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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Church Sex Abuse
4:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Judge Orders Archdiocese To Release Records

Archdiocese of St. Louis chancery.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated Jan. 13, 2014:

The legal back-and-forth over the release of the names to the plaintiff continues. The state Supreme Court today blocked the Archdiocese from having to comply with Dierker’s order until further notice.

Updated Jan. 10, 2014:

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Campaign contribution limits
8:45 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Court To Hear Challenge To Campaign Finance Limits

Several civic leaders from Kansas City have gone to court challenging a voter-approved state law that requires Kansas City and St. Louis to ask voters every five years to renew the city earning taxes.

The long-simmering fight over campaign contribution limits is heating up once again. The latest chapter: a Kansas City court is to hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case between Missouri Roundtable for Life, which supports contribution limits, and libertarian interests, headed up by Rex Sinquefield.

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Weather
4:30 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Officials Urge Caution During Cold Weather

The Gateway Arch is barely visible from Busch Stadium during a snowstorm on Jan. 5, 2014.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 5:50 p.m. Monday with information from latest city briefing

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Homeless In Winter
5:19 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Advocates For The Homeless 'Scared To Death' About Upcoming Cold Snap

(via Flickr/OliBac)

For the 26th time this winter, emergency shelters operated by Winter Outreach will open in the city of St. Louis.

At least two of the organization's eight shelters, which are housed mostly in churches, open every night the temperature is scheduled to drop below 20 degrees. Volunteers operate the shelters, as well as provide transportation and seek out homeless people and encourage them to come inside. The shelters opened just 31 times last year, and the bitterly cold weather and snow forecast over the next several days means that number will be much higher this winter.

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Metro East Rally
2:59 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Metro East Residents Rally For More Transparency In Government

Lee Griffin, the chair of Metro East Citizens for Social and Economic Progress, addresses protesters outside St. Clair County headquarters on Dec. 27, 2013.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

A group of citizens fed up with what they call a lack of transparency and responsiveness in St. Clair County government aired a wide variety of concerns today outside the county's headquarters in Belleville.

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Concealed Carry Panel
2:11 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit

(via Flickr/kcdsTM)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed the seven men and women he wants to review objections raised by local or state police to applications for concealed-carry permits.

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Technology In Law Enforcement
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Inspector Gadget? The Role Of Tech For St. Louis-Area Police

An old police call box on display at the St. Louis Police Officer's Association. Officers used this to check in with the station while out on their beats.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

The technology available to a police officer on the beat has come a long way from a pen and a notebook.

Thanks to in-car computers, police now have the internet and sophisticated databases at their fingertips. Cameras can find a specific license plate or reduce the need for eyewitnesses.

But the speed at which the changes are taking place has even those using the technology concerned.

As a narcotics officer in Jefferson County in the mid-1990s, Jeff Roorda was a rock star when he got a bag phone

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The Longest Night
8:06 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

'Longest Night' Ceremony Memorializes Homeless Who Died In 2013

Participants in the 10th "Longest Night" ceremony rise for the playing of taps.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

For the 10th year,  St. Louis residents joined social service providers and city officials at Centenary United Methodist Church Saturday to remember the homeless men and women who died in 2013.

A bell chimed as the Rev. Kathleen Wilder read the names - 16 in all. 

Two died of drug overdoses. Another was an infant, killed by a runaway car. Robyn Robel was fatally strangled and dumped along the Riverfront Trail in April.

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Riverfront Trail
5:25 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Real Estate Purchase Means Future Amenities For Users Of Riverfront Trail

Riders along the Riverfront Trail north of downtown may have more amenities next year, thanks to a real estate purchase by Great Rivers Greenway.
(via Flickr/Herkie)

A historic building along the Mississippi riverfront will likely mean more amenities next year for cyclists and pedestrians along the Riverfront Trail north of downtown.

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Joseph Vacca
9:25 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Vacca Gets Three Years For Parks Fraud

(via Flickr/bloomsberries)

The former deputy parks commissioner for St. Louis city will spend three years in federal prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the city of more than $470,000.

Joseph Vacca did not speak at today's sentencing hearing except to answer questions from Judge Carol Jackson, who rejected a request from Vacca's attorney for a lighter sentence.

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