Kelsey Proud

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.

Politics
5:15 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Live Blog: Missouri State Of The State 2014

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon giving the 2011 State of the State address.
Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 8:35 pm

(This event has now concluded. See our story for a full recap)

Welcome to our live blog of tonight's State of the State address from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. 

We invite you to join in on the conversation below - what are your reactions to the governor's speech? How do they impact your life? Do you agree or disagree with him?

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NPR Story
4:58 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

La Russa, Torre Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:20 pm

Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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NPR Story
5:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Missouri To Let Insurers Renew Canceled Health Policies

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Originally published on Sun November 24, 2013 6:36 am

Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been canceled under the terms of the new federal health care law.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:22 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Pioneering Sex Researcher Virginia Johnson Is Dead At 88

(Courtesy Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine)

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 3:21 pm

Updated 10:52 a.m., 11:33 a.m., 11:53 a.m., 12:11 p.m., and 4 p.m. May be updated further.

Virginia Johnson, one half of the famed Masters and Johnson research team on human sexual behavior, has died at the age of 88, her son Scott tells St. Louis Public Radio.

Johnson was a resident of The Altenheim senior living community in St. Louis. The facility has also confirmed her death.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Nixon vetoes so-called 'paycheck protection' bill

(via Flickr/bigburpsx3)

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:22 pm

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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Education
2:55 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

State Dept. of Education issues guidelines for transfers to accredited districts

(via Flickr/evmaiden)

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:59 pm

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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Sports
3:50 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

How you too can live like 'Stan The Man' Musial

(file photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 4:07 pm

Cardinals fans know that there was only one "Stan The Man" Musial. But, an opportunity to get close to living like the legendary baseball player has come on the market.

The Ladue home of Stan Musial is up for sale, Realtor.com says. Musial died in January and his wife, Lil, died in May 2012

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Here's What St. Louis Regional Hospitals Charge For 100 Most Common Procedures

(via Flickr/Tax Credits)

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 4:13 pm

For the first time, the federal government has released the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.

The prices for a given procedure can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.

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NPR Story
8:36 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Vehicle Sales Tax Bill

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:48 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill which would have levied sales taxes on out-of-state auto, boat and other vehicle purchases. 

The Governor vetoed a similar bill in May of last year.

Friday's action marks the second time in two years he has rejected the Legislature's attempt to reverse the effect of a 2012 Supreme Court ruling.

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Politics
11:42 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Nixon: Scanning, retaining of concealed carry documents to end

(UPI file photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 12:45 am


Updated at 7:04 p.m.


The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s.  This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Brian Long Resigns As Director Of Mo. Dept. Of Revenue

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 10:19 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced that Brian Long has resigned as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR). The resignation is effective immediately.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate, House Committees Defeat Medicaid Expansion Plans

(via flickr/rosmary)

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 12:01 pm

A Republican-led Missouri Senate committee has defeated a plan to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the legislation on a party-line vote Wednesday, just minutes after hearing testimony from more than two dozen witnesses in favor of the plan.

A Republican-led House committee defeated a similar bill last month in the same fashion.

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Weather
12:01 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Whiteout: How This Week's Snowfall Looked From Space

(NASA/Suomi NPP)

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 4:29 pm

The images of this past week's heavy snowfall in Missouri and across the Midwest are familiar and chaotic - cars in ditches, closed airports and overall gridlock of infrastructure.

Today's NASA "Image of the Day" provides a decidedly more peaceful look at the storm's effects, from space.

Here's how NASA describes this image and the technology they used to capture it:

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Arts and Culture
8:23 am
Fri February 8, 2013

St. Louis 'flying saucer' gets preservation award

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:35 pm

The building in Midtown which has become commonly known as the "Flying Saucer" will receive an award for its much-publicized transformation.

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will recognize the effort at their Preservation Honor Awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

A Starbucks moved into the former gas station and Del Taco restaurant in Sep. 2012 and a Chipotle restaurant is expected to inhabit the other side of the building in the coming weeks. 

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Business
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Twinkies And PBR Together? A Deal May Be Near

(via Flickr/sekimura)

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 2:10 pm

The announcement from Hostess that it would be shutting down three of its bakeries (St. Louis, Seattle and Cincinnati) and then, shutting down as a company entirely, evoked a "Twinkie panic."

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Politics
2:58 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Nixon: Medicaid Expansion 'The Right Thing To Do'

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Updated 11:37 a.m. with reaction from Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill and at 12:01 p.m. with statements from community organizations and Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones. Updated 5:59 p.m. with additional reporting from St. Louis.


Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri is both "the smart thing" and "the right thing to do."


Nixon announced his support for the expansion Thursday, saying it could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians.

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Mo. Farm Bureau PAC reaffirms Akin endorsement

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 4:45 pm

Will be updated.

The Missouri Farm Bureau political action committee announced that it's sticking by its endorsement of Congressman Todd Akin as he faces incumbent Claire McCaskill in the race for US Senate.

In a release to the media, FARM-PAC, made up of trustees from the farm bureaus in every Missouri county, say that they again "overwhelmingly" voted to support Akin.

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Sports
8:14 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rams will not play London 'home' games in 2013-14

(via Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:11 pm

The St. Louis Rams announced today via their official Twitter account that they will not be playing a select number of home games in London in the 2013-2014 seasons:

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Education
8:20 am
Thu August 9, 2012

SLU law school dean resigns, expresses loss of confidence in top leadership

(via Vimeo/ Saint Louis University)

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 7:09 pm

Updated at 4:55 with comments from interim dean Thomas Keefe.

Updated at 4:20 with comments from current Student Bar Association president

Updated 3:58 p.m. with letter from Biondi to staff via Saint Louis University.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. with comments from former Student Bar Association vice president.

Will be updated.

Annette Clark, dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law, resigned this morning.

In two letters obtained by St. Louis Public Radio (which you can read below), Clark details her reasons for leaving. Clark says she "no longer [has] confidence" in the abilities of President Lawrence Biondi or Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar to lead the University.

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NPR Story
11:46 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court's health care decision: what does it mean for Missouri?

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:23 am

Will be updated.

Updated 5:06 p.m. with more information.

As we reported this morning, the Supreme Court has held that the federal healthcare law is constitutional.

That includes the individual mandate that requires almost all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014.

The Court called the penalty that someone must pay for refusing to buy insurance a kind of tax that the Congress can impose under the Constitution.

Health Insurance Exchanges

Some will turn to the online marketplaces known as health insurance exchanges to fulfill the mandate.

The director of health policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health, Ryan Barker, says Missouri is one of a couple dozen states that have resisted setting up a state health insurance exchange.

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Politics
5:21 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court: Nasheed, Taylor to stay on Democratic primary ballots

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 4:40 pm

Updated 4:34 p.m. with comments from Rep. Sylvester Taylor. 

Usually, the residency requirement for political candidates is just another box to check, but two cases involving St. Louis-area office-seekers have not been so clearly defined - until today.

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NPR Story
12:02 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Missing monkey mystery remains near Kansas City

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 11:51 am

A Jackson County jury awarded damages to the owner of a northwest Missouri animal sanctuary after three monkeys were taken from the preserve.

Two of the monkeys have been returned to the Monkey Island Rescue and Zoological Sanctuary in Greenwood since they were taken in October 2007. The other monkey remains missing.

A Jackson County jury on Thursday awarded $58,000 for emotional distress to Dana Savorelli, the sanctuary owner.

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NPR Story
12:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. lawmaker Wyatt says he is gay, denounces school bill

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 12:20 pm

Will be updated.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

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