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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World Series tickets
4:23 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Police officers will file their own suit over files in World Series ticket case

The long legal battle over the release of files from a St. Louis police investigation into officers who misused 2006 World Series tickets they seized from a scalper has gotten a little longer.

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Civil rights documentary
9:14 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Sixth-graders produce civil rights documentary

Sixth-graders taught by Haliday Douglas at City Academy, a private school in north St. Louis, produced a documentary about the civil rights movement in St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

On Wednesday, students at the City Academy, a private school in north St. Louis, will have a chance to view a civil rights documentary shot and edited by their schoolmates.

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Housing permits
5:04 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Building permits match record low in Jan. 2011

(via Flickr/ Giles Douglas)

More not-so-great economic news for the St. Louis region today.

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri released its data on the number of permits issued by the six counties (St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Franklin) and the city of St. Louis. They show that builders were looking to start construction on just 120 new single-family homes in January 2011. That's down more than 40 percent from January 2010, and is the lowest monthly total since November of 2008.

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Local control coalition
4:11 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Coalition pledges to keep pushing on local control

Mo. State Senator Joe Keaveny. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

A day after a measure granting St. Louis control of its police department cleared the latest of several legislative hurdles, a broad coalition of politicians, business and community leaders and civil rights activists pledged to help it get through the Missouri Senate.

The message they'll bring? You have to listen to the people.

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Inflation rates
3:01 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Area CPI more than double the national level

Costs of goods and services in St. Louis rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate. (via Flickr / _J_D_R_)
_J_D_R_ Flickr

The costs of goods and services in the St. Louis region rose 2.5 percent between the last six months of 2009 and the last six months of 2010 - more than double the national rate over that same time.

Though the Bureau of Labor Statistics data show electricity prices going up 13.1 percent and motor fuel going up 10.1 percent, bureau economist Jacqueline Michael Midkiff says they weren't the real drivers of the increase.

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Eminent domain mural
3:40 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Fed. appeals court hears city sign ordinance case

Jim Roos's mural on the city's south side is the subject of a federal court fight.
(Institute for Justice)

The constitutionality of St. Louis city's sign ordinance was the topic of debate today in front of a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Animal control
4:05 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Animal House money now to go to Stray Rescue

Mayor Francis Slay and Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim with a four-legged friend in July 2010.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

In December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that money collected via tax bills for a planned new animal shelter in the city of St. Louis was sitting in a special fund with no place to be used.

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Morning Headlines
8:48 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Morning headlines: Ald. Matt Villa steps down, state Senator proposes changing judicial elections, value of tourism advertising increases

Ald. Matt Villa is stepping down as 11th Ward alderman.
(St. Louis Board of Aldermen)
  • A member of a long-time political family in St. Louis is leaving his post as alderman for the 11th Ward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ald. Matt Villa says he needs to focus on expanding the family's business, Villa Lighting.
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Board of Elections
3:26 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Turnover at the St. Louis Board of Elections

Those headed to the polls in St. Louis in 2012 will be voting in an election run by a different St. Louis Board of Elections. Three new members were named today by Gov. Jay Nixon. (via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
File photo

Two current members of the St. Louis city Board of Elections say recent reports of turmoil at the board have nothing to do with Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement today that he's named three new members of the board.

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Northside moves forward
3:59 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Northside projects get aldermanic approval

A small piece of an $8.1 billion plan to redevelop north St. Louis took another step forward today.

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