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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Unclaimed Property Returns
11:29 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Two St. Louis residents get unclaimed property returns of over $100K

Two individuals and one business in the St. Louis area are in the money today.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced he has returned $139,000 and $122,000 in unclaimed property.

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East St. Louis
5:04 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

East St. Louis police layoff talks postponed another day

(Flickr Creative Commons User davidsonscott15)

Looks like the city of East St. Louis and its police officers will wait another day to settle their ongoing layoff dispute.

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Civil War sesquicentennial
12:57 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Slave sale to be staged in St. Louis for Civil War sesquicentennial

A memorial at the Zanzibar Anglican Cathedral depicting slaves to be sold at auction. A reenactment of a slave auction is planned in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 15. (Flickr Creative Commons User missy & the universe)

Slave auctions were once commonplace in Missouri. Families were separated, people were property and the event of the auction itself was a harsh one.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011, the St. Louis American reports on the plan for several local organizations to reenact a slave auction -- right on the steps of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

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Election 2012
11:59 am
Fri December 17, 2010

St. Louis one of two "probable finalists" to host 2012 Democratic National Convention

The scene at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado in 2008. St. Louis is said to be one of the top two potential cities to host the convention in 2012. (Flickr Creative Commons User ravedelay)

Politico reports that St. Louis is now one of the top two contenders to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The other city giving St. Louis the biggest challenge? Charlotte, N.C.

So what, according to Politico, does St. Louis have going for it to host the event?

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Election 2012
5:51 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Mo. Governor Nixon confirms he'll run for re-election

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon smiles as he delivers the annual State of the State address in the House of Represenatives chambers in the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 20, 2010.
(Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

UPDATED 5:51 p.m. Dec. 16, 2010:

Looks like Governor Nixon is comfortable in the top spot in Jefferson City - he's confirmed that he'll seek re-election in 2012.

Though Nixon confirmed his intentions with a "Yea" to the Associated Press today, his campaign says he's already raised about $1 million since the Nov. 2 elections, and Nixon said he's "committed" to running, he could still follow the precedent of former Republican Gov. Matt Blunt.

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U.S. Congress
5:20 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

New Mo. Congress members Hartzler, Long assigned committees

Congresswoman-elect Republican Vicky Hartzler.
(Vicky Hartzler for Congress)

Fresh off the midterm elections last month, new Missouri Congress members Republicans Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long have been assigned to committees dealing with defense, agriculture and transportation issues.

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U.S. Census Data
4:13 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

St. Louis has second-highest home vacancy rate

A vacant and abandoned home in St. Louis. According to U.S. Census data released Tuesday, St. Louis has the second-highest home vacancy rate among major cities in the U.S.
(Flickr Creative Commons User mdaines)

Vacant homes are a common sight in many metropolitan U.S. cities, but, apparently, St. Louis has more than most.

According to U.S. Census data, St. Louis has the second highest rate of home vacancy among major U.S. cities.

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City of St. Louis
1:14 pm
Thu December 16, 2010

Froebel Literacy Academy student Dailey wins Mayor Slay's holiday card contest

The winning design for St. Louis mayor Francis Slay's holiday card contest, designed by Pearl Dailey of Froebel Literacy Academy.
(City of St. Louis)

For your daily dose of cute, with quite a bit of area pride thrown in, we give you eleven-year-old Pearl Dailey's winning holiday card design.

Images of St. Louis standbys like the Gateway Arch, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Gus' Pretzels, the Soulard Farmer's Market and the St. Louis Zoo are featured.

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Morning News Roundup
10:35 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Morning Headlines: Freezing rain, St. Clair Police layoffs, START treaty

Sheriff's deputies in St. Clair county anticipate layoffs as a result of a rejected county proposal to increase wages by 1 percent, a margin not deemed competitive enough to surrounding municipalities.
(Flickr Creative Commons User conner395)
  • If you thought your neighborhood was like a skating rink this morning, you certainly were not alone. Freezing rain coated the St. Louis area with a nasty glaze of ice, causing trouble on the roads. It was worse in rural areas and the Missouri Department of Transportation continues to treat streets with salt, and, believe it or not, beet juice.
  • Sheriff's deputies in St. Clair county got some bad news on Tuesday - 13 of the 46 deputies will be losing their jobs effective Jan. 15. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that this comes after the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police union rejected a proposal by the county to increase their wages by 1 percent, a margin deemed too small by the union compared to similar-sized departments in Illinois, including Madison County the paper reports. Also in St. Clair county,  the East St. Louis city council is scheduled to vote on Friday on a proposal to layoff 26 city employees, including 19 police officers effective Jan. 1.  Laying off 19 police officers means that the police department will be left with 43 police officers -- the department had more than 70 officers just a few years ago. With a reduced force it will be tougher to police an area that, so far, has seen 25 homicides this year.
  • The U.S. Senate is debating President Obama's top foreign policy priority, a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty. Democrats prevailed in a test vote Wednesday after Republicans threatened to delay work on the pact, known as the START treaty. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill emphasized that the treaty with Russia is vital for the success of American troops fighting in Afghanistan:

"It is a very important treaty for our troops in Afghanistan because the supply lines for our troops in Afghanistan go through Russia and our relationship with Russia is very, very important, especially as you look at our plans on missile defense." - Claire McCaskill

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St. Louis Towing Scandal
5:00 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Former cop Shade gets 27 months in towing scandal sentencing

UPDATED 4:10 Dec. 15, 2010 with comments from Richard Callahan and sentencing:

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors revealed that Shade stopped cooperating last January. They found out about it as they were preparing to take Gregory P. Shepard, the manager at St. Louis Metropolitan Towing, to trial. It was Shade's testimony that helped indict and convict Shepard.

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