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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Parks Embezzlement Sentencing
5:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Sentencing Set For Former High-Level St. Louis Parks Officials Who Stole $465,000

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

One of two men who admitted to stealing more than $450,000 from the St. Louis city parks department will learn tomorrow how much time he’ll spend in jail.

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Judicial Hellholes
4:16 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A group that lobbies to make courts friendlier to business says it’s seeing a troubling increase in the number of large product liability cases filed in the city of St. Louis.

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Laclede Gas TIF
4:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Laclede Gas Incentives Get Final Approval

Thanks to a $7 million package of tax incentives, the General American Building will be the new headquarters of Laclede Gas.
(via Wikiemdia Commons/Nyttend)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved a $7 million package of tax incentives for renovations to the new downtown headquarters of Laclede Gas.

The measure easily cleared the board today by a vote of 23-2. The incentives will help the developer replace windows and heating and cooling systems, and make other upgrades to the General American Building at 706 Market.

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St. Louis Cardinals
9:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

La Russa, Torre Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the official news by way of a tweet Monday morning:

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Minimum Wage Protests
3:36 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

In Sleet And Cold, Workers Continue Push for $15 Minimum Wage

Fast food workers and their supporters march in Midtown to start a day of protests for a higher minimum wage.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

 About 100 fast food workers and their supporters braved sleet squalls Thursday morning to join a nationwide protest seeking a boost in the federal minimum wage.

"I'm reminded of what happened during the Civil Rights movement," Ronald Bobo, the pastor at Westside Missionary Baptist Church, told the crowd as they gathered outside the Jack in the Box at 4111 Lindell Blvd.  It wasn't the old people who made the difference. It was the young people. You can make a difference. Don't give up, don't give in, don't be intimidated."

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IKEA
8:41 am
Wed December 4, 2013

IKEA Bringing A Store (And Its Meatballs) To St. Louis City

(via Flickr/WarmSleepy)

Updated 5:00 p.m. with additional details.

St. Louis' IKEA store will open in Fall 2015 and will be the Swedish retailer's 40th store in the United States.

Here's an artist's rendering of the store, which is slated for the corner of Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues in the Cortex development.

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St. Louis Police
4:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Case Over Police Discipline Records For Misuse Of World Series Tickets Continues

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as displayed on a patrol car.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

A long-running legal battle over whether records of  internal St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department investigations are subject to Missouri's Sunshine Law will continue for possibly another six months.

Here's a timeline of the case:

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City Water
12:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

MSD Starts Review Of City Water Department

(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has unveiled exactly what it will be doing for its review of the St. Louis city water department.

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St. Louis County Council
6:38 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

St. Louis County Council Gets Two Police Board Nominees, Delays On Complete Streets

Bob Baer in 2008. He has been nominated to the St. Louis County Police Board.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley has nominated two new members to the St. Louis County Police Board.

The Democratic executive made the nominations of former Metro CEO Bob Baer and former Hazelwood member T.R. Carr official today. If they are confirmed by the Council, the board would have a quorum for the first time since September. 

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Politically Speaking
5:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Politically Speaking: St. Louis Aldermanic President Reed On Power At City Hall, City-County Merger

(Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Beacon)

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. Pinch-hitting for Chris this week was St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann.

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