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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Missouri Supreme Court
5:17 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Commission Announces Nominees For Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

The Appellate Judicial Commission has announced the nominees to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court. The nominees are Mike Manners, Stan Wallach and Paul Wilson.

According to a press release, Manners is a circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in Jackson County. He earned his law degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He lives in Lee's Summit.

Wallach is a St. Louis attorney at the Wallach Law Firm. He earned his law degree in 1992 from the University of Chicago Law School. He lives in Kirkwood, Mo.

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On Probation
6:24 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Unlikely Secret Weapon: Probation Program Led By Former Felon

Clark Porter, (at left) was once a felon. He's now a probation worker in the same district that once convicted him. Doug Burris (at right) is the Chief Probation Officer in the district.
(via Washington University in St. Louis)

Clark Porter is a social worker at the Federal Probation Office in St. Louis. Once upon a time, he was a violent felon. But he turned his life around and is now helping ex-offenders on probation do the same.

In the second of a two-part series, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports on a program Porter and a colleague created that’s keeping many ex-offenders out of prison.

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On Probation
6:26 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Unlikely Secret Weapon: Former Felon Becomes Probation Worker

Clark Porter, once a felon, is now a probation worker in the same district that once convicted him.
(via Washington University in St. Louis)

There are thousands of people on federal probation in the St. Louis area. And officials are always looking for ways to keep them from going back to prison, by creating new programs and hiring new people.

In the first of a two-part series on the federal probation office in the Eastern District, St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach reports that the office has an unlikely secret weapon.

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Developing: Lewis Reed Announcement
6:14 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Reed Announces Entry To 2013 Mayoral Race

St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed announces his run for mayor in the 2013 race on October 3, 2012.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:50 with comments from Mayor Slay.

The long-rumored Democratic rumble for mayor of St. Louis is on. 

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed officially threw his hat into the ring today in a press conference at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

This campaign is a "mission of change," Reed told his supporters, calling Slay an ineffective leader more interested in photo ops and managing the media than with bringing people together to solve the city's problems.

Lafayette Square, he said, was improved through cooperation. Ineffective leadership has stifled similar efforts citywide.

"We can accept those things that divide us, or we can work toward a common purpose to improve our communities," Reed said. "We can continue to develop reactionary policies, or we can bring the brightest minds together to develop long-term strategies to turn St. Louis into a world-class destination."

Here are some highlights from Reed's announcement:

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Death Penalty
7:55 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Propofol Manufacturer Will Not Sell Drug for Executions

This gurney is used to perform executions at a facility in Terre Haute, Ind. by lethal injection.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

A manufacturer of the anesthetic blamed for Michael Jackson's overdose death says it won't allow the drug to be sold for use in executions.
 
Drug maker Fresenius Kabi USA is one of two domestic suppliers of propofol, which has been singled out as a lethal injection alternative amid a drug shortage that's forced several states to revise their execution protocols. Missouri this year said it would become the first state to use propofol as an execution drug.
 

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Vehicle Crash
8:30 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Early Morning Crash Closes West I-44 in Eureka

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Updated at 8:35 a.m. with information from the Associated Press:

The Missouri Highway Patrol confirms that one driver is dead and another injured in the multi-vehicle crash on I-44 near Six Flags St. Louis.  The accident occurred in dense fog.

The accident happened about 5 a.m. this morning and closed the westbound lanes of I-44.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Morning Headlines: Monday, September 24, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Gingrich in St. Louis to support Todd Akin

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be in suburban St. Louis on Monday at a fundraiser and news conference in support of Todd Akin's Senate campaign. The men are scheduled to appear at a $500-per-person, or $750-per-couple, fundraiser. They'll also speak at a late-morning news conference in Kirkwood.

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Reginald Clemons
1:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Clemons's supporters question integrity of prosecution

The Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis (photo by Creative Commons user ChrisYunker)

A judge is considering evidence in the death penalty case of Reginald Clemons after four days of testimony this week.

During a press conference Friday morning, Clemons’s parents stood alongside representatives from the ACLU, and the NAACP, to condemn what they call a broken justice system that’s responsible for sending their son to death row.

Clemons was convicted for the 1991 rape and murder of 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry.

Bishop Reynolds Thomas is Clemons father. He says the justice system is corrupt.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, September 21, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Judge tosses lawsuit against Joyce Meyers Ministries

A southwestern Illinois judge has tossed a lawsuit against a televangelist filed by the family of a woman who was strangled along with her two sons.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre this week signed the order dismissing the lawsuit against Missouri-based Joyce Meyer Ministries. But he said it can be refiled within 30 days - something an attorney for the family says they will do.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 20, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Three people killed on Grand Bridge following early morning police chase

The Grand Bridge was closed for several hours early Thursday morning as the result of a vehicle crash that left three people dead and another person critically injured.

The crash happened as the car was fleeing police.

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