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Aprylete Russell produces unique content for KTVI and KPLR’s websites, mobile apps and social media. She highlights, breaking news, viral stories on social media, and trending topics in the St. Louis area and around the country. She started at KTVI as an intern in 2014. Earlier, Aprylete served as an On-Air Talent for Radio One St. Louis, and freelance correspondent for STLTV. A graduate of UMSL, Aprylete is a native of St. Louis.

As a digital journalist Aprylete aims to push digital innovation by cultivating new forms of storytelling, through video, and creative ways to connect with the station’s online audience. You can also see her on Facebook Live, Instagram TV and streaming to our website.

She is a mental health advocate, and big believer in giving back to the community. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and volunteers her time with several local community organizations.

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Recent Articles
  • Special committee to meet Thursday to explore state’s response to opioid crisis

    GRANITE CITY, ill.   –  Members of the Senate’s special committee on Opioid Crisis are scheduled to meet Thursday in Granite City to hear testimony from state and local agencies to learn how the Illinois State Opioid Action Plan is working. Illinois joined other states suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. The event starts at  12:30 p.m. at Chestnut Health Systems, 50 Northgate Industrial Drive, Granite City.

  • Man injured after vehicle opens fire on I-270, suspect flees scene

    ST LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. –  St. Louis County Police are now investigating and searching for a suspect after a shooting on Interstate 270 that leaves one man in the hospital. Police were called to the scene near Lilac Avenue and Riverview Drive around 8:46 p.m. Wednesday. According to authorities, two vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-270  when someone in one car opened fire on the other.  The 40-year-old victim in the unarmed car was struck in the upper body, then […]

  • Foreigner announces 2020 ‘Juke Box Hero’ tour stop in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Legendary band Foreigner, with special guest Kansas and featuring Europe will make a summer stop in St. Louis. A part of the Coors Light Concert Series, the group will hit the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 26, 2020. Set to launch in Albuquerque on July 9, the tour promises concert fans an unforgettable night of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets for the tour, which is being presented by Live Nation and KSHE 95 go on sale on January […]

  • Mississippi River expected to crest Monday along the St. Louis Riverfront

    ST. LOUIS – The Mississippi River is expected to crest Monday near St. Louis Riverfront. The river is predicted to crest at 31.6 feet, which is 1.6 ft above flood stage. Last June in many spots, including St. Louis, the river reached the highest level since the Great Flood of ’93. If that forecast holds up, the Meramec River at Valley Park is forecasted to crest at 7ft above flood stage Tuesday morning.  On Sunday the Missouri River at St. […]

  • Binnington accepts Bieber’s breakaway challenge for charity

    ST. LOUIS –  The showdown between blues goalie Jordan Binnington and singer Justin Bieber is a go! The Blues confirmed on Wednesday that Binnington has accepted Bieber’s shootout proposal for charity. After the Canadian singer posted videos of himself playing hockey, Binnington challenged Bieber to a head- to- head contest.  Binnington wrote, “Ten breakaways,  me verse you. You score on me, I’ll dye my hair platinum blonde.” Bieber responded, “How ’bout $10,000 to charity. I score,  and you donate to a charity […]

  • Person struck, killed in Troy Missouri Thursday morning

    ST. LOUIS – Authorities say one person has died after being struck by a vehicle in front of Bodine Aluminum in Troy Missouri. The incident happened at 3rd and Cherry Blossom Way. Bommarito Automotive SkyFox flew over the area where officers and EMS are at the scene. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

  • Lambert airport will soon add biometric screening service to speed up security line

    ST.LOUIS – Biometric screening may soon be headed to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. According to our partners at the Post-Dispatch, the city Airport Commission endorsed a contract with a New York-based company to bring its CLEAR biometric system which identifies passengers by their fingerprints and eyes. The standard price for passengers is $179 dollars a year. People who buy the service will check-in at a CLEAR counter then a representative takes you to the front of the TSA or TSA pre-check […]

  • O’Fallon, Missouri businesses evacuated after bomb threat

    UPDATE:  O’Fallon police report that both Wal-Mart and O’Charley’s have been cleared and no evidence of a bomb could be located. Both businesses are open. The investigation is ongoing. O’FALLON, Mo. –  Police say a bomb threat prompted the evacuation of the Walmart and the O’Charley’s off Highway K near Mexico Road Wednesday morning. Officials say at 10:15 a.m., and 10:20 a.m., they received a 911 call for an indication that an explosive device may be in both buildings. Both stores […]

  • Franklin County man arrested in 1987 cold case murder of St. Clair woman

    ST. CLAIR, Mo. – A 64-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the 1987 murder of a St. Clair, Missouri woman, authorities said Friday. Kirby King was arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail on Monday, December 23. He posted a $100,000 bond on December 24 and was released. “The (victim’s) parents were very emotional especially getting the news right before Christmas on his arrest, but very thankful and they’re looking forward to justice,” said Franklin County Sheriff […]

  • Coping with winter depression during the holiday season

    ST. LOUIS –  It’s a joyous holiday season, but when the hustle and bustle of December is over, the darkness for some really sets in. For those who suffer from winter depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or “SAD,” mid-winter is especially hard. The most difficult months for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder in the U.S. are usually January and February. At that time there is less sunlight and people are susceptible to daylight deprivation. The lack of sunlight causes […]

  • Three people found dead at Bethalto home, police say

    BETHALTO, ILL. –  The Major Case Squad was activated after three people were found dead in a Bethalto home late Thursday night. The Bethalto Police Department received a request from the Hazelwood Police Department at 11:00 p.m. for a welfare check at a home in the 300 block of Mill Street and found the three bodies. The victims have been described as a 59-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, and a 30-year-old man.  The incident remains an active scene and the […]

  • Pillsbury releases Lucky Charms Cookie Dough filled with Marshmallows

    ST. LOUIS – Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast? Now it’s even more justified thanks to a new cookie dough from Pillsbury. The company has released “Lucky Charms Cookie Dough.” The sugar cookies are packed with lucky charms marshmallows. One package says there’s enough dough inside each package to make 12 “magically delicious” sugar cookies with Lucky Charms marshmallow bits. Each cookie has 140 calories. Pillsbury does not have the cookies listed in its official line-up which means […]

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