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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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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MO House
11:47 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Democrats to chair 3 Mo. House committees

Mo. State Rep. Chris Kelly, (D - Columbia) speaks at a press conference with House Speaker-elect Tilley on Dec. 1, 2010.
(Flickr Creative Commons User MoNewsHorizon, credit for photo: Tim Bommel of Missouri House Communications)

Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber.

Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.

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MO House
5:40 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Incoming Mo. House Speaker skeptical about tax credit report

File photo

The incoming Speaker of the Missouri House is hinting of a battle with Governor Jay Nixon over tax credits.

A committee appointed by the Democratic governor has recommended eliminating nearly half of the state's tax credit programs. House Speaker-elect Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says he has doubts about the accuracy of the tax credit committee report.

"My preliminary evaluation of it is (that) they've used false data and incorrect conclusions to come up with the recommendations," Tilley told reporters at a press conference today.

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Crime
4:32 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

St. Louis police shoot, wound suspected "pizza robbers"

(Flickr Creative Commons User essygie)

One of the young men, a 16-year-old, was treated for minor wounds before being taken to the Juvenile Building. A 23-year-old man was arrested while police were investigating the robberies.

The incident began around 10:50 Wednesday night, when two men held up a driver attempting to make a pizza delivery in the 4600 block of Michigan. They escaped in a getaway car parked in a nearby alley and driven by a third suspect.

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Science
10:46 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Federal judge to Monsanto: Yank the sugar beets out

A sugar beet.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Mindy.Kotaska)

Monsanto's latest lawsuit is no small potatoes - in fact, it's sugar beets.

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Government
10:07 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Mo. housing agency to redo secret vote on ethics

A Missouri agency that finances low-income housing will redo a vote on ethics policy changes that occurred in a closed session.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that it raised concerns the closed meeting by a subcommittee of the Missouri Housing Development Commission may have violated the state's open-meetings law.

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Missouri & Asia
5:34 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Nixon heads to Taiwan, South Korea on trade mission

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

A trade mission led by Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon heads to Taiwan and South Korea later this month.

The primary reason for the trip will be the signing of a letter of intent sealing Taiwan's purchase of $600 million of Missouri goods.

According to a press release from the Nixon's office, the deal will indicate a roughly 28 percent increase in Missouri exports to Taiwan, to about $88 million.

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Law
1:59 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Ill. Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has approved civil unions for gay couples.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Here's more information from the AP (as of 2:10 p.m.):

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Music
1:30 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

LouFest to return for second year

Jeff Tweedy at the inaugural LouFest on August 29, 2010*.
(Flickr Creative Commons User destroyphotography)

As reported by the Riverfront Times today, musical festival "LouFest" has announced that it will return next year. 

No headlining acts have been announced yet, but a new website was launched today for the event.

Crime
12:35 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

2 Dead in shooting outside St. Louis funeral home



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UPDATE 12:35 p.m. 12-1-10:

Information from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that the shootings may not be gang related, as was previously stated:

Police on Wednesday did an about-face and said the Reliable Funeral Home shootings may not be gang related, despite previous public statements from Chief Dan Isom."The Chief initially said at the scene that he thought it may be the result of feuding between two gangs but further investigation has not been able to support that," said Erica Van Ross, a spokeswoman for the deparment. "After learning that the parties may have initially become involved in an argument at the funeral, this appears to be, at this point at least, stemming from a personal dispute."

Police say two people are dead after a gang-related shooting outside a St. Louis funeral home while a service was being held inside.

Two other people were injured in the shooting about noon Tuesday at Reliable Funeral Home.

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