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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Take Back St. Louis
4:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Judge Permanently Blocks Ballot Vote On Anti-Peabody Initiative

Supporters of a ballot measure that would limit who can receive tax breaks in the city of St. Louis drop off signatures on July 31, 2014. A judge has permanently blocked a voted on the measure.
(Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with additional comments from Take Back St. Louis, Mayor Francis Slay, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

A St. Louis Circuit judge has permanently blocked a ballot measure that would have allowed voters to put restrictions on which companies could receive tax incentives.

Judge Robert Dierker ruled on Tuesday that the Take Back St. Louis initiative was "illegal and void on its face" because it conflicts with Missouri laws governing tax increment financing and special business districts. 

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El Comercio Del Valle
2:05 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Local Media History Group Acquires Copies Of Bi-Lingual Business Paper

The masthead of El Comercio del Valle, the region's first bi-lingual business paper. The St. Louis Media Foundation announced on May 26 it had acquired nine issues of the paper from a private collector.
Credit (courtesy of the St. Louis Media History Foundation)

A local media history group has acquired nine issues of the region’s first bi-lingual business paper.

 The St. Louis Media History Foundation announced on Monday that it had purchased the copies of El Comercio del Valle from a private collector.

El Comercio del Valle — the Commerce of the Valley — began publishing in St. Louis in 1876 and was distributed all along the Mississippi River, said Frank Absher, the executive director of the foundation. The first publisher would eventually become the Mexican Consul in St. Louis.

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Truancy Court
5:27 am
Thu May 22, 2014

St. Charles Launches Push To Get Students In Class

Credit (via Flickr/frankjuarez)

Educators and politicians in St. Charles say they have a plan in place to reduce the number of chronically absent students in the city’s school district. 

Starting next year, the district will implement a truancy court, a program designed to get families the resources they need to keep students in school as often as possible.

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Lethal Injection
11:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Suits Challenge Missouri Over Secrecy About Execution Procedures

Chris McDaniel
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Two suits were filed Thursday in Jefferson City challenging Missouri officials for failing to disclose information about the drugs the state uses in lethal injections.

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Lyft
9:52 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Legal Fight Over Lyft In St. Louis: "Friend With A Car" Or Taxi?

Courtesy of Lyft

On April 18th, the ride-sharing service Lyft entered the St. Louis market with a party on Cherokee Street.

And immediately, it ran into legal trouble.

Lyft's drivers were operating in violation of a cease-and-desist order from the region’s taxi regulator. A few days later, a judge ordered the company to disable its mobile app.

Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission are back in court on May 14 arguing over whether the company should be allowed to operate — and who has the power to regulate it in the first place.

Who are the players?

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St. Louis County Line Of Duty Memorial
3:22 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Police, Firefighters Salute Their Colleagues Who Gave All

The St. Louis County Police honor guard presents the colors at a memorial ceremony on May 9, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Representatives from police and fire departments across St. Louis County gathered in Clayton on Friday to honor colleagues who had been killed in the line of duty.

"With each first responder we lose, we face a new tragedy," said Dean Bryant, the special agent in charge of the St. Louis office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Perhaps some forget the courage it takes to walk the beat, keep the watch and run toward danger when everyone else is running away, making it possible for our citizens to live without fear. For this, I thank you."

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Tackling Crime
5:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Wells-Goodfellow Next Site For St. Louis Police "Hot Spot" Policing

James Clark of Better Family Life speaks to Chief Sam Dotson (back to camera) and the officers assigned to the week-long hot spot in Wells-Goodfellow starting May 7, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, on the city's northwest side, will get some extra attention from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for the next week. 

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Law Scoop
5:37 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Judge Boosts Missouri's 2014 Tobacco Settlement Payment To $110 Million

Credit Flickr/SuperFantastic

A St. Louis judge has boosted the amount of tobacco settlement money Missouri will receive in 2014.

Judge Jimmie Edwards ruled on Friday that an arbitration panel improperly calculated part of a penalty. The penalty was levied against Missouri because it is failing to properly enforce the 1998 settlement between the states and major tobacco companies. The ruling means Missouri should get $110 million, up from $60 million. 

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Identity theft
5:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Former Manager Of Clinton-Peabody Complex Charged With Identity Theft

Credit (via Flickr/s_falkow)

Updated with copy of indictment and more details about East Lake Management. Also corrects spelling of East Lake.

The former manager of a public housing complex in St. Louis city has been indicted on federal identity theft charges. 

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Crime Report
9:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

'Concern' And 'Alarm' Over Uptick In Homicides In St. Louis

Police chief Sam Dotson and Ald. Sharon Tyus speak after a particularly contentious meeting of the Public Safety committee.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated on April 29th to clarify that the data released by the circuit court dealt only with the speed of getting gun possession cases to final disposition.

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says a big uptick in homicides in 2014 is "concerning and alarming."

The chief spoke to the Board of Aldermen's public safety committee on Thursday to discuss the latest crime statistics. There have been 44 murders since the beginning of the year. That compares to 30 people by this time in 2013. 

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