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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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    Funeral services announced for Collinsville freshman Tray Turner

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – It is homecoming night for the Collinsville Kahoks, but the usual good spirits are subdued this year after freshman Tray Turner died from injuries he suffered in a fall over a banister inside the high school. Turner, 14, was heading to lunch on Tuesday when something happened and he fell from the second floor stairs to the first floor. A police investigation shows it was nothing but a tragic accident. Adults in the community are working to […]

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    Maintenance worker discovers bodies in Alton apartment

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 vetoes

    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 (KTVI) –  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 (KTVI) – 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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    Biden cites need for technical training in St. Louis visit

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Vice President Joe Biden visited St. Louis Friday to promote high-tech training for non-traditional students. He spent more than an hour with graduates and students at LaunchCode, a not-for-profit training program that connects corporations and students through apprentice programs. Biden praised LaunchCode founder Jim McKelvey for the innovations he brought to the training system. McKelvey began the program in St. Louis to help fill the shortage of computer coders and software developers in town. At least 300 […]

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

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – 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 […]

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    Gov. Nixon hopeful vetoes will get past the Missouri legislature

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Missouri’s governor appealed to state lawmakers Wednesday to pay attention to the fine print in the laws he has vetoed. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is facing a veto session next week where the Republicans have the votes to easily override all of his vetoes. Nixon warned some of the bills would cause long-term harm for citizens. One measure reduces consumer rights for those who purchase an extended warranty on a product. Another would eliminate the […]

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    New St. Louis election board members picked after primary

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is appointing two new members to the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners after a judge ruled the board didn’t follow state law. Nixon’s Tuesday appointments came days after St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison called for another election for a St. Louis-area state House seat because of irregularities that he said are the election board’s fault. Burlison in a Friday ruling said another election is necessary because the board accepted […]

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    One killed, one wounded in Washington Park shooting

    WASHINGTON PARK, IL (KTVI) – Washington Park police and Illinois State police detectives are investigating the murders of a young pregnant woman from Saint Genevieve County in Missouri and a young man from East St. Louis. The two were shot while driving in a car near the intersection of 47th St. and Hallows Avenue in Washington Park. It happened about 9:30 PM Sunday. 24-year-old Anthony Pennell Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger 23-year-old Amber Bieser died Monday morning […]