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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Left Bank Books
2:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Left Bank Books To Close Downtown Location

Left Bank Books has announced that its downtown location will close at the end of May.
Credit (via Flickr/Heath Harris)

Calling it a decision based on the numbers, Left Bank Books has announced plans to close its downtown store at 10th and Olive streets. 

"We could not make the numbers work going forward," co-owner Kris Kleindienst said. "We tried really hard, our landlord tried really hard, and it just wouldn't work for our store."

She and co-owner Jarek Steele were evaluating the numbers "every day" since the store had opened in December 2008.   

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Music Festivals
4:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Summer Rocks" Bill Rolls To Mayor Slay

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign a measure bringing two music festivals the size of Lollapalooza to St. Louis.
Credit (via Flickr/akasped)

Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day  weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.

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Brownfield Tax Credits
5:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Schweich Gives Low Marks To State Brownfield Tax Credits

A new audit says Missouri’s Department of Economic Development did not provide proper oversight to state tax credits designed to help developers clean up contaminated property.

In the report released Thursday, State Auditor Tom Schweich gave the Missouri Brownfield Tax Credit program his lowest rating possible. The program awarded more than $185 million in credits between 2000 and 2013.

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Youth Gun Violence
5:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Forum At UMSL Looks For Solutions To 'Epidemic' Of Gun Violence Affecting Youth

Credit (via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Every year more than 20,000 children ages 0 to 19 are injured by guns, said Dr. David Jaffe, the medical director of emergency services at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Every day, seven of those injuries are fatal. 

Jaffe's hospital treats an average of 70 kids a year with gunshot wounds.

In late March, an 11-year-old boy was killed in his home in south St. Louis when he was hit by bullets fired at his house. Less than a week later, an 11-year-old girl was shot and critically injured as she was coming home from a fast food restaurant with her father, he said.

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Arts & Culture
9:49 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

'Deep And Authentic' Passion Fuels Cardinal Nation

Fans wave their rally towels as St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 in the NLCS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. St. Louis won the game 4-3.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

After 161 days, baseball returns to Busch Stadium Monday, with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Cincinnati Reds. And that means across the city, thousands of bosses have approved vacation days with a knowing smile. Some may have even said, “I’ll see you there.”

Cardinal baseball is probably the closest thing you can get to a government-sanctioned religion without running afoul of the First Amendment. It is a passion that unites a city from April to September and beyond.

What It Means To Root For the Cardinals

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Politics & Issues
11:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Videotaped Incident Puts Spotlight On Police Interaction With The Mentally Ill

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

A video that shows two St. Louis police department officers striking a man has once again put the spotlight on the fraught interaction between police and the mentally ill.

The man, Mario Crump, has a history of mental illness. His family had called police for assistance because he was acting erratically. It’s not clear what happened before and after the 40-second video, which was shot by a family member. The incident happened March 21 at Crump's house in the 4300 block of Lee.

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Gene Stubblefield
2:20 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Attorneys Argue Over Fate Of Former City Corrections Commissioner

Gene Stubblefield appeared with his former attorney in front on the Board of Aldermen in October 2011. He has sued the city, seeking a return to his old job as corrections commissioner.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The fate of the city of St. Louis 's former corrections commissioner is now in the hands of Judge Robert Dierker.

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Radio Network
11:52 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Statewide Radio Network Eases Communication For St. Louis Police, State Highway Patrol

The 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade marked the first use of a statewide radio network by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Credit (Credit: Flickr/Brad Tutterow)

The St. Patrick's Day Parade marked the first time the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department relied on a single, statewide radio network to communicate with each other. And, according to all parties, the experience was a success.

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Michael Cook
5:45 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Cook Gets Two Years In St. Clair County Heroin Case

Michael Cook is sworn in as a St. Clair County judge in 2010. He was sentenced on March 28 to two years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.
Credit (Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat) / (http://www.bnd.com)

A former St. Clair County judge will spend two years in federal prison for federal drug and weapons charges. 

"When judges fall from grace, we expect them to land a little bit harder than the rest of us," said Judge Joe Billy McDade when he handed out the sentence to Michael Cook this afternoon. Cook pleaded guilty in November to heroin possession, and to being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

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STL 250
10:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Why Do Fish Fries Catch All Kinds Of St. Louis Fans?

Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The origin of eating fish on Fridays goes back a long way in the Catholic Church, but the origin of the tradition is disputed. Some say it’s a form of personal sacrifice meant to remember the death of Jesus. Others say it was the result of an 8th century papal decree to help the Italian fishermen.

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