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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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    Koster, Greitens offer different paths on lowering healthcare costs

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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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    St. Louis Aldermen form resolution to force Police Chief to resign

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Aldermen sent a warning to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson Friday. A resolution was introduced calling on Dotson to resign as police chief if he filed to run for city mayor. The measure will be discussed in committee later in October. No one can officially file for mayor until November 27. The filing remains open through January 6. The resolution was introduced by Alderman Joe Roddy, a Democrat from the 17th ward. It calls […]

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    Boeing adds commercial plane manufacturing work at St. Louis plant

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Boeing company is broadening its St. Louis production work to include commercial plane parts, as well as military fighter jets and missiles. The firm held a ribbon-cutting Thursday for its new composite production facility on the campus north of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. As many as 700 engineers, production workers, and support personnel will be employed at the one building. Governor Jay Nixon praised the company for its high quality work and the decision to […]

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

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – 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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    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 (KTVI) – 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 […]

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    Final preparations ongoing ahead of debate at Washington University

    With just three days to go before the second presidential debate at Washington University, Fox 2 News cameras were allowed inside the athletic complex as preparations enter their final stages. Sunday’s presidential faceoff is part town hall, with citizens asking the questions and moderators asking follow-up questions. Washington University has hosted three previous presidential debates (2004, 2000, and 1992) and the 2008 vice presidential debate. The university was slated to host a debate between then-President Bill Clinton and Bob Dole […]