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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Auto Warranty Scam
5:44 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Telemarketers in "auto warranty" scam plead guilty in East St. Louis

Two men pleaded guilty to federal charges today in East St. Louis in an auto contract robo-calling scheme that had 15,000 victims in all 50 states. Here's a breakdown of the people, places and charges involved:

These two men were the president and vice president of Transcontinental Warranty...

- Christopher D. Cowart, 49 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and

- Cris D. Saganelli, 45, of Boca Raton, Florida

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Crime
2:40 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Helmig, murder conviction tossed, to be freed

Dale Helmig's conviction status has been on the Missouri news radar since 2005, when his 1996 conviction for murdering his mother was thrown out, citing that jurors were given material during their deliberations that wasn't introduced in trial as evidence.

Today, he could be free on bond. But what happened between 2005 and now? A quick timeline:

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Cold Weather
9:57 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Dangerously cold temperatures hit St. Louis area, freezes much of midwest

You might want to take a page from this woman's book and bundle up today - temperatures are only reaching into the mid-teens with windchills below zero.
(Flickr Creative Commons User meddygarnet)

We're sure you know it's pretty cold outside. But just how cold is what's surprising. And dangerous.

But hey, we're not the only ones feeling the freeze. And it could be worse.

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Amending the Arch
5:51 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Salazar, LaHood, McCaskill talk funding for Arch revamp

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (L) looks on as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explains plans for improving and expanding the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial where the Gateway Arch sits, during a press conference across the Mississippi.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Transportation Secretary were in East St. Louis today to talk about improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, a.k.a. the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

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St. Louis Towing Scandal
2:19 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Sentencing for operations manager of Metropolitan Towing

(Flickr Creative Commons User Dan4th)

A third person has been sentenced to prison for his role in the St. Louis towing scandal.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced 52-year-old Gregory Shepard to 10 months in prison and fined him $10,000. Shepard pleaded guilty in September to one count each of mail fraud and bribery.

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MO Statehouse
9:39 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Mo. Gov. Nixon opposes changes to senior, disabled tax break

A commission appointed by Nixon recently recommended that Missouri no longer grant state income tax credits to seniors and disabled people living in rented homes.
(Flickr Creative Commons User JD Hancock)

Gov. Jay Nixon is opposing efforts to end a Missouri tax break for some low-income seniors and disabled residents.

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High-Speed Rail
4:06 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Illinois gets high-speed rail money when Ohio, Wisconsin pass

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois is set to get millions of dollars for high-speed rail projects that were supposed to go to two other states. But that news may not be as good as it sounds.

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Homeless Housing
1:48 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Places for People breaks ground on new building for chronically homeless

Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel speaks at today's groundbreaking event at Places at Page, a new apartment building for the chronically homeless in North St. Louis.
(Places for People)

The non-profit organization Places for People broke ground today on a 23 unit apartment building that will provide housing for the chronically homeless in St. Louis. Organizers say it's Missouri's first affordable development funded by the state's housing commission.

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Crime
11:50 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Update: Sunset Hills cop Miller pleads guilty to five charges from drunk driving wreck

Christine Miller after she was arrested in 2009.
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office

Updated at 3:45 with comments from Indian community.

Updated as of 2:15 p.m. after 1:30 p.m. court appearance:

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Crime
10:24 am
Thu December 9, 2010

2nd teen arrested in St. Louis drag race

19-year-old William Sapp was arrested Dec. 8 as the second suspect in a drag racing accident that left a young woman in critical condition.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Authorities say 19-year-old William Mack Sapp of south St. Louis County is charged with second-degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident. He is jailed on $500,000 bond following his arrest on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear if Sapp had an attorney.

The other alleged racer, 19-year-old Trenton Pinckard of Glen Carbon, Ill., was charged earlier this week with leaving the scene of an accident.

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