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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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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Death at Busch Home
3:29 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Report says Adrienne Martin died of accidental overdose

Adrienne Martin was the girlfriend of former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV. She was found dead at his estate on Dec. 19. Martin's cause of death was released today. (UPI/Handout)

Updated 3:29 p.m. Feb. 10, 2011:

Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced today that Martin had lethal levels of both oxycodone and cocaine in her blood when she died, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He said that neither Martin nor Busch had a prescription for the oxycodone.

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Missouri Athletic Club Smoking Violation
4:30 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

Missouri Athletic Club gets first city smoking violation

Outside the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. (via Flickr/Digital Sextant)

The Missouri Athletic Club has received the first citation for violating St. Louis city's ban on smoking.

Interim health director Pamela Rice Walker says the club mistakenly believes it's exempt from the measure as a private club, saying the exemption only applies if there are no employees.

She says the department first heard about violations at the club in January, and gave the MAC 30 days to comply.

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Domestic Violence
3:05 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Koster releases proposals to strengthen state domestic violence laws

Colleen Coble, CEO of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announce legislative proposals to strengthen the state's domestic violence laws on Feb. 8, 2011.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has unveiled the legislative changes he says will strengthen the state's domestic violence laws.

The 12 recommendations are the result of a task force Koster convened last year, and seven of them will require action by the General Assembly.

Most of the legislative proposals focus on strengthening orders of protection, which Koster calls the main tools to help domestic violence victims. He says current law doesn't allow juveniles to request those orders.

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Boeing
4:24 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Boeing starts production at new Mascoutah, Ill. facility

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Assembly and sub-assembly on the Globemaster program will soon move into production at Boeing's new manufacturing plant in Mascoutah, Ill. (via Flickr/Armchair Aviator)

Boeing announced today that they're moving into production at their new site in Mascoutah, Ill., the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

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Cochran VAMC
7:56 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Cochran VA again under fire for sterilization issues

Cong. Russ Carnahan gives an opening statement at a July 13, 2010 hearing about sterilization issues at John Cochran VAMC's dental clinic. The hospital has canceled surgeries after discovering that some equipment may not have been properly sterilized.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center has canceled all surgeries until further notice after discovering that some surgical equipment may not have been properly sterilized.

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Morning round-up
7:18 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Morning headlines: Victim of bus strike identified, MO named federal disaster area, judge rejects adult businesses law, phone customers paying more than they were three years ago

A city worker clears the sidewalks in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday. President Obama has declared all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis a federal disaster area following this week's winter storm.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
  • St. Louis police have identified the woman killed yesterday when she was struck by a Metro bus. Rosalind D. Smith, 60, was hit after getting off the bus at the Forest Park station, located at Forest Park Pkwy and DeBaliviere Ave. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says witnesses told police Smith appeared to bend down, but they aren’t sure if she fell.
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Snow days
4:39 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Snow days pile up for local schools

comedy nose | Flickr

It's been an above-average winter for snowfall in St. Louis, and that's wreaking havoc with the schedules for area school districts.

By state law, Missouri students have to be in class for at least 174 days and 1,044 hours. Most districts build a few extra classroom days into the schedule in order to be able to call school in case of bad weather.

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St. Louis Symphony season
12:31 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Music and the way it moves people the theme of the 2011-2012 Symphony season

"The Rite of Spring" and "Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky, a performance with the Hubbard Street Dance Company,  Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor, and a gala concert with violinist Itzahk Perlman are among the highlights of the St. Louis Symphony's 2011-2012 season.

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