Kelsey Proud

Engagement Editor

Kelsey Proud is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned a Convergence (Multimedia) Journalism degree. She has worked at PBS Interactive in Washington, D.C., MSN UK News in London and is a social media enthusiast. Kelsey feels journalism is truly a public service and hopes her work enhances community and reaches those who need information most.  Though she's "from" Chicago, Kelsey has also lived in several different regions of the United States, including periods of time in North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico and Illinois. Her extended family has roots in Boone and Audrain counties in Missouri, too. She is a wannabe chef and globe trekker, former competitive golfer and band-ie (trumpet), and honorary Missourian.

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Illinois
3:08 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Pedal To The Metal? Illinois To Get 70 MPH Speed Limit In 2014

(via Wikimedia Commons)

Some rural, four-lane highways in Illinois will now have a 70 mph speed limit thanks to a bill signing by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today.

Illinois will join 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher when the law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014, Quinn's office says.

But, Illinois drivers in portions of St. Louis' Metro East might not be seeing the change - Quinn's office explains in their release: 

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Saint Louis University
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

SLU President Biondi To Step Down Sept. 1

Father Lawrence Biondi
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated 3:50 p.m.

Saint Louis University's president Father Lawrence Biondi will be stepping down Sept. 1.

The fact that Biondi was to retire was announced in May, but the date Biondi would step down was not announced at that time.

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Science
9:06 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Video: Baby Okapi Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut

Umeme, a baby okapi born at the Saint Louis Zoo gives a little smile to the camera - or we think that's what that is.
(Kim Downey/Saint Louis Zoo)

The Saint Louis Zoo has released photos and video of one of its newest editions, a baby okapi named Umeme. 

The zoo says the name is Swahili for “lightning."

Umeme, a female, weighed in at just over 52 pounds when she was born on June 17. Okapis are also known as "forest giraffes" and the zoo says they're likely endangered in the wild due to hunting and political crises in their native area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The zoo says the animals are one of the last mammals "discovered" by the scientific community, as the "discovery" came in 1901.

Politics
10:35 am
Fri August 9, 2013

President Obama Holds Press Conference

President Obama speaks with the press on August 9, 2013.
(via White House video stream)

Updated 2:56 p.m. & 3:01 p.m. This event has now concluded. Thank you for joining us.

President Obama held his first "full" press conference since April today.

NPR has a full recap of Obama's remarks on The Two-Way.

We had live video for you here (event has since concluded).

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Infrastructure
5:31 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

3.5 Million Gallons Of Sewage Flows Into Mississippi Near St. Louis

The Bissell Point treatment plant in north St. Louis.
(Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District)

Another 3.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater discharged into the Mississippi River on Wednesday.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District says that a power outage at the Bissell Point Wastewater Treatment Plant caused the discharge. Bissell Point was also the location of another sewage discharge situation in April.

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Features
4:30 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

20 Years Later: Sounds And Stories Of The Great Flood Of 1993

Floodwaters climb up the steps in front of the Gateway Arch during The Great Flood of 1993.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In what has become known in the St. Louis region as "The Great Flood of 1993," 20 years ago places where floodwaters had never been suddenly were underwater.  

From our archives, we offer an opportunity to go back in time with 10 stories of the rise of water, tension and even an entire town.

For some, these stories may be difficult to hear again and, for others, they will be reminders of triumph and renewal.

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3:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

St. Louis Entrepreneur Calls St. Louis 'Tech Hub Model' In Forbes

Lead in text: 
"When smaller cities play to their strengths while simultaneously working to shore up their deficiencies, they can attract talented entrepreneurs and help them succeed." That's what Chuck Cohn, native St. Louisan and CEO of Varsity Tours says in an article on Forbes.com. Cohn says St. Louis can serve as a model for other cities like it to develop tech hubs.
Only a few U.S. cities can claim to be technology meccas. Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle, and - recently - New York City are responsible for the lion's share of successful tech startups in the U.S., but they can no longer stake a sole claim. New tech hubs, like St. Louis are emerging.
Science
9:39 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Pioneering Sex Researcher Virginia Johnson Is Dead At 88

Virginia Johnson, of the famed sexual research duo Masters and Johnson, has died at the age of 88.
(Courtesy Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine)

Updated 10:52 a.m., 11:33 a.m., 11:53 a.m., 12:11 p.m., and 4 p.m. May be updated further.

Virginia Johnson, one half of the famed Masters and Johnson research team on human sexual behavior, has died at the age of 88, her son Scott tells St. Louis Public Radio.

Johnson was a resident of The Altenheim senior living community in St. Louis. The facility has also confirmed her death.

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Culture
9:13 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Watch: Simply, 'Missouri Is Awesome'

A frame of the 'Missouri is Awesome' video.
(Screen capture)

Missouri is awesome. That's it. 

It's the premise behind a new effort to launch a clothing line representing the Show-Me state's excellence. 

The Springfield, Mo. folks behind the effort have also put out a video highlighting some of what they say makes Missouri awesome - which is what really got our attention.

Do you agree with their selections? What would you add or subtract? Do you think Missouri is, indeed, awesome?

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Disaster Declaration
10:13 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Obama Signs Missouri Disaster Declaration For Spring Storms

President Barack Obama.
(WhiteHouse.gov video screen capture)

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Missouri in response to the storms and floods of May and June.

Here's the rest of the statement issued by the White House:

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