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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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    Battle over raising the cigarette tax in Amendment 3

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Is it time to raise Missouri’s cigarette taxes? There are two such proposals on the November 8 ballot. One would approve a new statute. “Proposition A” would phase in a higher tax of $.23 per pack of cigarettes over a three-year period. Revenue collected under the additional tax would be spent on Missouri’s transportation infrastructure. The state legislature has long struggled to find a means of financing the improvement of Missouri roads and bridges. But the […]

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    Early voting has opened in Illinois

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Illinois voters who want to avoid long lines on election day now have the opportunity to cast their ballots seven days a week leading up to the November 8 national election.  Metro East counties opened extra, staffed voting sites Monday. As many as 100 voters had taken advantage of the service by 1 pm at the Caseyville Township Hall in Fairview Heights. Voters from anywhere in Saint Clair County, outside of East St. Louis, could cast […]

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    Koster, Greitens offer different paths on lowering healthcare costs

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The two major candidates running to replace Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in January are divided over how to handle rising healthcare costs in the state. Tens of thousands of Missourians still do not have access to health insurance. The Democratic nominee for governor, Chris Koster, wants to expand Medicaid. However, Republican nominee Eric Greitens warns that could bankrupt the state. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, said the state should cut back on costly government rules that […]

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    Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace put consolidation on the ballot

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The number of municipalities in St. Louis County could shrink by one as two north county communities will decide on Election Day whether or not to merge. If they do, it would be the county’s first consolidation in modern history. St. Louis County has come under criticism over the last few years for its municipal structure. There are 90 cities, towns, and villages. A simple majority is needed in both Vinita Park and the […]

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    Missouri’s US Senate candidates meet with veterans in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Military veterans took top priority in the race for Missouri’s next U.S. Senator Wednesday. Political polls show it is a tight race between the major party candidates for U.S. Senate. Today they were seeking votes from military veterans, and asking the vets what needs to be changed. Democrat Jason Kander, Missouri’s Current Secretary of State, is challenging incumbent Republican Roy Blunt who is asking voters to re-elect him. Blunt, who got legislation to expand mental […]

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    St. Louis veteran trying to convince the government that he is alive

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A north St. Louis County man is trying to convince the Veterans Affairs Department that he is alive. His disability benefits were canceled after his wife died and was buried. It’s been a rough fall for Fred Prentiss, an Army Veteran who lost his wife of 53-years-in late August. She was buried at the National Cemetery as a veteran’s spouse. At some point, a government employee recorded Mr. Prentice as the one who died. That […]

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    Lemay community cleanup group discovers 40 syringes in alley

    LEMAY, MO (KPLR) – A community cleanup effort in the Lemay area of south St. Louis County turns up some forty hypodermic needles near a busy alleyway. The effort is motivating the organizers to do more for the south county community. The alley, near Shop-and-Save, is a busy cut through. During Saturday’s cleanup volunteers found some 40 syringes. Some new and some used stashed under a bush. The “Clean Sweep” effort was organized by the Facebook group, “Only in Lemay.” The […]

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    Over 20 fire departments summoned to help rescue man trapped under chimney

    LADUE, MO (KPLR) – Seventy first responders rushed to the rescue of a construction worker Wednesday morning in Ladue. The man was pinned inside the cab of a track hoe he was using to demolish a home on South Price. Ladue Fire Chief Steve Lynn said it appeared a cinder block chimney had collapsed on top of the cab trapping the man inside. As of 7 PM no information had been released about his condition, but Chief Lynn said he […]

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    Police say murdered man and woman ‘targeted’ inside south St. Louis home

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Homicide detectives have been sent to the 4500 block of Pennsylvania in south St. Louis for a shooting. Police say a man and a woman have been pronounced dead at the scene.  They are both victims of a shooting. Police are treating this as a double homicide. They think these two people were targeted inside a home. There is a heavy police presence in the area.  Neighbors are gathering in the street to watch the investigation. […]

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    Debate stage moving from St. Louis to Las Vegas

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Life begins to return to normal at Washington University. Work continues to tear down the debate stage and media facilities Monday afternoon. But there is plenty of talk still going on about what the nation heard from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sunday night. Media platforms, equipment, temporary security fencing and miles of video cables must be removed, recycled or transported to the next debate site in Las Vegas. Athletes are the only ones back […]

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    Politicians and surrogates give their reactions to the debate in spin alley

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Following Sunday night’s debate at Washington University, reporter Betsey Bruce will be in spin alley to reaction to Clinton and Trump’s performance.  She will have interviews with local politicians, surrogates and her observations on tonight’s debate.

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    Trump throws GOP into chaos

    The Republican Party is in a meltdown unlike anything it has experienced in modern times. Many in the GOP are reeling from shock, revulsion and utter confusion about what to do next after a video surfaced Friday of Donald Trump talking about women in crude and aggressive sexual terms. New revelations emerged Saturday after CNN’s Kfile reviewed hours of newly uncovered audio of demeaning conversations Trump held over a 17-year period with radio shock-jock Howard Stern. The topics discussed included […]