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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Claire McCaskill
6:01 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

McCaskill on secret holds, St. Louis hosting the DNC and spending cap legislation

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at a press conference in St. Louis on Jan. 18, 2011. McCaskill spoke on a variety of topics including secret holds, St. Louis' chances to host the 2012 DNC and spending caps. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill touched on several topics today during a press conference. We have a breakdown of her comments for you:

On St. Louis’ chance of securing the 2012 Democratic National Convention…

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Ballpark Village
9:34 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Panel to hit "restart" on Ballpark Village

The site of Ballpark Village as it looked on Jan. 14, 2011. After a two-year delay, the developer is moving forward again with an effort to seek financing and tax breaks.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Remember Ballpark Village? The multi-million dollar development at the site of the old Busch Stadium that was supposed to rival Kansas City's Power and Light District? (And is in fact a product of the same developer, Cordish Companies.) The development that in 2008 became not-so-affectionately known as Lake DeWitt? That was supposed to be partially completed by the All Star Game and instead got turned into a parking lot and softball field?

Well, kind of like a cat, the project lives again. And this time, Ald. Phyllis Young says she thinks something substantial will get built.

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ATM SOLUTIONS
2:42 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Three indicted in connection to ATM Solutions kidnapping

St. Louis FBI Special Agent in Charge Dennis Baker briefs reporters in Nov. 2010 about the safe rescue of two girls kidnapped in connection to the ATM Solutions robbery in Aug. 2010. Three men have been indicted for the kidnapping today. (UPI/Greenblatt)

You may remember a story from November 2010 about the kidnapping of two young girls in connection to the August 2010 robbery of ATM Solutions.

Well, three of four men thought to be involved with that kidnapping have been indicted, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Marrion Dotson, 33, Myron Kimble, 22, and Larry Newman, 20, all of St. Louis, were each indicted on one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the release.

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Cass Tech High School
9:11 am
Thu January 13, 2011

St. Louis developer interested in iconic Detroit school

A classroom in the old Cass Tech building (BuildingsofDetroit.com)

If you were listening to NPR's Morning Edition around 6:30 a.m. or again around 8:30 a.m., you might have heard a familiar name - developer Richard Baron, of McCormack Baron Salazar.

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New Year's Eve tornado
10:00 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Fenton woman injured in New Year's tornado dies

Sunset Hills firefighters survey the damage from the New Year's Eve tornado. A woman injured in the storm has died.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Fenton woman injured in the tornadoes that ripped through St. Louis on New Year's Eve has died.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Margaret Birkes, 70, of Fenton died Monday morning at St. Anthony's Medical Center, a spokeswoman there said. According to relatives, Birkes was either going to or leaving a Dierbergs store at Fenton Crossing when the storm struck.

She was badly injured and taken to St. Anthony's.

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Hit and run
5:33 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Ill. State Police looking for hit-and-run vehicle

The accident happened along this stretch of Illinois 157 around midnight Tuesday
(Google Maps)

The Illinois State Police need the public's help to find a vehicle involved in a hit and run this morning in the Metro East.

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Insurance lawsuit
9:51 am
Tue January 11, 2011

WashU sued over billing practices

Washington University is the target of a lawsuit challenging the way healthcare providers charge for their service.
(via Flickr/kennedy22)

Steven Powell wants to change the way health care providers charge for their product.

Powell, a factory worker, filed suit Friday challenging a billing practice known as balance billing.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

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Uplands Park police
3:53 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Uplands Park officer pleads guilty in shakedown case

A former auxiliary police officer in Uplands Park, a tiny municipality in North County, has pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge for stealing money and cell phones from prostitutes he and another officer had pulled over during traffic stops.

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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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Dog fighting
1:19 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Court upholds dog-fighting sentences

A veterinarian at the Humane Society of Missouri points to a picture of a rescued fighting dog's wounds. Over 400 pit bulls were rescued by the Society after the raid in which Hackman and and Kiriakidis were charged. (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal appeals court in Missouri has upheld the sentences of two men who were involved in the one of the largest dog-fighting rings ever broken up in the United States.

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