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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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    Sheriff: Two Logan County Inmates Walked Out Front Door; One Captured

    LOGAN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Logan County Sheriff’s Office captured one of two escaped inmates Tuesday night (June 28). According to Sheriff Boyd Hicks, Zackary Coffer, 19, was rearrested by deputies around 9:30 p.m. near Wiggins Drive in Paris. The other escaped inmate, Shaun Higham, 45, remains at large. “Coffer was caught about half a mile from the detention facility, so in 12 hours they moved about half a mile,” Hicks said. “We think that’s because they both lost their […]

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    Exide Fort Smith Breaks Ground On $30 Million Expansion Project

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—A local plant that makes battery systems for U.S. Navy submarines is planning a $30.7 million expansion. “Those batteries are produced right here in Fort Smith that help power the fleet,” engineering manager Kevin Settle said. Exide Technologies will use the cost-sharing grant to expand its Fort Smith battery manufacturing plant. “This is a starting point and a foundation that we can build on for future growth, so it`s critical for us,” Vic Koelsch said. Koelsch is Exide’s […]

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    5NEWS Exclusive: Woman Adopts Dog Diagnosed With Distemper

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—As the Sebastian County Humane Society deals with dozens of cases of canine distemper, the owner of a dog that had to be put down a short time after she adopted him spoke exclusively with 5NEWS on Monday (June 27). “They called and let me know, this distemper case happened there, and bring him in for a booster, so they offered at that point if we wanted to give him back and get a refund, and I was […]

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    Man Charged With Conspiracy In Christian Mayberry Case Arrested For Public Intoxication

    SEQUOYAH COUNTY (KFSM)– A man set to stand trial for a conspiracy charge in the case involving a teenager who was severely injured in an ATV crash in 2013, was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication. A deputy arrested Kyle Brannon, 21, around 7 p.m. Saturday (June 25), according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. It happened in the Belfonte area, which is north of Roland. The sheriff said Brannon was standing outside his pickup getting a beer out […]

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    Sequoyah County Boys And Girls Club On 5NEWS This Morning

    RIVER VALLEY (KFSM)–It’s so much about sports as it is about learning at this United Way of Fort Smith Area Agency. In the video above, 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb has more on what’s going on at the Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club.

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    Greenwood Mayor Discusses Proposed Plans For Municipal Park

    GREENWOOD (KFSM)—The city wants to bring a municipal park to the area. If it’s approved by taxpayers, the park would have baseball and softball fields, a swimming pool and several other amenities. “If we can provide a facility a little bit more state of the art, we feel like our kids deserve the best that we can provide,” Mayor Doug Kinslow said. Proposed plans show three four-plex baseball fields (for a total of 12 fields), a pool, splash pad and […]

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    Distemper Outbreak Requires Local Humane Society To Continue Hold On Dog Adoptions

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Dog adoptions at the Sebastian County Humane Society will be suspended longer than expected because of a distemper outbreak in some of their dogs. In the last two weeks, 15 dogs at the shelter have been euthanized because they had canine distemper, according to executive director Joseph Sprague . “It comes in with a stray off the street that brings the disease into the shelter,” Sprague said. “Unfortunately, you don`t catch it right away because it can take […]

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    Reaction Motorsports Club To Hold Race Car Driving Event Next Weekend

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–It’s an event that has taken place for years in locations surrounding the area, but never in Fort Smith. 5NEWS Anchor Daren Bobb sat down with Gary Hays with the Reaction Motorsports Club to talk about how you can become a race car driver on Saturday, June 25th.

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    United Way Day Of Action Coming Up Next Week

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)–Many have heard of United Way’s Day of Caring, but have you heard about the United Way Day of Action? It’s coming up Tuesday, June 21. You can learn more about what’s on the agenda for the day by watching the segment above.

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    Couple Accused Of Terroristic Threatening Taken Into Custody For Questioning By FBI

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) —Fayetteville Police took Alan and Daphne Crawford into custody at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (June 18). They were found near Academy on Steale Blvd. near the Northwest Arkansas Mall, according to Sgt. Craig Stout. The Crawfords are currently waiting at the Fayetteville Police Department to be questioned by the FBI. A spokesperson for the FBI issued the following statement: “The two individuals were arrested with the assistance of state and local partners as part of an ongoing federal investigation. […]

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    EMS, Police Warn About Being In Excessive Heat Too Long

    FORT CHAFFEE (KFSM)—Officials said paramedics went out to Fort Chaffee’s Training Base several times on Tuesday (June 15) because of soldiers experiencing problems in the heat. “Those guys are America`s heroes and they`re going to train harder than anybody,” Keith Lindley said. “We had a a soldier that died out there yesterday, so the most important thing is finding out what happened to him, and I`m not saying that it’s heat-related, but it very well may have played a part […]

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    Fort Smith Police Department Gets New SUVs Despite Tight Budget

    FORT SMITH (KFSM)—Despite a tight budget, the Fort Smith Police Department has new Tahoes patrolling the streets. “We were authorized to purchase five vehicles with the 2015 budget, but through judicious spending and some changes in how they spent money, they got seven cars,” Cpl. Barbara Williams said. Cpl. Williams said there are only two of the new Tahoes is use right now, but no money was allotted for cars in the 2016 budget. “We have new cars, but they`re […]

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