m. The spill happened at Flash Market  at 129 W. Center St., according to fire personnel. The overflow valve popped off of the tanker refilling gas tanks at the station, spilling gallons of gas, according to Greenwood Fire Chief Stewart Bryan. The area is blocked off at the gas station, but everything is contained, Bryan said. According to fire personnel, a […]

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    Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase In Washington County, Police Say

    WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM)-A man is in custody after a high-speed chase that began on Interstate 49, according to Arkansas State Police. ASP is in the process of putting together a release with more information. Stay with 5NEWS as this story develops.

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    Shantytown Participants Exceed Fundraising Goal

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)-A group of Southside High School students spent the night (March 14) learning what it’s like to be homeless, and it was all for a good cause. Students experienced what it was like to live in a “Shantytown” by sleeping in makeshift shelters composed of cardboard and duct tape. Despite the rain and chilly temperatures, Chapter President Kaersti McLellan said 80 students participated. “It definitely is kind of an enlightening experience, and it opens your eyes,”i McLellan said. […]


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