Julie Bierach

Reporter/ Newscaster

Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.

Bierach returned to St. Louis Public Radio in November 2010 after working in public relations at the Missouri Botanical Garden. She was previously the station’s science and technology reporter.

Bierach worked in Tucson, Arizona at Arizona Public Media where she was the host of the station’s weekly news magazine, Arizona Spotlight. While in Tucson, she reported on a variety of topics facing the desert southwest, including illegal immigration. Her reports have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Day to Day.

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Unemployment Rate
9:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mo. Unemployment Rate Edges Lower

Credit (via Flickr/KellyB.)

A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate edged lower in January while the state recorded a net loss  of 4,700 jobs.

Tuesday's report from the Department of Economic Development says the state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent in January, down one-tenth of a point from December.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the largest decline in jobs with a drop of 2,700 positions. The manufacturing sector lost 1,400 jobs, and the information sector lost 1,200 jobs.

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Business
10:10 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Express Scripts Reporting U.S. Spending Less On Traditional Drugs

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Citing data released by Express Scripts Holding Co., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that for the first time in more than 20 years, there was a decrease last year in U.S. spending on traditional prescription drugs.

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Crime
7:38 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Judge Issues 'Guilty' Verdict Today In Steak 'n Shake Murders

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  Updated 11:40 a.m.

An Illinois man has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2008 killings of a St. Louis-area Steak 'n Shake restaurant cook and waitress.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Richard Bresnahan announced the verdict Monday for 23-year-old Oundr'e Akins of Cahokia, Ill. Because Akins agreed to a trial before a judge instead of a jury, the death penalty option was waived. When sentenced March 21, Akins faces the only option of life in prison without parole.

Earlier story:

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Feature
4:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Free After 30 Years: What Now For George Allen?

George Allen walks out of the Cole County Courthouse on November 14, 2012. A state appeals court today vacated his 1983 rape and murder convictions.
George Allen walks out of the Cole County Courthouse on November 14, 2012. A state appeals court today vacated his 1983 rape and murder convictions.

George Allen served 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Last year,  a judge told Allen that he had been wrongfully convicted and set him free. It’s been several months since Allen left prison, and to some who fought so hard to get him out; his release is bittersweet and not enough.

The crime was brutal. In February 1982, St. Louis court reporter Mary Bell was found dead in her LaSalle neighborhood apartment. She had been raped and stabbed.

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Crime
5:30 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Two St. Louis Police Officers Shot In North City

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1 p.m.

St. Louis prosecutors have filed several felony charges against a 44-year-old man accused of shooting the two officers.

Rico A. Martin faces two counts of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed criminal action, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and felony drug charges.

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Winter Storm
5:04 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

St. Louis Area Wrestles Winter Storm Aftermath

A motorist is helped after encountering a snow drift on Highway 64 in Ladue, Mo. on February 21, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated at 11:57 a.m. 2/22. Will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

McCaskill Named Chair Of Group Focused On Finding 'Government Waste, Fraud, Abuse'

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill became the Chairman of the new Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight today.

Since 2009, the Democratic Senator, has led the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, a temporary subcommittee that passed reforms to wartime contracting.

In a statement, McCaskill's says the new subcommittee will focus on government waste, fraud and abuse in every federal agency and department.

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Gun Policy
1:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Mo. Senators Respond To Obama's Call For More Background Checks For Gun Purchases

A gun show in Houston, Texas in 2007.
(via Flickr/ M Glasgow)

During his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama emphasized the need for more background checks for gun buyers, saying that that the majority of Americans favor the proposal as a way to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

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Mo. Senator Claire McCaskill
12:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

McCaskill To Meet With Kerry About Security Prior To Confirmation Hearings

Credit (via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

On the heels of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Benghazi attack Wednesday morning, Missouri’s U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she will be speaking to Senator John Kerry about embassy security prior to his confirmation hearings.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, McCaskill said that she feels very strongly that the U.S. should not have contracted security in places where we are in conflict. She said the military should guard those embassies.

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Stan Musial
10:16 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

State, Fed. Lawmakers And Gov. Nixon Push To Name New Bridge For Musial

Construction continues on the new Misssissippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis. Two bills filed today in the Mo. Senate would name the bridge the "Stan Musial Memorial Bridge."
Mo. Dept. of Transportation

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has sent a letter to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) asking him to join in the effort to name the under-construction Mississippi River Bridge north of downtown St. Louis after Stan Musial.  A section of the letter reads:

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