Rachel Lippmann


Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.


Human Trafficking
11:13 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

With Human Trafficking More In The Spotlight, Resources Are At A Premium For Victims

Dedee Lhamon (far right), the founder and executive director of The Covering House, listens to Rep. Ann Wagner speak at a July 2014 conference on human trafficking at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

February first is Super Bowl Sunday. By presidential declaration, it’s also Freedom Day, marking the end of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

As awareness of human trafficking has grown, lawmakers at the state and national levels have been doing what they can to combat it. But most of the heavy lifting falls on the shoulders of non-profits.

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Civilian Oversight Board
5:42 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Chaos At Hearing On Civilian Oversight Bill Highlights Ongoing Divisions Between Police, Community

Police and protesters scuffle after police union business manager Jeff Roorda allegedly grabbed a protester at a January 28 meeting of the public safety committee.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

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

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has released the following statement:

"A police report with multiple complainants has been filed relative to the incident that occurred during last night's public hearing at City Hall.  There is an ongoing investigation to determine what occurred. " 

Our original story

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More Patrols
3:02 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

After Break, St. Louis Police Reinstate 'Hot Spot' Tactics

St. Louis Metropolitan police chief Sam Dotson addresses officers who will be participating in a week-long hot spot in three St. Louis neighborhoods.
Credit Katelyn Petrin/St. Louis Public Radio

Saying it's time to get back police back into the neighborhoods, St. Louis Metropolitan police chief Sam Dotson on Monday launched the first of three so-called "hot spots" -- or additional patrols designed to combat areas experiencing an uptick in crime.   

For the next week or so, officers from city-wide units will help patrol the Carr Square, St. Louis Place and Old North neighborhoods north and west of downtown. Officers have been told by their commanders to be visible and to focus on arresting people, even for minor crimes.

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Mack's Creek Law
1:10 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

New Cities Added To Attorney General Lawsuit Over Traffic Fines

Attorney General Chris Koster announces the filing of legal action against cities that get too much of their revenue from fines and fees on December 18, 2014.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:00 p.m. with comments from Koster, additional details.

Four more tiny municipalities in north St. Louis County are facing legal action for their failure to comply with a state law limiting how much cities can collect in traffic fines per year. 

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Missouri Politics
5:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Live Blog: Gov. Nixon's State Of The State Address

Jay Nixon
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

This is where you can follow St. Louis Public Radio reporters' tweets, comments and observations of the governor's State of the State speech. Governor Nixon is expected to begin speaking at 7 p.m., which is when we'll start things rolling here, too.

Listen live with us at 90.7 FM or online.

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Missouri Sunshine Law
5:38 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Judge Considering Whether To Force The State To Release Name Of Execution Pharmacy

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/California Department of Corrections)

A Cole County judge is considering whether the state of Missouri needs to make more information public about the way it performs executions.

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Public Safety Diversity
4:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

St. Louis To Expand Police Minority Recruitment Program

Mayor Francis Slay announces that the city will help the Ethical Society of Police expand its recruitment program to the entire Department of Public Safety on Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 with approval of money.

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment approved $39,000 of the proposed $50,000 for the minority recruitment program. An additional $11,000 may be available next fiscal year. The city and the Ethical Society of Police must still sign a contract outlining the details.

The grant comes as the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department faces a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint over its promotion policies. The St. Louis Fire Department has faced several lawsuits over the same issue.

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Michael Brown
4:38 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Activists Seek Investigation Of How McCulloch Handled Grand Jury

Four Ferguson activists have gone to court seeking an investigation into St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Four St. Louis area activists who are familiar faces in Ferguson are asking the St. Louis County circuit court to order an investigation into the way prosecutor Bob McCulloch handled the Darren Wilson grand jury.

The case, filed late Thursday, seeks to use section 106 of the Missouri Revised Statutes to force judge Maura McShane to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch. McCulloch has been a lightning rod for criticism from the start of the case. 

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St. Louis Homicides
11:09 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Dotson, Slay Dismayed By Six Violent Deaths, Police Will Monitor Surveillance Cameras

Mayor Francis Slay with police chief Sam Dotson.
Credit UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Updated at 1:35 p.m. Friday with additional information about the crimes.

A spate of violence in St. Louis overnight Wednesday left six people dead in five unrelated incidents.

"This is a big black eye on our city," a somber Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference Thursday evening. "I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for the families of these victims. This is something that we're not proud of." 

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Court Secrecy
4:42 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Larry Flynt Seeks Records In Missouri Execution Case

Larry Flynt, pictured here in 2009, wants to be able to access sealed records in a case challenging Missouri's execution protocol
Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com)

The publisher of Hustler Magazine is asking a federal appeals court to allow him to get records filed as part of a legal challenge to Missouri's execution protocol.

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