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.


Electronic Surveillance
10:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ACLU Sharply Critical Of Expanding Surveillance Camera Use In St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Paul Sableman)

Updated with comments from the ACLU press conference, additional information on cameras, and additional comments from the city.

A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri finds the city of St. Louis is doing a poor job preserving the privacy rights of residents and visitors as it expands its network of surveillance cameras. 

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New Life Evangelistic Center
5:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Another Delay In Battle Over Downtown Homeless Shelter

New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust St.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A nearly two-year-old fight to close the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis will last a while longer. 

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Beyond Ferguson
5:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Clergy's Role In The Ferguson Protests Is Controversial And Expected

Clergy stand guard around a memorial to Mike Brown and other victims of police violence on October 14, 2014. The action was part of a day of civil disobedience.
Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Though he didn’t want to go to jail, Rabbi Ari Kaiman, the assistant rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona, was willing to be arrested in front of the Ferguson police station on Monday.

It was the fifth day of Sukkot, the holiday during which Jews are commanded to dwell outside in temporary houses with open roofs. The holiday calls for an act of vulnerability, Kaiman said, trusting that God will provide the protection needed.

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Ferguson October
4:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ferguson October Day Four: Dozens of Arrests During 'Day of Civil Disobedience'

Demonstrators sketched a chalk outline of a body on the pavement of the Ferguson police station on Oct. 13.
Credit Rachel Lippman / St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 10:45 p.m. with additional information about the arrests)

Amid pouring rains and a tornado watch, the fourth day of a national call to action in St. Louis included protests and dozens of arrests in Ferguson and elsewhere.

The events Monday included a march led by clergy to the Ferguson Police Department, a "dead-in" at Washington University in St. Louis and a demonstration at St. Louis City Hall.

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Ferguson October
3:15 am
Sat October 11, 2014

First Day Of FergusonOctober Protest Is Peaceful

A crowd marches through the streets of Clayton.
Credit Rebecca Smith| St. Louis Public Radio

Onlookers watched from tall office buildings as about 300 rain soaked protesters marched through Clayton Friday afternoon.

The event marked the start of Ferguson October, a series of rallies, marches, and educational events that will run through Monday. Organizers hope this weekend’s events will build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence and will keep focus on Michael Brown's shooting.

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Shaw Shooting
7:31 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

St. Louis Police Now Encrypting Radio Traffic After Protesters Listened In

Protesters on Flora Place in the Shaw neighborhood on Oct. 9, 2014. A protester with a bullhorn was telling the crowd police had blocked off the street.
Credit Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has begun encrypting its radio transmissions after a night of unrest in south St. Louis.  

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Vonderrit Myers
6:54 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

After Fatal Off-Duty Police Shooting, Investigation And Reflection Begin

A crowd protests the shooting death of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on Oct. 8, 2014.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis circuit attorney is pledging a thorough and transparent investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers. Myers was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis by an off-duty police officer.

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Shaw neighborhood violence
12:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Fatal Shooting By Off-Duty St. Louis Police Officer Sets Off Protest In Shaw Neighborhood

A crowd gathers at Klemm Street and Shaw Boulevard at the scene of the fatal shooting Wednesday night.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional information.

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer working a second job with a private security company shot and killed a young black man, 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers Jr. The incident happened in the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis Wednesday night and drew a tense crowd that shouted at police and beat on their cruisers.

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Metropolitan Taxicab Commission
5:23 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Uber Black Gets License To Operate In St. Louis

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

Uber has made it to St. Louis.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday approved a license for the company's "Black" service, which allows people to use a cell phone app to call for an already-licensed premium sedan. It works much the same way as the apps that many area cab companies use for reserving taxis.  

Two and a half months ago, the region’s taxi commission changed its regulations to accommodate Uber -- changes that had taken months to negotiate.

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Michael Brown Shooting
6:04 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Judge Rules Against Police Enforcing 'Five-Second Rule' In Ferguson

Protesters in Ferguson on Aug. 15, just days before the 'five-second rule' took effect.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren I St. Louis Public Radio / St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge in St. Louis has ruled that police in Ferguson cannot enforce what became known as the "five-second rule."  

The rule was a crowd-control strategy to respond to violence in Ferguson developed by the St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, along with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Officers had noticed that whenever marchers paused, crowds would spread into the streets, blocking vehicle and foot traffic.

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