Rachel Lippmann

Reporter

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.

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Conflict In Israel
3:07 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Israeli Diplomat Brings Praise For St. Louis's Support Of Israel

The Israeli diplomat who handles the country's business in the Midwest brought a message of gratitude to St. Louis Tuesday night for the support the local Jewish community has shown to Israel during its three-week military campaign in Gaza. 

"I am a conduit between you and Jerusalem," Roey Gilad, the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, told a standing-room-only crowd at the Jewish Community Center. "The message that I am going to take from here and deliver to Jerusalem is sound and clear. St. Louis stands with Israel, and the right of Israel to self-defense."

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Twig galls
6:16 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Blame Wasps And Squirrels For All The Oak Leaves On Your Lawn

A gouty horned gall on a pin oak. The growth is caused by a small wasp, and will eventually grow large enough to cut off nutrients to the leaf.
Credit (Courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden)

If you have an oak tree in your yard, you may have found yourself picking up more leaves and branches than expected this summer. 

According to Missouri Botanical Garden horticulturist Chip Tynan, there are two culprits.

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.

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Dawon Gore
3:54 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault

Dawon Gore, a 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police department, faces second-degree assault charges.
Credit (Provided by St. Louis County police)

A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force was suspended without pay Friday after being charged with second-degree assault for breaking a man's hand with his police baton. 

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Dawon Gore, 44, has not been at work since the April 21 incident at the North Hanley MetroLink station. Gore had been serving as an officer in the MetroLink unit. 

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Uber Black
7:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Taxi Commission Clears Path For Uber Black In St. Louis

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

Updated at 9:30 p.m. with comments from Uber.

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. 

The San Francisco-based ride-share company wanted to open up the possibility of more competition in the black car market before it would even apply for a license to operate Uber Black here. The app dispatches already-licensed premium sedans from a smart phone.

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The Unbanked
10:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Ten Percent Of Households In The St. Louis Area Don't Use Banks: Here's Why, And What's Being Done

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(Updated at 10:45 am Friday to reflect that Gateway Bank did open additional locations.)

Think about everything you spend money on in a month. There’s housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, a night out with friends here and there.

Now imagine paying for all of those things without using a debit card or check.  

That would put you among the ranks of the unbanked. In 2012, the term applied to 10 percent of the population in the St. Louis metro area. Local groups want to get 20,000 of them a bank account by the middle of 2015.

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Human Trafficking
4:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri addresses a panel on human trafficking. Listening are Dr. Denise DeGarmo of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Deidre Lhamon of The Covering House.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

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 Shimkus and Rodney Davis of Illinois.

Attendees also learned:

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General Obligation Bond
5:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Reed Delays Board Vote On Bond Issue St. Louis

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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.

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. 

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Priest sex abuse
12:10 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

St. Louis Archdiocese, Plaintiff Reach Settlement In Case Of Doe Vs. Ross

Credit (via Flickr/Patty Vicknair)

Updated with comments from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, additional information about pending civil cases.

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. 

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. 

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Archdiocese Of St. Louis
9:27 am
Mon July 7, 2014

What Was At Stake: St. Louis Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case

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UPDATE: July 7, 9:30 a.m.

The St. Louis Archdiocese announced this morning that it had settled a civil lawsuit in the case of Doe Vs. Ross.

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. The terms of the settlement are confidential. 

For more on the background of what was at stake in Doe vs. Ross, read below:

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General Obligation Bond
7:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

St. Louis City Bond Clears Committee, But Heads To Aldermen Under Shroud Of Controversy

Members of the city budget committee question board president Lewis Reed (in gray) and deputy comptroller Ivy Pinkston about a $200 million bond issue.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.  

The whole debate started last week, when board president Lewis Reed unveiled a version of the bond issue that included a specific list of projects, such as $10 million in home repair funds.

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