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Rachel Lippmann

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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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The first of the four men sentenced in connection with the scandal at St. Louis Metropolitan Towing has reported to prison.

Kenneth Bialczak and his older brother William pleaded guilty in September 2010 to tax evasion. They owned several of the businesses connected to the scandal, including Metropolitan Towing and S&H Parking.

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The city's Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority has restarted the clock on the construction of Ballpark Village.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill touched on several topics today during a press conference. We have a breakdown of her comments for you:

On St. Louis’ chance of securing the 2012 Democratic National Convention…

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Remember Ballpark Village? The multi-million dollar development at the site of the old Busch Stadium that was supposed to rival Kansas City's Power and Light District? (And is in fact a product of the same developer, Cordish Companies.) The development that in 2008 became not-so-affectionately known as Lake DeWitt? That was supposed to be partially completed by the All Star Game and instead got turned into a parking lot and softball field?

Well, kind of like a cat, the project lives again. And this time, Ald. Phyllis Young says she thinks something substantial will get built.

You may remember a story from November 2010 about the kidnapping of two young girls in connection to the August 2010 robbery of ATM Solutions.

Well, three of four men thought to be involved with that kidnapping have been indicted, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Marrion Dotson, 33, Myron Kimble, 22, and Larry Newman, 20, all of St. Louis, were each indicted on one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the release.

If you were listening to NPR's Morning Edition around 6:30 a.m. or again around 8:30 a.m., you might have heard a familiar name - developer Richard Baron, of McCormack Baron Salazar.

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A Fenton woman injured in the tornadoes that ripped through St. Louis on New Year's Eve has died.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Margaret Birkes, 70, of Fenton died Monday morning at St. Anthony's Medical Center, a spokeswoman there said. According to relatives, Birkes was either going to or leaving a Dierbergs store at Fenton Crossing when the storm struck.

She was badly injured and taken to St. Anthony's.

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The Illinois State Police need the public's help to find a vehicle involved in a hit and run this morning in the Metro East.

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Steven Powell wants to change the way health care providers charge for their product.

Powell, a factory worker, filed suit Friday challenging a billing practice known as balance billing.

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A former auxiliary police officer in Uplands Park, a tiny municipality in North County, has pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for stealing money and cell phones from prostitutes he and another officer had pulled over during traffic stops.

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

A federal appeals court in Missouri has upheld the sentences of two men who were involved in the one of the largest dog-fighting rings ever broken up in the United States.

The subject of jobs and how to create them was front and center at the sixth annual State of St. Louis breakfast this morning.

The chief executives of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County Illinois all say they expect a better economy in 2011 than 2010.

They all trumpeted the need to cooperate to ensure that happens.

St. Clair County executive Mark Kern wants to see the focus on one industry in particular.

Update 10:35am with additional details about the hazard and possible reopening time.

Technicians from General Electric are at the scene at SSM Imaging to help the Mehlville Fire Department vent helium gas from an MRI machine at the medical office.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the venting should take about 15 minutes, and emergency officials hope to reopen a closed stretch of Lindbergh Blvd by noon today.

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On time, and on budget.

Those are the five words St. Louis Public Library executive director Waller McGuire is most excited to say about the $70 million renovation of the library's headquarters building.

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The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that the union representing East St. Louis police has rejected a deal that would have trimmed salaries to save 16 jobs.

St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. says higher sales of corn, soybean, vegetable and cotton seeds helped the company earn a profit in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

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The last time they congregated outside like this, the temperatures were in the teens, the wind was howling, and there were four inches of snow on the ground. And they were scared for their lives.

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Updated at 8:36pm with response from John Cochran officials.

The troubled John Cochran veteran's hospital is under fire again, this time for allegedly failing to keep critical supplies stocked on a timely basis.

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The sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Church on the Saint Louis University campus was filled today with people who had gathered for one purpose - to remember the life of Max Starkloff.

Such a crowd, said former Washington University chancellor William Danforth, would have been unheard of in 1959, when an automobile accident left Starkloff a paraplegic and living in a nursing home at the age of 21.

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Maplewood police say they still have no leads on a St. Louis Community College student from Mongolia who went missing four days before Christmas.

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It was a safer year for motorists traveling on Missouri roads during the New Year's holiday this year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced today that it has reports of just one fatality on the roads between 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 11:59 yesterday. Troopers investigated 157 accidents, which also resulted in 70 injuries, and arrested 90 people who were driving drunk.

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  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.

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Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has forgiven a loan he made to the man who wants the job he once held.

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If you purchased a Show Me Cash lotto ticket at Metropolitan Newstands downtown yesterday, check your numbers - you could be $775,000 richer.

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A fourth man - the suspected shooter - has been arrested in connection with the death of a St. Louis-area native who had a spot on the Ram's practice squad this season.

The Metropolitan Sewer District says it plans to appeal a July court ruling that threw out a new system for charging for stormwater system maintenance.

The new fee charged people based on how much of their property could not absorb water. But Lincoln County judge Dan Dildine ruled that it was actually a tax, and therefore had to be approved by voters.

Missouri’s K-12  schools could face even tougher funding hurdles this year thanks to the slumping gaming industry.

A document provided to the Associated Press today shows Missouri’s 12 casinos were projected to generate about $372 million. That was based on the assumption that removing loss limits would generate more revenue.

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A northeast Missouri clay mine faces criminal charges over violations of the state's Clean Water Law.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the Joe Gilliam Mining Company hasn't had a permit to operate the mine since July 2009. Before its previous permit expired, mine owners didn't submit required annual reports and fees.

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Funeral services for disability rights pioneer Max Starkloff have been set.

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