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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Laclede Gas
1:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Laclede Gas Gets Tax Help To Move

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with comments from the committee hearing.

The Housing, Urban Development and Zoning committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved $7 million in tax incentives to redo the General American Building at 706 Market as the new headquarters for Laclede Gas. 

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Lethal Injection
4:41 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Mo. Carries Out Execution After Court Vacates Stays

Joseph Paul Franklin.
(Missouri Department of Corrections)

Update 7:52 a.m 11/20/13:

Missouri carried out the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin a little after 6 a.m. He was put to death after courts overturned Tuesday's stays of execution.

Yesterday, two federal judges issued stays of execution.

The judges took issue with how the state was getting its lethal injection drug from a secret source not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and questioned whether the inmate was mentally competent to be executed.

The state of Missouri, led by Attorney General Chris Koster, appealed quickly.

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Family Court Investigation
11:07 am
Tue November 19, 2013

St. Louis County Family Court Under Federal Investigation

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Updated at 1:15 p.m. with further comment from the ACLU.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. with quotes from court administrator Paul Fox.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether the St. Louis County family court is treating all of the children who appear in front of its judges equally.

The department's Civil Rights Division is specifically looking at whether the court is providing due process to children involved in delinquency proceedings, and if all children are treated equally regardless of race.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'Overwhelming' Environment At St. Louis Homeless Shelter Triggers Neighborhood Dispute

The New Life Evangelistic Center at 1411 Locust Street.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Rev. Larry Rice opened his emergency shelter at the New Life Evangelistic Center in 1976 with permission from the city to house 32 people. Back then, the area around his building at 1411 Locust was mostly factories and warehouses for St. Louis’ garment district.

Many of those buildings are now loft apartments with bars and restaurants on the first floor, and Rice admits to regularly sheltering as many as 300 people a night.

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Project EARN
3:38 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney General Praises Mo. Federal Drug Court As National Model

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Project EARN graduate Donnie Westrich on November 14, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal drug court established by the Eastern District of Missouri is exactly the kind of program needed to help address the country's soaring prison population.

"It's a holistic approach here," Holder said. "You have the court system, the prosecutor, the public defender's office the probation office. We just saw that this was kind of what we envisioned. It was something that we wanted to highlight and them duplicate."

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MSD
1:41 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

State Supreme Court Strikes Down MSD Storm Water Fee

Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comments from MSD..

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needed voter approval when it changed the way it funded storm water service.

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Sewage Spill
2:55 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

MSD Dealing With Another Sewage Spill

Crews are working to repair a 42-inch main near this pumping station on Creve Coeur Mill Road. Creve Coeur Lake Park is directly east of the site.
(via Google Maps/screenshot)

Updated at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday

MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says several hundred thousand gallons of sewage have spilled from the broken main. The total size of the spill won't be known until repairs are complete. 

The actual repair work will being around midnight Wednesday, and is expected to take four to six hours. If the work cannot be completed tomorrow morning, crews will have to wait until midnight Thusday before resuming work.

Our original story

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Block Grants
4:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Give Preliminary Approval To Allocation Of Social Service Dollars

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Development and social service agencies are taking stock today after the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval to a measure that distributes more than $16 million in federal grants to agencies throughout the city.

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Concealed Carry
2:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Want A Concealed-Carry Permit In Illinois Before April? File Another Lawsuit

(via Flickr/Of Small Things)

Gun owners in Illinois who want a concealed-carry permit before April 2014 will have to file a new lawsuit in federal court.

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New Life Evangelistic Center
6:47 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Larry Rice Gets His Say On Effort To Revoke Operating Permit For New Life Evangelistic Center

Larry Rice addresses the Board of Public Service on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The New Life Evangelistic Center’s emergency homeless shelter in downtown St. Louis is no worse for the neighborhood than bars nearby on Washington Avenue.

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