Rachel Lippmann http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blame-wasps-and-squirrels-all-oak-leaves-your-lawn <p>If you have an oak tree in your yard, you may have found yourself picking up more leaves and branches than expected this summer.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturist Chip </span>Tynan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, there are two culprits.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first are tiny wasps that cause a growth, known as a gall, to form on twigs and small branches of oak trees. The second offender are squirrels, who think the galls make a tasty snack.</span></p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:16:09 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38366 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-officer-charged-assault <p>A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force was suspended without pay Friday after <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/235108021/Dawon-Gore-PC" target="_blank">being charged with second-degree assault </a>for breaking a man's hand with his police baton.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:54:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault Taxi Commission Clears Path For Uber Black In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/taxi-commission-clears-path-uber-black-st-louis <p><strong>Updated at 9:30 p.m. with comments from Uber.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday loosened some of the restrictions on premium sedan companies in the city, in an effort to convince Uber to enter the market.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:11:19 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38264 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Taxi Commission Clears Path For Uber Black In St. Louis Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ten-percent-households-st-louis-area-dont-use-banks-heres-why-and-whats-being-done <p><strong>(Updated at 10:45 am Friday to reflect that Gateway Bank did open additional locations.)</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think about everything you spend money on in a month. There’s housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, a night out with friends here and there.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now imagine paying for all of those things without using a debit card or check. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:16:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38151 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/human-trafficking-summit-sheds-light-harsh-reality-some-see-no-further-role-feds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.</span></p><p>That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John&nbsp;Shimkus&nbsp;and Rodney Davis of Illinois.</p><p>Attendees also learned:</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:54:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reed-delays-board-vote-bond-issue-st-louis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Board of Aldermen is unlikely to vote on a $200 million bond issue until after the August primary election. That's because Board president Lewis Reed put a temporary kibosh on bill by tabling any discussion of the issue.</span></p><p>Reed cited a litany of reasons for the delay, including the need to continue negotiations with the mayor's office and fine-tune the bill.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:22:25 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-archdiocese-plaintiff-reach-settlement-case-doe-vs-ross <p><em>Updated with comments from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, additional information about pending civil cases.</em></p><p>The Archdiocese of St. Louis settled a civil case Monday in which a young woman accused a former priest of raping her – and the archdiocese of putting her and other children at risk by moving the priest from parish to parish.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jury selection was scheduled to get underway Monday morning in the case of Jane Doe 92 vs. Ross. The terms of the settlement are confidential.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37829 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross What Was At Stake: St. Louis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/what-was-stake-st-louis-archdiocese-settles-sex-abuse-case <p><strong>UPDATE: July 7, 9:30 a.m.</strong></p><p>The St. Louis Archdiocese&nbsp;announced this morning that it had settled a civil lawsuit in the case of Doe Vs. Ross.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The case was set to go to court this morning starting with jury selection. But the Archdiocese called a press conference to announce the settlement.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The terms of the settlement are confidential.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>For more on the background of what was at stake in Doe vs. Ross, read below:</em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:27:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37765 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What Was At Stake: St. Louis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case St. Louis City Bond Clears Committee, But Heads To Aldermen Under Shroud Of Controversy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-city-bond-clears-committee-heads-aldermen-under-shroud-controversy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A $200 million dollar city bond issue that would include some money for residents to repair their homes is on its way to the Board of Aldermen. But those funds likely won't be there for long. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:57:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37744 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis City Bond Clears Committee, But Heads To Aldermen Under Shroud Of Controversy Effort To Make City Bond More Transparent Causes Delay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/effort-make-city-bond-more-transparent-causes-delay <p>The president of the Board of Aldermen thinks voters deserve to know exactly what kinds of projects they're getting when they vote on a $195 million bond issue in November. But listing what kind of projects are covered could delay the process of putting the bond issue in front of those voters.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:20:20 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 37564 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Effort To Make City Bond More Transparent Causes Delay