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Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: andy.banker@tvstl.com

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    Mom stranded in St. Louis after oxygen tank fails test by airline

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KPLR) – A mother-daughter reunion turned into a nightmare at Lambert Airport, Wednesday. The mother, Brenda Russell, 58, who is disabled, was on a plane to see her daughter in Orlando, FL, Wednesday morning. She was still in St. Louis Wednesday night, after getting booted from the flight. Russell has leukemia, diabetes, and heart issues. This was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime, to spend three weeks with her daughter, Brittney Tamang, in Florida. “I would […]

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    St. Clair County announces plan to combat voter fraud and voter suppression

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Donald Trump’s repeated charges of a “rigged election” ring hollow in the St. Louis area. Authorities in Belleville have just announced a plan to combat voter fraud and voter suppression. They do expect to turn up handful of cases but not evidence of a rigged system. With “early voting”, polls have been open in St. Clair County for almost 20 days with about 9,000 votes cast. As of Tuesday, there had been no cases of […]

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    St. Louis charity is fighting to get food aid to hurricane victims in Haiti

    (KPLR) – A St. Louis charity is fighting to get lifesaving food to hurricane victims in Haiti.   It’s no easy task. The charity is called “Meds and Foods for Kids“.  It’s based in Clayton with a factory in Haiti. Hurricane Matthew spared the factory, but roads are a mess and now there’s the threat of bandits stealing the food. Dr. Patricia Wolff, the pediatrician and founder of Meds and Food for Kids is orchestrating relief efforts there from her Clayton […]

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    Doctor claims City Museum founders death was not an accident

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Newly released photos and a new medical report suggest the death of City Museum creator, Bob Cassilly, was not an accident. Cassilly died five years ago.  St. Louis Police concluded he was killed when his bulldozer tumbled down a hill. When you see the photos, you get an idea why Cassilly’s widow, Giovanna, “Gigi” Zompa Cassilly, claims Cassilly was beaten to death, then placed in his bulldozer to make it look like an accident. The most […]

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    City Museum founder Bob Cassilly’s death was no accident, doctor claims

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Bob Cassilly was found dead September 26, 2011 inside the cab of a bulldozer at a property in north St. Louis, which the City Museum founder was working to turn into a new attraction called Cementland. Cassilly was 61. In the weeks and months that followed, the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office determined Cassilly’s death to be a tragic accident; his tractor had rolled down a hill and overturned several times. But Cassilly’s widow, Melissa Giovanna […]

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    Columbus statue vandalized with red paint in Tower Grove Park

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – On this Columbus Day, St. Louis Police were looking for vandals who defaced a historic statue of Christopher Columbus. They painted the statue and marble base bright red. The statue is more than 130 years old.  It’s been fixture in Tower Grove Park near the entrance off of South Grand.  Whether you care for Columbus, the statue is seen as a celebration of Italian-American heritage in St. Louis. People woke up to find the statue coated […]

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    Mother fights off home intruder to save son

    CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – It was frightening “after-school” home invasion in Cahokia. A mother found a strange man in her home in the 100 block of Lazarcheff holding her son, 8, with his hand over the boy’s mouth, she said. Latasha Frison had just walked her son home from school, she said.  He was in the living room. She briefly walked out. She came back into the room and he wasn’t alone, she said. I was very scared.  He had […]

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    St. Mary’s students invest time and sweat in beautifying neighborhoods surrounding high school

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Hundreds of high school students took a break from the books, Monday, and got to work remaking their neighborhood in South St. Louis. They called the effort, “Our Side, SouthSide”. It was pencils down and shovels up for about 400 students and staff from St. Mary’s Catholic High School.  They left their classrooms and hit the neighborhoods surrounding their school.  The sight of it moved at least 1 resident to tears. There were bright green shirts […]

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    ‘Creepy clown hunting’ has police concerned for innocent bystanders

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – There are creepy clown sightings from Granite city to Rolla. Police have investigated and found no evidence to support them. The biggest concern now may not be clowns but the way people are responding. Pevely Police say people are “arming” themselves and going out looking for clowns. Even if these sightings are part of some sick joke, people are scared. one teen who asked that we not use her name, says her cat was just […]

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    Police officer shares secret to good community policing

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – An Arkansas cop is getting the VIP treatment in St. Louis.  Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department is famous for his viral Facebook , Twitter and Instagram posts. For the first time, he’s left Arkansas to share his approach to a job that seems to be tougher than ever. To him, it just shouldn’t be that way. He started posting videos of his trip from the airport. He was cracking up his comrades as he […]

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    St. Louis city police department opens new drug drop-off box

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s a first for the City of St. Louis in the battle to stop deadly drug overdoses. St. Louis Police now have a 24-7 drug drop-off site. An alarming climb in overdose deaths has led to the new plan of attack. According to the National Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (NCADA) there were 152 overdose deaths in the St. Louis region in 2007.  Last year there were more than 500 – all from prescription opiates, […]

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    Special pancake breakfast for St. Peters girl battling cancer

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – There is a groundswell of support for a St. Peters girl fighting cancer. You may remember, Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck held up the name of Keira Stout during baseball’s All-Star game. Now there’s a new chapter in the #KeiraStrong movement. Keira’s cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, did not respond well to clinical trial, but the 9-year-old has a new treatment protocol and a lot of friends. One of them has big plans for her Saturday at her favorite […]