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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.

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    St. Louis police buy ice cream truck to hand out free treats at events

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – You can now get to know a St. Louis Police officer by visiting them in their new ice cream truck. “Operation Polar Cops” is a unique tool for local law enforcement to engage with the community. They will be giving out free ice cream treats at events at parks and schools in St. Louis. A press release from police says the truck provides, “A fun environment for citizens to have positive interactions with officers.”  Police […]

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    Clean-up continues from July 13th storm

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Nearly two weeks after the July 13th storm leveled hundreds of trees and knocked out power for more than 200,000 customers in the St. Louis area, the storm debris cleanup continues. People are wondering what’s taking so long. People may not like the answer but here it is:  volume.  Even though the storm may not have seemed that bad by St. Louis standards, the mess it left behind really is that bad. So, 12 days after […]

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    Local NBA enthusiast pushing for All-Star Game to come to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – In the wake of losing our NFL football team, Dre Montez, a businessman and sports-talk radio host, is on a crusade to bring one of the NBA’s premier events to St. Louis. The NBA recently announced plans to pull this year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Montez, currently between sports-talk jobs, started thinking, “bring it to St. Louis.” You may recognize Montez. He runs the Call-A-Cart golf cart shuttle service in downtown St. Louis. […]

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    Legends of the Dome brings former Rams back to the field

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Rams are gone but football is coming back to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The legends from the Rams’ heyday in St. Louis are coming back, too. Former Rams great, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, has been on a mission to bring St. Louis Rams legends back to the dome for one last game. And he’s pulled it off. There are the big names like Warner, Holt, Pace, Aeneas Williams, along with favorites like […]

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    Beverly Hills joins North County Police Cooperative

    BEVERLY HILLS, MO (KPLR) – Another one of those tiny police departments in St. Louis County has just disappeared. The North County Police Cooperative has now taken over policing in seven municipalities. Beverly Hills and Velda Village Hills are the latest to go. These are areas where police were known mostly for writing tickets, said Coop Police Chief, Tim Swope.  Not anymore, he said. Driving near Lucas and Hunt and Natural Bridge in North County, the municipalities come every few […]

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    Outrage erupts over ‘Caucasian Privilege for Good’ article in church flier

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – There is outrage over a Sunday church bulletin from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Parish in O’Fallon, Missouri. An article in the weekly flier offered tips for white people to be better allies against police for African-Americans. About a thousand copies of the bulletin were distributed after Sunday masses before some alerted Fr. Mitch Doyen, the parish pastor. He’d been out of town all week and had no idea the article was in there, he said. […]

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    Surveillance video shows driver leaving accident scene that seriously injured 2 women

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Fox 2 obtained surveillance video of a hit and run crash that left two St. Louis women seriously hurt, Friday night. There’s hope the video will lead police to the driver who just kept going and left the women trapped inside a mangled car. It happened just before 10 o’clock Jennings Station Road and Bircher in Pine Lawn. The video shows a car cross Jennings Station and clipping 26 year old Vanetress McKinney’s car, which ends […]

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    Teen good Samaritan returns wallet filled with thousands of dollars

    A teenager finds more than $2,200 blowing around the streets in north St. Louis County on a street off St. Charles Rock Road in St. John. A home improvement contractor lost the money. Now he wants to hire the young man who made sure he got it back. Andy Banker has more on this story.

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    Joe Buck offers ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ shout-out to O’Fallon girl at All-Star Game

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – What a moment! The name of 9-year old Keira Stout of O’Fallon, Missouri lit up television screens around the world Tuesday night during the All-Star Game’s Stand-Up-to-Cancer event. Everyone saw Joe Buck holding up Keira’s name. Keira’s cancer was discovered two years ago. Chemotherapy put it into remission, knocking the cancer out of her arm, lungs, and bone marrow. But she relapsed in March. Cancer has returned to her pelvis and sternum. But Keira’s got a […]

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    Roofer moved by desperate plea, gives cancer patient a new roof

    DE SOTO, MO (KPLR) – New roof, no charge:  it was an answer to a desperate plea on Facebook from a DeSoto woman. Joanna Wiley is a mom. Her roof was leaking right over her 3-year-old daughter Taylor’s bed. Wiley tried to fix it and things got much worse with the roof and Joanna’s health. She almost lost hope; almost. Her life had hit rock bottom when she hit her front porch falling from her ladder after trying to fix […]

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    Naked gunman wounded by police in East St. Louis dies at hospital

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – Residents awoke to a naked gun-man terrorizing their neighborhood Monday morning.  Police wounded the man during the altercation. The suspect has been identified as Jason Brooks, 41, of East. St. Louis.  He died Monday afternoon at the hospital. An East St. Louis Police Sergeant, with more than 20 years on the force, was among two officers who opened fire on the suspect. Neighbors near the intersection of 16th and Gaty called to report the gunfire. […]

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    Bumps already forming on Hwy 364 at Highway K overpass

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Less than two years old and safety warnings are being posted on a St. Charles County expressway. A message board tells drivers to use “extreme caution” on the final piece of the Page Avenue extension. It’s a heavily traveled stretch of highway: Eastbound 364 at the Highway K overpass. It just opened in the fall of 2014 and already there are a couple of big bumps that can knock you for a loop if […]


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