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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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    Zika virus travel concerns

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Pesky mosquitoes, normally just an irritation here at home, are now making some folks think twice about where they will vacation this summer. The Zika virus, which has been linked to some birth defects in pregnant women, is prompting a few well-known athletes to stay away from the Summer Olympics in Rio. But a large local travel agency, Brentwood Travel, is not seeing many customers change their plans. “Even women of child bearing age are going,” […]

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    State troopers confirm O’Fallon, Missouri woman killed in Boone Bridge accident

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The lack of a shoulder on the Daniel Boone Bridge may have cost a young woman her life on Thursday. Stephanie Phung of O’Fallon, Missouri was stopped in the right-hand lane on the Boone Bridge when she was struck and killed about 9:30 a.m. The accident forced the shutdown of the westbound lanes of I-64/40 at Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard for four hours. Phung, 28, was crossing the Missouri River to Saint Charles […]

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    One dead in Eureka house fire

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Authorities are investigating the death of a 66-year-old woman in a house fire Wednesday morning. It occurred in the 600 block of Willman Road in northern Jefferson County. The property was located on the banks of the Meramec River. Captain Brad Dickinson of the Eureka fire department said the fire began in a front bedroom. A passerby noticed the smoke and discovered flames about 9:25 am. Once firefighters extinguished the flames they were able to […]

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    New Balance opens HI-Tech warehouse in Earth City

    EARTH CITY, MO (KPLR) – As more and more Americans turn to online shopping, retailers are changing their business models to ramp up online sales and E-commerce online. Amazon recently announced plans for new distribution centers in metro east; and Tuesday New Balance Athletics firm opened its upgraded operation in Earth City. New Balance Athletics has had an online distribution business in St. Louis since 2000, but now it plans to centralize much of its U.S. operation at this new […]

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    City Streets intern seeks graffiti artists’ help in changing look of riverfront

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A local college student is leading the way to improve the look of concrete flood walls along the St. Louis riverfront, with the help of volunteers and graffiti artists. Jacob Schmidt, a City Streets Department intern, has spent the past several weeks north of the Poplar Street Bridge with a few volunteers trying to feel a giant concrete canvass with fanciful images. Schmidt, 21, created what he calls the Urban Beautification Project when he was a […]

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    Critics of flood plain development in Maryland Heights host town-hall meeting

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Controversy is brewing again over taxpayer contributions and the role Rams owner Stan Kroenke might play in new real estate developments. Plans to develop 1800 acres of floodplain property in Maryland Heights are at the heart of the debate. By the end of June competing development plans must be submitted to the city of Maryland Heights. Kroenke and a partner are expected to be among the developers to present proposals. The two have already purchased […]

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    Lack of Illinois budget could impact drivers at the pump

    O’FALLON, IL (KPLR) – The lack of a 2017 Illinois state budget could mean drivers will have to pay more for gasoline at the pump. Gas stations could be required to purchase individual liability insurance policies on each of their underground fuel storage tanks. Currently a state fund to pay for environmental cleanup is frozen because the Illinois Legislature has not yet approved a budget for the current financial year or the next year. Illinois has not reimbursed engineering and construction […]

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    Suspicious packages at Mercy Hospital shut down I-270

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Both directions of I-270 were shut down for three hours after suspicious packages were discovered at Mercy Hospital at around 11am. The interstate was shutdown between Ladue Road and I-64 and drivers were forced to exit or wait. Mercy Hospital tweets, “Two potentially explosive devices found on Mercy campus. Both away from building; no patients or co-workers are in harm’s way at this time.  Out of abundance of caution, and to ensure the safety of our patients & co-workers, […]

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    Mother, two children identified in fatal St. Peters house fire

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – Major Case Squad investigators are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of a mother and her two children in St. Peters. All three victims were found inside their burning home. They have been identified as Jenny Ayres, 37, Jordie Hines, 10 and five-year-old Jada Hines. It all unfolded at a home on Elm Tree Street not far from Jungerman Road. This morning police are still guarding the scene. Neighbors noticed the fire […]

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    Residents hope sewer repairs will alleviate sewage backups

    ARNOLD, MO (KPLR) – Reoccurring sewage backups in some Arnold, Missouri homes has left property owners frustrated and angry. A number of residents in the Bayshores subdivision found raw sewage backing up in their basements a year ago and then again in December following heavy rain storms. One homeowner, Rex Crowder, complained he had no backup problems during the major flooding in 1993. However he has now been forced to renovate his basement twice because raw sewage backed up through […]

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    Republican gubernatorial candidates debate at FOX2

    (KPLR) – Four Republicans seeking their party’s nomination for Missouri governor tackled a wide range of issues Monday night in a live televised debate shown on FOX 2.  WDAF FOX 4 in Kansas City, a sister station, and the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch joined in sponsoring the debate. Two outsiders and two experienced officeholders are vying for the top of the state GOP ticket. Current Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, who has held that position for three terms, is the only potential […]

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    Police union says new video helps Stockley’s defense

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Police Officers Association is welcoming an independent video that shows what happened after then officer Jason Stockley shot and killed a man in 2011. He is now charged with first degree murder. The police union says the cell phone video might help Stockley’s defense. The video, which was given to our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch, had not been part of the ongoing four and a half year investigation. Why it had […]

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