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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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    Florissant cell phone store owner frustrated with break-ins; contemplates closing

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – Just two days after an armed robber stole a cell phone and laptop from the wife of Missouri’s governor-elect police are trying to track a thief in Florissant who stole a large number of iPhones from a retail shop. It is the third time in two years that criminals have broken into The Cellphone Genius store in the 1700 block of North New Florissant. The store is just a few blocks from the Florissant City Police […]

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    Missouri Governor-elect plans to forgive teens involved in robbing his wife at gunpoint

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 19-year-old north St. Louis city resident with a felony record is now charged in connection with the armed robbery of Sheena Greitens the wife of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens. Beard lives on Dodier Street. He is charged with a Class A misdemeanor of tampering with a motor vehicle. The St. Louis City Circuit Attorney accuses him of unlawfully riding in a stolen vehicle. According to the probable cause statement Beard is on probation in St. […]

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    Judge under investigation for DWI, has case load transferred to other judges

    HILLSBORO, MO (KPLR) – A Jefferson County circuit judge, who is himself facing possible DWI and 2nd degree assault charges, won’t be hearing any more cases for the county. The investigation into an accident Tuesday night continues and no charges have been issued. The judge was arrested by a Missouri highway patrol trooper on suspicion of drunk driving after he struck a utility pole with his Cadillac Escalade and overturned trapping a passenger inside. The accident happened on Route BB […]

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    Payroll tax verdict unlikely to quell complaints

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St Louis City won the first round in a legal challenge to its 30-year-old payroll tax. Voters authorized the .5% tax on city company payrolls in 1988. A lawsuit challenged the city on whether the tax was constitutional. Plaintiffs also asked a judge to throw out a city ordinance that permits tax refunds to companies that hire new workers and redevelop their business properties. “It’s a big deal. It’s a revenue source of about […]

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    Cardinals get first round approval to expand Ballpark Village

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Baseball Cardinals moved one step closer Wednesday to acquiring a larger tax break for phase 2 of the Ballpark Village project. The St Louis City Board of Alderman Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee approved the amended plan by a vote of 8 to 1. It authorizes a $16 million increase in tax benefits over the original plan.  That revenue will come from sales taxes paid by patrons using Ballpark Village businesses. Concerns remain over […]

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    St. Louis City cleans up streets near controversial homeless shelter

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Tuesday morning St. Louis City and the New Life Evangelistic Center were on the same mission. St. Louis City officials and the shelter’s operator, the Rev. Larry Rice are rarely on the same page. However, piles of abandoned belongings soaked with rain and contaminated with food and urine presented a health problem on sidewalks next to the shelter at 15th and Locust. The center had complained to the city Health Department while Eddie Roth, director […]

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    Overdoses continue to plague downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis city responded to six more drug overdose cases Monday. That brings the total since November 7 to 301. Authorities believe the majority of cases can be linked to a form of synthetic marijuana sometimes labeled K-2. The majority of cases have been in the downtown area near the New Life Evangelistic Center which provides shelter to the homeless. The city has been trying to shut the center down in recent months.

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    St. Louis to get 2 federal grants to help battle homelessness

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A major announcement is coming Tuesday in Saint Louis city’s fight against homelessness. Two federal grants promised last spring will become available to provide rapid re-housing assistance and permanent supportive housing programs. One grant will serve those with modest needs like overdue utility bills or back rent. The other is designed to help the chronically homeless many of whom have behavioral health issues. Local agencies serving the homeless plan to also launch a coordinated approach to […]

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    NAACP to host meeting on Ladue H.S. racial problems Wednesday night

    LADUE, MO (KPLR) – A town hall meeting over racial tensions within the Ladue school system began at 6:30 pm Wednesday night at the Ethical Society on Clayton Road. It was organized by the NAACP in an effort to improve race relations among students. The public airing of student and staff experiences comes on the heels of several days of student protests. Incidents of racial and derogatory slurs along with an assault against an African-American sophomore prompted students to walk […]

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    Southern Illinois town embraces pipeline industry as a lifeline

    PATOKA, IL (KPLR) – Protesters have delayed the extension of the Dakota Access oil pipeline across the Missouri River in North Dakota. However, their environmental protests have not impacted pipeline supporters at the southern end of the project. Residents in Patoka, Illinois support the development. Patoka is host to an interconnecting hub of oil pipelines and storage tank farms. The pipelines serve as superhighways for the movement of various kinds of crude oil from North American oil wells to refineries. […]

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    Police identify suspect who shot St. Louis officer

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The 19-year-old suspect killed in a shootout with police over night was under investigation for a string of increasingly violent crimes. Law enforcement sources believe George P. Bush the third knew police were closing in on him. The dragnet may have prompted him to fire shots at a St Louis City police officer waiting for the traffic light to change at Hampton and Pernod. Acquaintances say Bush once attended the now closed Construction Careers Academy, a […]

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    Ladue students hold second walk-out over racial issues

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Ladue high school students walk out of class for a second day over racial issues stirred up last week on a school bus. About 200 Ladue High School Students walked out of class Wednesday to protest what they see as unequal discipline. There is deep anger with the students who protested. Both black and white feel African-American students are not valued as highly as other races by their peers, and at times, by administrators. Wednesday’s […]