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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News Round-up
1:55 pm
Fri December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve News Round-Up

A discarded Happy New Year hat in New York in 2008. (Via Flickr/adamsofen)

Happy New Year's Eve! We hope you have a great end of 2010 and beginning of 2011! Here are a few news stories buzzing around the St. Louis Area today. 

  • Anheuser-Busch will renew its sponsorship with Major League Baseball. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis-based brewer and MLB came to an agreement on Thursday to also drop the litigation stemming from the contract dispute. Anheuser-Busch sued the league last month for allegedly breaching a sponsorship contract after MLB reportedly wanted more money and said the deal was non-binding and it could use other beer sponsors. The deal designates Budweiser as official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and is worth an estimated $10 million.
  • Smoking bans go into effect Sunday in both St. Louis city and St. Louis County. County residents voted last year to approve the ban. The City's Board of Aldermen passed a ban that was contingent on the county's vote. Both health departments will be in charge of enforcement. The county is not expecting enforcement to be a problem. In the county individuals who don't abide by the ban can be fined $50  while business owners could be fined $100 for the first offense and more for subsequent offenses.
  • The newly approved city budget in East St. Louis calls for laying off 34 municipal employees, including 16 police officers. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the East St. Louis City Council unanimously voted Thursday to accept the nearly $62 million budget. Besides laying off the 16 police officers, the new budget also calls for a delay in calling some firefighters back to work, plus laying off four public works employees, one jailer and one full- and one part-time telecommunicator.

CRIME
2:43 pm
Tue December 28, 2010

Three charged in fatal Christmas Eve shooting in St. Charles

A patch from the St. Charles, Mo. Sheriff's department. Three individuals have been charged in a Christmas Eve shooting near a St. Charles area Bass Pro Shop store. (via Flickr/conner395)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that three men have been charged today in the Christmas Eve drug-deal shooting that killed a local football player from St. Charles.

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Fallen Heroes
5:24 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Bethalto Marine Corzine dies in Afghanistan

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. The memorial was erected to honor all marines who have died in defense of the United States. (via Flickr/ jimbowen0306)

An Illinois Marine has died from wounds he received while fighting in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports.

The Department of Defense said Monday that 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine of Bethalto died on Friday, or Christmas Eve, from wounds he suffered Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Corzine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Bethalto is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.

U. of Missouri
10:47 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Univ. of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. will be subject to a plan to eliminate 16 degree options. Much of the elimination will come through merging programs to create new degrees. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)

A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

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White Christmas, Winter Roads
4:03 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

St. Louis will see white Christmas, tips for snowy roads

A Missouri Department of Transportation snowplow is at the ready for this weekend's impending snow. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to stay off the roads if possible during the winter storm that's expected to hit on Christmas Eve.

We have more details on the storm and tips for your holiday drive. We'll also keep you updated on any major changes in the weather here as it develops, but for real-time weather information, see the Missouri Department of Transportation's real-time traveler information map.

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Missouri's Moon Rock
10:53 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Missouri has its moon rock back

A moon rock at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto, ON. A missing moon rock was found while sorting through some memorabilia of outgoing U.S. senator Kit Bond this week as he prepares to retire. (Via Flickr/bryce_edwards)

Missouri has its missing moon rock back. Yes, its missing moon rock.

This week, former Missouri Gov. and current U.S. senator Kit Bond's staff found the rock while sorting through memorabilia as he prepares to retire.

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Morning News Round-up
10:43 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Morning Headlines: North County apartments vacated, Aid money withdrawn in Cape Girardeau, Grafton Ferry closes



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(The location of the Sunswept Apartment Complex in St. Louis via Google Maps. Explore the map to see the surrounding area).

Good morning! Here are some of today's morning headlines:

  • Sixteen residents have been ordered to vacate an apartment complex in North St. Louis County, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis county inspectors began investigating Sunswept Apartments earlier this month after police, firefighters and residents alerted them to violations. Search warrants were obtained Monday after property management refused to allow inspectors to look at parts of the complex. Inspectors uncovered multiple code violations including black mold, gas leaks, burst water pipes, faulty electrical wiring and raw sewage in a basement. The Post-Dispatch reports that real estate records show the building is owned by Shore to Shore Properties in Sausalito, Calif. They did not return calls for comment.
  • A Missouri agency is withdrawing $2 million in aid for a southeast Missouri development project led by a man who is on probation after pleading guilty to passing bad checks. The Department of Economic Development says the agency determined that statements were falsified on a grant application for the parent company of a firm planning to manage a health care cooperative in Cape Girardeau. The application requires certification that no one with an ownership interest is on probation.
  • A Grafton ferry service linking southwestern Illinois' Jersey County to Missouri's St. Charles County is closing after eight years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ferry's owners have sold their boats and docks to the Calhoun Ferry Co., which operates the Golden Eagle and Winfield ferries. Tom Foster, one of the pilots of the Grafton ferry says the ferry is closing due to silt problems that prevented it from taking a direct route across the Mississippi river. He said the owners had tried for more than a year to get federal help to dredge a chute between Mason Island 526 which has been choked with silt for the past two years.

2010 Census Data
4:26 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

MO, IL lose seats in Congress, St. Louis districts suspected targets for reapportionment

Mo. State Rep. John Diehl at today’s press conference in the Mo. House Lounge at the State Capitol. Diehl chairs the Missouri state reapportionment committee. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio).

UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2010, with information about reapportionment of Missouri congressional districts.

There’s already speculation that the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate will target the St. Louis-area districts held by Democrats Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.  But GOP House Member John Diehl, who chairs that chamber’s reapportionment committee, downplayed that possibility before reporters at the State Capitol.

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Missouri's Worst Charities
2:09 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

"Missouri's 15 Worst Charities" named by Mo. Attorney General Koster

Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster released a list of "Missouri's 15 Worst Charities" today. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Though many may consider this the season of giving, do you ever wonder exactly how much of what you give actually gets used for its intended purpose?

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster released today a list of "Missouri's 15 Worst Charities." The list is based upon the percentage of the charity's total expenditures actually used for charitable purposes.

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George Ryan
12:21 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Former Ill. Gov. Ryan to remain in prison

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan in 2007 prior to his indictment. (Flickr Creative Commons User spsarge).

A federal judge has ruled that former Illinois Gov. George Ryan must remain in prison.

Ryan's attorneys want elements of his conviction tossed based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision curtailing anti-fraud laws - known as "honest services" laws.

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