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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Same-Sex Marriage
9:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns DOMA, No Broader Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Gay and lesbian couples who are legally married in the 12 states that, along with Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriages will be able to access federal marriage benefits such as tax breaks.

The 5-4 ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court just moments ago says the Federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the 5th Amendment by "singl[ing] out a class of persons deemed by a state entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty."

Proposition 8

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MO Statehouse
1:57 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nixon Vetoes So-Called 'Paycheck Protection' Bill Concerning Public Employees

Legislation that would bar the state minimum wage from exceeding the federal rate has passed the Missouri House.
(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Updated at 9:08 p.m. with comments from State Rep. Eric Burlison (R, Springfield), SB29's House handler.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced his veto of SB29, the so-called "paycheck protection" bill.

The bill would have required unions to get annual permission to withhold fees and dues from public employee paychecks. 

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Around Town
12:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Watch: Saint Louis Science Center Deflates Exploradome After 17 Years

The Exploradome sits deflated at the Saint Louis Science Center on June 24, 2013.
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After 17 years, the giant, inflated event and exhibition space at the Saint Louis Science Center known as the "Exploradome" has come down.

What started as an experiment to test the need for such a space, the Exploradome was deflated on Monday to make way for a permanent exhibition structure with indoor and outdoor elements. The Science Center says the dome took just over 9 minutes to deflate.

Here's a time lapse of the deflation:

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Special Projects / St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

To The Galapagos! 'Following In Darwin's Footsteps' Begins

St. Louis Public Radio's science reporter Véronique LaCapra.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Public Radio's science reporter Véronique LaCapra sets off this week on a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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Education
11:23 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mo. Dept. Of Education Issues Guidelines For Transfers To Accredited Districts

(via Flickr/evmaiden)

Updated 5:34 p.m. to include comments from Chris Tennill of  the School District of Clayton

The Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited.

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St. Louis Listed
11:51 am
Thu June 13, 2013

St. Louis Named The 'Most Sinful City In America'

(via Flickr/NathanReed)

St. Louis has been named the "Most Sinful City In America" by real estate blog Movoto.

In the "seven deadly" categories, it appears we're, well, tops - if you could call it that.

Movoto says they determined the list of the top 10 most sinful cities on the following criteria representing the "seven deadly" categories for "modern city living." (Read more about their methodology):

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Community
11:29 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Let’s Talk About It – The NYT ‘Loving The Midwest’ Piece

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Updated 2:19 p.m. This live chat was from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT on June 10. Thanks for joining us!

This weekend - with the publishing of an opinion piece  in the New York Times entitled "Loving the Midwest," St. Louisans, once again, showed their concern with how the Gateway City is viewed and portrayed on the national level.

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Flooding
1:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Flooding Slows Connection Of New Mississippi River Bridge

A view of the not-quite-joined New Mississippi River Bridge span posted on the project's Facebook page on May 3, 2013.
(New Mississippi River Bridge Project Facebook page)

Add the New Mississippi River Bridge to the list of elements in the region affected by the most recent round of flooding.

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River Flooding
4:19 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region

Volunteers try to fight against flooding at Riverlands Way in West Alton, Mo. on June 4, 2013.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Developing Story, will be updated

Updated at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, June 6:

MSD says the Mississippi River has dropped enough to turn the pumps back on at Watkins Creek, ending the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river. The agency is asking that residents continue to avoid floodwaters in the area of the station, which is in the 11000 block of Riverview in Spanish Lake.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. with information from MSD:

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Developing
10:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

St. Louis Area Recovering From Severe Storms

An Ameren Missouri Crew works to remove a downed power pole.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 3:08 p.m. May 3:

  • Latest power outage information: 

MO: http://bit.ly/10FGAlJ
IL: http://bit.ly/12R5v3K

Updated at 9:15 a.m. on Monday

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