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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Voting Rights Act
12:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Ferguson-Florissant Schools Sued Over At-Large Board Elections

Ferguson-Florissant parent Redditt Hudson, attorney Dale Ho, and past school candidate Willis Johnson at a press conference announcing a lawsuit against the Ferguson-Florissant schools on December 18.
Credit (Diane Balogh/ACLU of Missouri)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, along with its national voting rights division, has sued the Ferguson-Florissant School District over the way members of the school board are elected. 

"Every community has the right to representation in their government," said Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. "Unfortunately for too long, African-Americans in the Ferguson-Florissant school district have been denied that opportunity." 

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Increasing police efforts
4:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

St. Louis Mayor Slay Outlines Plans To Fund More Police

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:00 with comments from Mayor Slay.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said Wednesday he's found a way to fund 160 additional police officers over the next two years, plus get money for proven crime prevention programs and more training for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

"We can do things like look for more efficiencies, and do hiring freezes, things like that, but it's not going to raise the necessary dollars to hire that many cops," Slay said. "Cops are very expensive, but it's money well-spent."  

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Municipal Courts
11:11 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Few Participating In Warrant Amnesty Programs In City, County

Credit sxc.hu

Participation in two warrant forgiveness programs has been slow, and officials in St. Louis and St. Louis County are trying to figure out why.

In October, Mayor Francis Slay announced that St. Louis' municipal court would lift arrest warrants for people who had failed to take care of a minor traffic violation. The court ran ads in local media, sent postcards to any address they had on file for individuals with a warrant, partnered with local social service organizations to spread the word, and even recorded a message on the court's phone system.

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Ferguson Grand Jury
6:44 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Interview With Dorian Johnson Among New Grand Jury Documents Released

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch on November 24, 2014, announcing that Darren Wilson will not be charged with a crime for Mike Brown's death.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch released more grand jury testimony in the case of former Ferguson police office Darren Wilson on Saturday, including the law enforcement interview with Dorian Johnson, who was with Michael Brown when he was killed in August.

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Sunset Hills Mayor Charged
10:04 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Update: Sunset Hills Mayor Indicted; Faces Felony Assault Charges In Incident With Cyclist

Mark Furrer
Credit city of Sunset Hills website

Updated on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014:

Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer was indicted by a St. Louis County grand jury Wednesday. Ed Magee, a spokesperson for the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office, confirmed the indictment Friday. Magee said a judge signed the indictment Thursday and the case will now move to the circuit court.

Update from Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014:

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Beyond Ferguson
12:03 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Court Orders Better Warning Before Tear Gas; In Tower Grove South, Chief Hears Of Trust Lost

Police chief Sam Dotson addresses Tower Grove South residents at a community meeting on December 12, 2014.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday that requires police to give adequate warning before deploying tear gas at lawful protests and to ensure people have safe exit routes. The ruling came as residents told St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson that the department has a lot to do to regain the trust of the community it is supposed to serve.

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Priorities, Problems
12:18 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated with new interviews)

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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Police Oversight
12:24 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bill Would Create Long-Awaited Civilian Oversight Board For St. Louis Police

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

This story will be updated. Updated at 1:45 p.m. with comments from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will take the first step Friday toward the creation of a civilian oversight board for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

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Public Safety
6:15 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Slay Seeks Funding For 160 New Police Officers In St. Louis

St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers before beginning a "hotspot" patrol in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood in May 2014. Mayor Francis Slay wants to add an additional 160 officers over two years.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants to put an additional 160 officers on the streets of the city over the next two years.  

"This is basically patrolling neighborhoods," Slay said in an interview. "This is more cops on the streets. We're not talking about administrative positions; we're not talking about other things that wouldn't have a direct impact on neighborhoods."

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Implicit Bias
12:35 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Despite State Law, Police Departments In Missouri Still Struggle With Bias In Policing

Rich Anderson (left) with one of his Speed Factory Athletics runners at a 2013 competition
Credit via Facebook/Speed Factory Athletics

Since 2000, police departments in the state of Missouri have been required by law to report information about their traffic stops – including the race of the person pulled over. 

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