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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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    Illinois lawmakers approve stopgap budget deal

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – After 18 months of budget battles, Illinois finally has a stopgap spending measure in place. Some lawmakers in the state capital said Illinois was close to falling off a financial cliff because it had operated without a state budget for the year. The new financial year begins Friday. Some school districts had threatened school would not open in August unless they had an education appropriation bill. The compromise omnibus bill had the support of legislative leaders […]

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    Rauner and Illinois legislature trying to pass stop-gap funding budget

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – With time running out, Illinois state legislators appear to have reached a budget compromise. The new budget year begins Friday, July 1. It had appeared the state would enter its second year in a row without an approved state budget. Social service agencies that provide assistance to Illinois residents under state contracts were beginning to cancel those contracts and in some cases even close their facilities. Legislators are expected to debate the proposals on Thursday morning. […]

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    Lack of state budget impacting transportation needs and health services

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – The end of Illinois’s financial year is Thursday and the state still does not have a budget for the next year. As a consequence some social service agencies are closing down programs and refusing to renew contracts for service to Illinois residents. Cornerstone, a human services and healthcare agency, is closing a transitional group home for mentally ill adults which it operates in Alton. Places have been found for the current clients however the cost may […]

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    Festus lightning strike a reminder of deadly power of ordinary storms

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Storms turn deadly over the weekend in Festus. Daniel Kennedy, 72, and his dog were killed Saturday afternoon when they were hit by lightning. He was in the front yard of his home in the 2000 block of Burley Road when it happened. Kennedy had been doing yard work Lightning fatalities are rare. Missouri had two such deaths last year. Flash flooding, scorching heat and tornadoes can be much more deadly. Both Missouri and Illinois are […]

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    O’Fallon, Missouri woman killed in Boone Bridge accident

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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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    Blunt, Greitens address possible gun control legislation

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The terrorist attack in Orlando has prompted a renewed public debate over access to high powered, semi-automatic weapons. A compromise could be in the works in the U.S. Senate, with votes on several measures slated for next week. But long time Second Amendment advocates are finding themselves walking a fine line on the issue. Eric Greitens, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Missouri gubernatorial race, has drawn national attention because of a dramatic political […]

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    Manhole fire causes power outages in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It should be back to business as usual Friday morning for St. Louis City courts and offices following a power outage in downtown Wednesday night. A cable failure and fire in a manhole cut off electricity to 2,100 customers in a more than 80-square block area. Ameren Missouri called the outage “unusual.” The utility brought in overnight crews to begin temporary repairs. That was completed by 1 p.m. Thursday and by 5 p.m. all but one […]

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

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – 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 (KTVI) – 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 […]