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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Downtown Concerts
5:33 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Two Lollapalooza-Like Concerts A Year Possible In Downtown St. Louis

New legislation from the Board of Aldermen could guarantee two Lollapalooza-like shows in downtown St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/akasped)

The city of St. Louis took an initial step today toward locking in a decade of music festivals featuring big-name performers in downtown St. Louis.

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Michael Cook Sentencing
5:05 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Federal Court Rejects Plea Deal For St. Clair County Judge Caught Up In Drug Scandal

Judge Michael Cook is sworn in as a St. Clair County judge in 2010.
(Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat) (http://www.bnd.com)

A federal court in Illinois has rejected a plea agreement that would have sent former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook to prison for 18 months on drug and weapons charges.

Judge Joe McDade, who normally presides over federal cases in Peoria, Ill., told attorneys for both sides today that he did not believe the proposed sentence was long enough to assure St. Clair County residents that their judiciary was in good hands. McDade was assigned to the case after two judges from the Southern District recused themselves. 

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Carmel Car
5:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

New Way To Hail A Cab Approved: Taxi Commission Okays First Dispatch App License

Screen capture of Carmel Car's app, which will be available in St. Louis on Monday.
(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

St. Louisans will soon have a new way to hail cabs in the region. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission on Tuesday approved a license for Carmel Car and Limo to start offering its smartphone app in St. Louis.

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Car Service Apps
5:41 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Uber-Like Car Service Looking To Make Entry Into St. Louis Market

(via Flickr/denharsh)

UPDATE: Feb 25, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission approved Carmel's application for the dispatch license. Seven members of the commission voted in favor of the license and one abstained.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A car service that dispatches its vehicles using a smartphone app could start operating in St. Louis as soon as this week.

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Madison County Heroin
7:55 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Madison County Launches Task Force To Combat Heroin Epidemic

(via Flickr/Michael Velardo)

The top two law enforcement officials in Madison County, Ill., say they want to hear from anyone and everyone who might have ideas about slowing the heroin epidemic in the county.

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Red Light Cameras
5:15 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

St. Louis Gets Green Light To Turn Red Light Cameras On For Now

A judge has thrown out the city of St. Louis' ordinance that allows the use of red light cameras.
(via Flickr/functoruser)

Updated at 5:15 Friday with city' plan to turn cameras back on.

Red light cameras in St. Louis City will be turned back on. Friday, a circuit court judge stayed his order from earlier in the week.

In that order, he blocked the city from enforcing its red light camera ordinance, following a lawsuit filed late last year by two women who received tickets for running red lights in St. Louis.

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Homelessness In St. Louis County
2:36 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Access, Attitude Make It Tough To Address Homelessness In St. Louis County

Cots at the St. Vincent Community Center in Pagedale, where St. Louis County opened an emergency overflow shelter for the homeless.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

This winter, St. Louis County did something it hadn't done before - it opened a temporary shelter where homeless men and women could go to get out of the cold. It's a small piece of a 10-year plan to battle homelessness that St. Louis City and County signed onto in 2004. But obstacles remain to implementing the rest of the ideas in that document.

What is "homelessness?"

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:32 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized

via Wikimedia Commons

Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.

Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.

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Take Back St. Louis
8:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Judge Halts Election On Limiting Tax Breaks

Supporters of the "Take Back St. Louis" initiative deliver their petitions to the St. Louis election authority on July 31, 2013. A judge on Feb. 11, 2014 halted the April election on the charter change.
Credit (Chris McDaniel/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

A St. Louis judge has temporarily halted a citywide vote on a proposal that would have prohibited tax breaks to big energy companies like Peabody.

Judge Robert Dierker ruled Tuesday that the so-called "Take Back St. Louis" initiative was unconstitutional because it directly conflicted with state law.

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Church Sexual Abuse
4:09 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

St. Louis Archdiocese Must Release Abusers' Names

The Cathedral Basilica.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

Latest development, Feb 5, 2014:

Missouri's Supreme Court has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Louis to give the names of priests and other church employees credibly accused of sexually abusing minors to a plaintiff in a lawsuit.

Shortly after the court's two-line order yesterday, the Archdiocese turned over the list of 240 complaints made against 115 priests and employees since 1986. A court order keeps the names of the accused and the victims sealed to the public.

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