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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Marriage Equality
8:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Mayor Slay Marries Four Same-Sex Couples At City Hall

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Last updated 3:59 p.m.

Mayor Francis Slay issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples Wednesday night, in a direct challenge to Missouri's ban on such unions. 

"St. Louis is a city that doesn’t tolerate discrimination," Mayor Francis Slay said in a statement. "We are sending a message on what’s right, and I can’t think of anything more right than this."

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Red light cameras
7:10 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To St. Louis Red Light Cameras

Credit (via Flickr/functoruser)

The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear a legal challenge to a red light camera program.

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Tillie's Corner
9:17 am
Mon June 23, 2014

City Landmark Status Sought For "Tillie's Corner"

Tillie Pearson at her grocery store in 1948, when she was 33.
(provided by Carla Pearson Alexander)

Updated June 25th with vote results

The Preservation Board voted unanimously Monday to approve the city landmark designation. It still requires action by the Board of Aldermen.

Our original story

The St. Louis Preservation Board will vote tonight on whether to make the site of a north St. Louis grocery store a city landmark.

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Fake Pot
5:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Feds Charge 28 In Connection With Synthetic Drug Ring

Some of the synthetic drugs seized in raids related to federal indictments made public on June 18, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Federal prosecutors say they have dismantled a criminal ring that allegedly distributed at least $18 million worth of synthetic drugs across the country over the last three years. 

Six federal and ten local agencies participated in the investigation, which special agent James P. Shrouba,  the head of the St. Louis office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, said took down an entire organization from the producers to the retailers. Twenty-eight people from Illinois, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana were either arrested or surrendered to authorities.

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Cosmetology lawsuit
4:59 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Hair Braiders Sue Over Missouri's Licensing Requirement

Ndioba Niang, one of two plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that forces hair braiders to have a cosmetology license, works on the hair of Leia Jackson on June 17, 2014.

Updated with comment from plaintiffs, copy of legal complaint. Updated at 1:35 p.m. to correct spelling of Tameka Stigers' last name. Updated at 2:25 p.m. to correct spelling of Ndioba Niang's first name.

A libertarian advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Missouri law that requires African-style hair braiders to get a cosmetology license or face fines and jail time.

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World Series Tickets
10:06 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Internal Police Documents

(St. Louis Public Radio)

A second St. Louis judge has ruled that police officers have no right to expect that statements they make during internal investigations won’t be released to the public.

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Out Of Context
2:38 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

St. Louis Catholic Church Defends Archbishop Carlson

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
(via Flickr/kat93117)

The St. Louis Archdiocese is blasting the notion that Archbishop Robert Carlson did not know child sexual abuse was a crime during his 24 years of service in Minnesota, saying statements he made to that effect in a deposition were taken out of context.

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Demolitions
8:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Wrecking Crews Target Problem Properties In Vandeventer Neighborhood

Demolition crews work on a building at 4331 Evans Ave., one of 26 decaying buildings the city will tear down in the Vandeventer neighborhood.
Credit (Parth Shah/St. Louis Public Radio)

Over the next several months, the city of St. Louis will spend $276,000 to tear down 26 vacant, crumbling buildings in the Vandeventer neighborhood. 

"We have two goals," said Mayor Francis Slay as he stood Monday at the first two demolition sites in the 4300 block of Evans Ave. "First, we want to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the people and families who live here. Second, we want to prepare the neighborhood for new private sector development."

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Fair St. Louis
10:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police

This summer marks the first time Fair St. Louis will be on Art Hill.
(via Flickr/Tyson Blanquart)

Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges. That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday. 

This is the first time the annual Fourth of July celebration will take place in the city's largest park. Dotson said the logistics of the fair have taken more time than he would like.  But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.

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Crime
6:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow "Hot Spot" Pays Dividends

Chief Sam Dotson (in white) listens to James Clark from Better Family Life before the start of a hot spot patrol in Wells-Goodfellow on May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis police said last month’s decision to dedicate additional resources to the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood on the city's northwest side is paying off.

Since designating the area as a "hot spot," police have made nearly 90 arrests. Some were for probation and parole violations, others for crimes in progress. They also pulled 20 guns off the street during the 10-day period.

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