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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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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St. Louis Board of Aldermen
5:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

With Spring Break Looming, Aldermen Tie Up Some Loose Ends

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen are off for a month-long spring break starting today. Like many a legislative body (or college students) before them, they left a lot of business until the last minute. Here's a look at some of the business they took care of today.

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Summer Festivals
4:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

St. Louis Tourism Panel Approves Downtown Music Festival

Steve Stogel, the chair of DFC Group and a major local backer of the proposed festival, speaks just before the committee vote on March 12, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the hearing. Edited at 8:45 a.m. Thursday to correct typos.

After more than two days of debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen tourism committee approved plans for Lollapalooza-like festivals to be held in downtown St. Louis on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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Firefighter Pensions
7:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Fate Of New Pension Plan For St. Louis City Firefighters Up To Court Of Appeals

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

The Missouri Court of Appeals heard arguments today over whether or not the city of St. Louis' new pension plan for firefighters will hold. Officials say the plan will save St. Louis almost $4 million a year. The union representing the firefighters doesn't dispute the cost savings, but says the city had no right to pass the plan in the first place. 

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Firefighter Pensions
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Legal Battle Resumes Over Changes To Pensions For St. Louis City Firefighters

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Admiral riverboat on Jan. 21, 2012. The boat was being dismantled for scrap at the time.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri Court of Appeals will hear arguments tomorrow on whether the city of St. Louis had the right to make changes to the pension benefits it offers its firefighters.

In lobbying for the changes in 2012, Mayor Francis Slay cited the financial burden pensions were beginning to place on the city. Its budget for fiscal year 2013 included a $31 million contribution to the system, up from $23 million the year before.

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