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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National Tax Bill
5:07 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Mo. Senators Bond, McCaskill on voting Obama tax package

U.S. Senators for Missouri Kit Bond, at left, and Claire McCaskill.
St. Louis Public Radio

Often tax legislation is a little bit muddled. We try to break down Obama's latest for you and let you know what your U.S. Senators, Kit Bond and Claire McCaskill, think as they go to vote on the bill.

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National Janitorial
3:40 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Nationwide Janitorial exec. faces indictment

A familiar set of tools of the janitorial trade. Herman Schamber is being charged with embezzlement from the janitorial business for which he worked.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Robert S. Donovan)

The president of Custom Janitorial Services and Supplies is facing federal charges alleging he embezzled nearly $1 million.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that 54-year-old Herman Schamber of St. Louis worked out of the main Alexandria, Va. office of National Janitorial Services Inc.  and also owned and operated the another company, Custom Janitorial Services, out of the East Rutherford, N.J. area. The Business Journal explains:

 

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Bank of America
10:47 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Bank of America bond settlement could pay to Missouri

A clock in Lawrenceville, Va. sports the Bank of America logo. Bank of America, the nation's largest bank is to pay $137 million nationally as part of several settlements.
(Flickr Creative Commons User taberandrew)

Bank of America is the largest bank in the United States, but they've also landed themselves in $137 million worth of trouble.

The bank's problems may be Missouri's gain.

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Unemployment
5:05 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Unemployment numbers released for St. Louis

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today about the state of unemployment over the past year for the St. Louis Mo.-Ill metropolitan area. We have some of the highlights for you:

  • St. Louis Mo.-Ill. registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in October 2010 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in October 2010, not seasonally adjusted.
  • Employment rose in St. Louis at a rate of 0.1 percent, but not as much as it did nationally, 0.5 percent.

So who was getting hired?

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Business
10:43 am
Tue December 7, 2010

River City casino won't reach revenue projection

River City casino
(Wikimedia Commons User RamblingGambler)

The St. Louis area's newest casino is falling short of revenue projections.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the River City casino in south St. Louis County is now projected to generate slightly less than $8.2 million in its 10 months of operation this year, and a little less than $10 million in 2011.

MO House
5:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Bill would bar Mo. pharmacies from being forced to sell "morning after" pill

A "morning-after" pill package.
(Flickr Creative Commons User meddygarnet)

The bill is sponsored by GOP House Member David Sater, who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years.  He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the so-called "morning after" pill, but would guarantee their right NOT to if the owners so choose.

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Law Enforcement
4:18 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

North St. Louis County gets new DWI "BAT" Van

The new Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Van.
(Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

North St. Louis County law enforcement will be stepping up efforts in the fight against drunk driving this holiday season after receiving a grant to purchase a Breath Alcohol Testing, or BAT van.

The BAT van helps keep officers on the street to detect more impaired drivers, as opposed to hauling individual arrests to police stations. The van will be shared among the North St. Louis County police departments, including 36 different law enforcement agencies.

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Pfizer
3:05 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Read takes over a Pfizer facing many difficulties

Ian Read
Pfizer.com

Pfizer employs about 500 people in research facilities around St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. A shift at the very top of the corporation comes at a trying time for the drugmaking giant.

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MO Statehouse
10:04 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Mo. lawmakers pre-file bills for 2011 session

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Missouri lawmakers have been pre-filing bills this week in preparation for the legislative session that begins next month. Here's the lowdown on these early ventures:

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Election 2012
4:41 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Nixon "leads" Kinder by 8, hypothetically

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

As reported by Public Policy Polling, current Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has an 8 point lead over likely  election challenger Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder.  The approval rating of the Governor is also up in relation to other U.S. Governors -- but not because of the support of his Democratic base.

From Public Policy Polling:

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