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.


Public Safety Diversity
5:05 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

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

The city of St. Louis plans to expand a recruitment program piloted by the black police officer’s association that will increase diversity in its public safety department as a whole. 

For the past year, members of the Ethical Society of Police have recruited and mentored young black men they think would make good police officers. The society offers support for recruits that includes a 10-week class on the basics of police work and help with the police academy application. 

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Ferguson Flight Restrictions
8:58 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Belmar: Ferguson No-Fly Zone Was All About Safety

St. Louis County police chief Jon Belmar, shown here on Sept. 4, said an August no-fly zone in Ferguson was implemented for safety, not to keep out the media.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

 The St. Louis County police chief is disputing a report the Associated Press published over the weekend that said an August no-fly zone over Ferguson was meant to keep media helicopters from the area.  

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Ferguson Shooting
4:31 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

McCulloch Urges Public To Have Faith In Ferguson Grand Jury Process

Bob McCulloch has released two statements in two days about the Ferguson grand jury> His spokesperson said it's an effort to "clear up what's been hanging out there."
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

For the second time in two days, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has issued a statement on the grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown. 

"The purpose of the criminal justice system is to search for justice, but before one can determine what is just, one must first determine what is true," read the statement from McCulloch's office, released on Friday morning. "At this stage, the grand jury is engaged in that search for truth."

Spiritualism In St. Louis
10:09 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

In Haunted City, Reaching Out To Ghosts Has a Long History

Dave Riordan in Claymorgan Alley.
Credit Willis Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

Like most old cities, St. Louis has its share of ghost stories.

There’s the Lemp Mansion, haunted by the the tragic history of the beer baron’s family.

There’s the Rock House on the campus of the Edgewood Children’s Home in Webster Groves, and the spirits that roam the land near Ralston Purina, which was once the site of a medical college and later a Civil War-era prison.

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2:55 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ferguson Officials Deny Any Plans To Change Police Operations

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday turned into a day of denials, as Ferguson officials denied national reports that the police chief is out, and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch denied that the grand jury had leaked details about its probe into the Ferguson police shooting.

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Community Coalition For Clemency
3:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Coalition Calls On Nixon To Ease Sentences Of Abuse Victims

Credit (via Flickr/s_falkow)

Updated at 4:35 p.m. with comment from Governor Jay Nixon.

A alliance of legal and political figures has launched an effort to get clemency for 14 women incarcerated in Missouri. 

The women are in prison for violent crimes, including murder. But coalition members said many were battered women who killed their abusers and others did not directly harm anyone by committing their crimes. All were victims of abuse starting at a young age and some had addiction problems.

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Oscar Taveras
10:47 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Accident

Oscar Taveras takes a swing against the Baltimore Orioles during a game in August at Camden Yards. Taveras, 22 was killed in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic on Oct. 26.
Credit via Flickr/Keith Allison

Updated at 6:10 p.m. Monday with statements from John Mozeliak. Updated 10:45 a.m. Monday with a statement from Mike Matheny.

The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the death of one of their brightest rookie players.

Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident Sunday in the Dominican Republic when his 2014 Chevy Camaro ran off a road near his hometown, according to the country's national police spokesman and Taveras' agent. His girlfriend was also killed in the accident.

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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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