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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South County Connector
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Connecting Sides Of St. Louis County With A Road Few Seem To Want

Kathleen Henry at the Sunnen MetroLink station. She says the South County Connector would make her walk from her home to the station much less enjoyable.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Since the 1950s, traffic planners have been looking for ways to make it easier to get north and south in St. Louis County. The original plan to extend Interstate 170 all the way to Interstate 44 was officially scrapped in 1997, and the proposed South County Connector is the first plan to make it passed the discussion stage since then.

As conceived, the $110 million road would essentially extend River Des Peres Boulevard to Hanley, and build a new interchange at Interstate 44. But many in the region are wondering why the county wants to build it at all.

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Parking Town Halls
5:25 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Have Thoughts About Parking In St. Louis? The City Treasurer Wants To Hear Them

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

If you park a car in the city of St. Louis, treasurer Tishaura Jones wants to hear from you.

Jones has planned a series of town halls over the next week to learn what amenities drivers might want, as well as get feedback about how the office is working since she took over.

For example, she said, people have already said they want to be able to pay for more parking meters using credit cards, and to be able to start using mobile phone for payment as well.

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State Government
3:47 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Mo. House Committee To Investigate Workplace Environment Under Nixon Appointees

A Mo. House member is sponsoring legislation to restrict vasectomies
(via flickr/ensign_beedrill)

A Missouri state House committee has agreed to hold hearings on reports that some of Gov. Jay Nixon's department heads created hostile work environments for their employees.

The announcement from Republican House speaker Tim Jones of Eureka came the same week that Gracia Backer, the former head of the state's Division of Employment Security, alleged that she was fired from her job for raising concerns about discrimination in her department.

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World Series
10:36 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Cardinals Fall To Red Sox In World Series

Kristin Smith's rally cap wasn't enough to help the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost Game 6 of the World Series 6-1.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 11:30 p.m.

The 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals came to a crashing halt Wednesday night with a 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series.

During the regular season, the Cardinals were the best team in baseball at hitting with runners on base. But they stranded nine in Game 6, and 43 through the entire series.

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Kelly Glossip
1:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Same-Sex Partner Of Missouri State Trooper Ruled Ineligible For Survivor Benefits

Kelly Glossip and his partner, Trooper Dennis Englehard, on the day Englehard graduated from the state police academy in 2000.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Glossip

Updated at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday to correct Judge Teitelman's first name.

Updated with comments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a gay man whose longtime partner, a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty, is not eligible for the trooper's survivor benefits because the two were never married.

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Veolia
12:20 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Veolia Backs Out Of Controversial Contract With City Of St. Louis

Protestors against Veolia gather in front of Mayor Francis Slay's office on January 16, 2013. The company announced today it will not sign a contract with the city.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with additional quotes.

The French utility company Veolia has decided not to go forward with a $250,000 contract that would have reviewed the operations of the city of St. Louis water department.

Opponents of the company had raised questions about Veolia's corporate behavior and environmental record.

Mary Ellen Ponder, the deputy chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay, announced the company's decision today at a committee hearing on a bill that would have stripped the funding for the contract from the budget for this year.

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Veolia
4:38 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Aldermen Move To Strip Funding For Controversial Veolia Contract

Opponents of Veolia hold signs at City Hall on Oct. 18, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The chair of St. Louis city’s budget committee has launched an effort to strip the funding for a controversial consulting contract with the French utility company Veolia.

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World Series 2013
2:51 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Episcopal Leaders In Boston, St. Louis Use World Series To 'Strike Out' Human Trafficking

(St. Louis Cardinals)

Updated at bottom on October 22 with bets from the Archdiocese.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. to clarify quote about child trafficking.

The leaders of the Episcopal cathedrals in Boston and St. Louis are betting that the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals will help combat human trafficking and prostitution in their cities.

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Veolia Contract
6:29 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Controversial Veolia Contract Comes Under New Scrutiny

Some of the signs protestors held outside the Board of Aldermen on October 18, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Opponents of a proposed $250,000 consulting contract between the city of St. Louis water department and the French utility company Veolia call the latest move in the saga by Mayor Francis Slay “political chicanery."

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Variable Speed Limits
3:09 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

MoDOT Removing Variable Speed Limit Signs On I-270

These signs on I-270 will be a thing of the past by the end of this month - MoDOT is removing the variable speed limits after five years.
(via Flickr/MoDOT Photos)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is ending its five-year experiment with variable speed limit signs on Interstate 270.

Crews began removing the 70 digital signs from along the highway Wednesday. The work should be done in about two weeks.

MoDOT installed the signs in 2008 as a way to get traffic to slow down if there was congestion ahead. For the first three years, the speed limits they posted were enforceable, but MoDOT made them advisory-only in 2011.

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