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Some folks are born curious. I plead guilty to that. A strong sense of curiosity and a commitment to public service have fueled my interest in news reporting.

My first assignment was writing stories about my junior high for the Tonawanda (NY) News. After heading west to major in journalism at the University of Missouri, I found my first TV job in St. Louis. Women TV reporters were oddities then, but when I started on the air in 1971, St. Louis audiences kindly accepted my work.

KTVI hired me in 1989 to anchor weekend news and cover government consumer stories for Contact 2. Today, my assignments include general news, politics and education stories.

From the Flood of ’93 to the Pope’s visit – from presidential nominating conventions to stories of personal adversity and courage – TV news reporting gives me a front row seat for history in the making!

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

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    Metro East family’s long-standing service in Illinois State Police comes to an end

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A local Metro East family is closing the book on its service to the Illinois State Police. When Acting Captain Dave Bivens retires Friday, he will be the last of his family to leave the service. Together seven of them have provided 178 years of active duty, sworn service as Illinois State police officers. The family’s commitment to law-enforcement began in 1955, when Bevins’ uncle first joined the state police. His dad, Jim Bivens Sr., soon […]

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    Mizzou students report racial slurs shouted from fraternity

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (KPLR) – Officials at the University of Missouri in Columbia are investigating allegations that student directed verbal racial slurs at African American students Tuesday night. Campus police were called to the Delta Upsilon fraternity house at 711 Tiger Avenue to deal with the incident. Members of the Legion of Black Collegians issued a statement saying at one point a police officer put his hand on his gun when talking to an African-American student. The national office of Delta Upsilon […]

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    Voters begin casting absentee ballots for president in Missouri

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Hours after the first presidential debate concluded, absentee balloting in person began in Missouri. But the time to register to vote is running out. It’s that time of year when our mailboxes are stuffed with political literature. Some folks with legal reasons to vote absentee in Missouri actually cast ballots Tuesday at St. Louis County’s new absentee voting location next to the Motor Vehicle License Office at Deer Creek Plaza in Maplewood. In order to […]

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    Parents die during vacation to Disney World from Missouri

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Relatives and friends of a Leadwood, MO couple are mourning their deaths in a car accident in Florida. Greg and Sarah Moyers had taken their two young daughters on a dream vacation to Disney World and were on the way to the beach when another car struck them and forced them off the road. Florida’s Highway Patrol says the parents died instantly. The girls, 13-year-old Haley Moyers and her sister 8-year old Sophia were in […]

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    Funeral services announced for Collinsville freshman Tray Turner

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – High school homecomings are usually a time for reunions and creating lasting memories. But on Friday evening, those in attendance at Collinsville High School’s homecoming football game will be recognizing the loss of a young life in what’s been called a tragic accident. It was just before lunchtime Tuesday at the high school when freshman Tray Turner was heading down the stairs from the second floor to the first; somehow he fell over the banister and […]

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    Maintenance worker discovers bodies in Alton apartment

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – Autopsies are scheduled Friday morning for a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a first floor apartment in Alton. The two had collapsed on the kitchen floor in a three-family building in the 1500 block of Sparks. A maintenance man discovered them and called police. Katrina Caldwell, a neighbor, said the woman had a 2-year-old daughter. The child was not present in the apartment. “I was the last person to see them alive. […]

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    Student dies from injuries after fall at Collinsville High School

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Collinsville High School student who suffered severe injuries after falling earlier this week has died. Tray Turner was hospitalized in St. Louis after falling from a staircase at the high school Monday. The Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 is deeply saddened by his loss. “Each student is special and Tray will be missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends,” the school released in a statement. Thursday’s homecoming parade has been cancelled. The homecoming football game, […]

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    Student suffers severe injuries in fall at Collinsville HS

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A Collinsville high school student is hospitalized in St. Louis with severe injuries suffered Monday in a fall from a staircase at the high school. Superintendent Bob Green said the boy fell over a banister from the second floor.  Two students were nearby and raced for help from teachers. The teen was airlifted by ARCH helicopter from the school’s football field. Collinsville Police Chief Steve Evans said “We have no reason to believe this was anything […]

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    Missouri lawmakers override some of Gov. Nixon’s vetos

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Gun safety advocates levied harsh criticism against the Missouri legislature Wednesday night after lawmakers moved to strip the gun permit portion from the state’s conceal and carry law. According to the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Missouri now becomes the first new “stand your ground” state since the death of Treyvon Martin. Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed Senate Bill 656 arguing the original conceal and carry law was a […]

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    Suspect caught on surveillance video placing suspicious device near school

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) –  St. Louis County police now say there were two suspicious packages left at the front door of a north county elementary school last week. The first one ignited and caused a small explosion breaking glass and producing some smoke. That triggered a fire alarm and prompted school administrators to evacuate the students and staff. Original reports indicated there was just one package. The regional Bomb and Arson unit determined that one was not dangerous. Authorities, […]

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    Missouri Court of Appeals hears challenge to 78th District House election

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It is up to three Missouri Court of Appeals judges to decide whether a special election in a Democratic primary should proceed on Friday. A circuit judge ordered the remake special election for the 78th Missouri House District nomination. Incumbent State Representative Penny Hubbard won the August race. However, challenger and fellow Democrat Bruce Franks charged the St Louis City Election Board violated state law in the way it handled absentee votes cast at the election […]

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    Absentee voting begins in Dem primary do-over for Missouri 78th District

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Absentee voting starts Thursday in the new Democratic primary election ordered for Missouri’s 78th District House of Representatives Seat. The results of the original election were thrown out by a judge. The election pits Democratic incumbent Penny Hubbard against political newcomer Bruce Franks. Hubbard won the primary, but Franks sued after questions arose about how absentee ballots. Last Friday, Judge Rex Burlison threw out the election results, ruling mistakes and irregularities caused by election board staff […]