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From the River Valley to the Northwest corner, I am beyond happy to call Fort Smith, AR my home. After moving to the area in the spring of 2012, I am completely in love with the city. I’m ecstatic to be covering news in both Arkansas and Oklahoma, and feel extremely lucky to be doing what I love everyday.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I began my broadcasting career in college at the University of Missouri both reporting and anchoring for KOMU, Columbia’s NBC affiliate. I graduated with honors and with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. I also studied Spanish in college, becoming fluent in both writing and speaking the language. Even though I don’t live in Kansas City anymore, I'll forever be rooting for the Royals, Chiefs and Tigers – no matter what their current record may be.

I also spent a little over a year working with WDAF in Kansas City. During my time there, I covered several big stories. The most memorable was when I was on the ground, talking with people in Joplin, Mo., after one of the deadliest tornadoes ever recorded ripped through the city.

When I'm not telling stories, I'm sharing them on Facebook. Share a story with me on my page. I’m also constantly updating my viewers about my stories via Twitter.

I have a true passion for storytelling and believe that everyone has a story. I would love to hear yours. If you have an idea, share it with me anytime at Meredith.Baldwin@kfsm.com.

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    Clarksville Teachers Unarmed on First Day of Class

    School safety is still a top priority at one River Valley school district. With kids headed back to class in Clarksville, administrators say they’re still working to be able to arm faculty and staff. However, that plan’s been put on hold. Over the summer, administrators at the district worked to come up with security plans in case students lives are ever threatened, according to Superintendent David Hopkins. More than 20 teachers and staff members were trained on a professional level […]

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    Divers Search Pond for Possible Homicide Victim

    A dive team began searching a pond near a rock quarry east of Ozark for a possible homicide victim Friday (Aug. 16), according to Franklin County Sheriff Anthony Boen. Boen said they received a tip that a body may have been dumped in the water and that a dive team with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission is searching the water. The dive team is searching for the body of Regina Woodward, of Ozark, who went missing in July, Boen […]

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    Narcotics Agents Train in Oklahoma

    From rappelling out of helicopters to serving search warrants, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics conducted a tactical training exercise Thursday (Aug. 15) in southeastern Oklahoma. The narcotics agents demonstrated how they use different techniques to bust large-scale marijuana growing operations across the state. Authorities from Sequoyah and LeFlore Counties, as well as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and their helicopter, were on hand to help with the exercise. “The helicopter is a huge asset to us,” said OBN director Darrell Weaver. […]

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    Board Says No to Arming Clarksville Teachers

    The Clarksville School district will not have armed faculty and staff serving as security guards when school starts next week. The decision was made Wednesday (Aug. 14) morning after the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies met in Little Rock, according to a report from our CBS affiliate THV 11. The board voted to suspend the licenses of school staff and faculty members registered with the state as “security personnel.” The program will be suspended for two […]

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    Two Killed in Kibler Car Accident

    A single car accident in the River Valley killed two women Monday night (Aug. 13), authorities said. The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 162 and North Cedar Avenue in Kibler around 9:30 p.m., according to Arkansas State Police. “I heard a big boom and then another boom,” said Glen Coldiron, who lives on the property where the accident happened. “I came out and smoke was going everywhere.” Coldiron said he saw a red Chevrolet car sitting on top […]

  • Hearing Set for Accused Killer in LeFlore County

    Legal proceedings are underway for a LeFlore County man accused of killing a Poteau bar owner in 2009 after an arrest was made in the four-year-old cold case last week. Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron, Okla., appeared in court Monday (Aug. 12) for a pretrial hearing where he asked Judge Jeffery Singer for a court-appointed attorney. Nichols was arrested on a first degree murder charge in the death of 62-year-old Joe Neff on Aug. 8, authorities said.  Later that […]

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    LeFlore County Commissioners to Reduce Speed Limit on Some Roads

    LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said Monday (Aug. 12) county commissioners will lower the speed limits on roads in the northern part of the county due to constant complaints of speeding in the area. Most are dropping from 45 mph to between 30 and 35 mph. The condition of the county roads also contributed to the change. “I just don’t want another fatality on our roads,” Seale said. Currently, unmarked county roads are 45 mph after a resolution passed in Oct. […]

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    Arrest Made in LeFlore County Cold Case

    An arrest has been made in a 2009 murder case in LeFlore County, in which a local bar owner went missing and was later found dead with a gunshot wound. Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron, Okla., was arrested on a first degree murder charge in the death of 62-year-old Joe Neff on Aug. 8, according to Sheriff Rob Seale. Nichols is Neff’s former brother-in-law, according to family members. “They arrested my uncle for murdering my dad,” said Marie Pritchford, […]

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    Missing Panama Man Found

    A missing Panama, Okla., man was found Thursday afternoon (Aug. 8), according to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan. James McCage, 50, was found by Panama Police near the sewer lagoons around 1:30 p.m., Morgan said. He was dehydrated and disoriented. McCage wandered away from his home on Louisiana Street in Panama Wednesday afternoon, according to family members. He suffered a stroke at the beginning of the year and has dementia, the family says. He is also diabetic and partially blind, […]

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    Chief Edwards: “I’m Back in Charge”

    A Sequoyah County judge issued an order Tuesday (Aug. 6) in favor of embattled Sallisaw Police Chief Shaloa Edwards who filed a civil suit against the city. Judge Holli Wells’ order gives Edwards permission to return to his post. In the order, the judge states that the 90 day emergency period allowing Baker to supervise the department has since passed and has not been renewed to her knowledge, therefore restoring Edwards as police chief. “I’m the chief and I’m back in […]

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    Bank Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In

    A second suspect in a Fort Smith bank robbery turned himself in to authorities Wednesday morning (August 7). Police say 20-year-old Brandon Tre Veon Knauls declined to talk to investigators after walking in to the Fort Smith Police Department to surrender, according to a police report. He had a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated robbery. Knauls is being held at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on a $75,000 bond. Fort Smith Police arrested 19-year-old Jeremiah Franklin on […]

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    Clarksville Schools to Arm Staff Once Licenses Approved

    The Clarksville School District says they’re still planning to arm teachers and faculty this upcoming school year. Their security plan hit a snag last Thursday (Aug. 1) after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel released an opinion which says Arkansas law allowing private businesses to provide armed security does not extend to Arkansas Schools. “We do not agree with the Attorney General’s original opinion that we cannot hold that security license,” Superintendent David Hopkins said. “We believe we do have the authority, […]


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