Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Some News-Ical Chairs at KTVI, KPLR

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: Some News-Ical Chairs at KTVI, KPLR

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NEWS BULLETIN * One addition and one revision are in line for the newscasts at KTVI (Channel 2) and KPLR (Channel 11).

Meteorologist Jaime Travers has returned to St. Louis to take over the weather reports on KTVI during the 11 a.m. weekday newscasts and on weekend mornings.

Travers earned a master's degree in meteorology at St. Louis University and worked in 2010 as an intern at the two stations. She then moved on to Cape Girardeau and Wichita, Kan.

Also, anchor/reporter Erika Tallan will begin anchoring KPLR's 7 p.m. news along with Andy Banker. She has been filling an anchor chair on KTVI's weekend newscasts. That move will come down on Monday.

POLICE DISPATCH * Several news organizations report the Rev. Traci Blackmon, an STL-based minister and member of the Ferguson Commission, was among those arrested Thursday at protests in Washington.

CNN said Blackmon was detained by U.S. Capitol Police after protesters gathered outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office to demonstrate against legislation aimed at repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Blackmon is senior pastor at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant and an acting executive minister for the church's national justice and witness ministries.

In 2014, less than six months after an unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer, Blackmon was one of 16 people appointed by then-Gov. Jay Nixon to the commission, charged with studying social and economic conditions in the St. Louis region.

MEDICAL CHART * BJC HealthCare topper Steven Lipstein has been recognized for his leadership by a national health organization.

The National Center for Healthcare Leadership has given Lipstein, BJC's chief executive officer, the 2017 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award. The organization lauded Lipstein's "tireless work increasing access to high quality healthcare throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois. …

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