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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Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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Kinder loan
2:04 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Former Mo. gov forgives loan to current Lt. Gov.

Matt Blunt with Peter Kinder in 2005
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt has forgiven a loan he made to the man who wants the job he once held.

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Lotto win
12:19 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Lotto ticket from St. Louis yields big win

(via Flickr/AComment)

If you purchased a Show Me Cash lotto ticket at Metropolitan Newstands downtown yesterday, check your numbers - you could be $775,000 richer.

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St. Charles shooting
6:50 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Fourth charged in shooting in Bass Pro lot

A badge from the St. Charles County Sheriff's department. Four men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the county on Christmas Even
(Flickr/connor395)

A fourth man - the suspected shooter - has been arrested in connection with the death of a St. Louis-area native who had a spot on the Ram's practice squad this season.

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MSD appeal
4:18 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

MSD to appeal stormwater fee decision

MSD headquarters in downtown St. Louis

The Metropolitan Sewer District says it plans to appeal a July court ruling that threw out a new system for charging for stormwater system maintenance.

The new fee charged people based on how much of their property could not absorb water. But Lincoln County judge Dan Dildine ruled that it was actually a tax, and therefore had to be approved by voters.

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Education funding
4:01 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Gaming dollars coming in lower than expected

Missouri’s K-12  schools could face even tougher funding hurdles this year thanks to the slumping gaming industry.

A document provided to the Associated Press today shows Missouri’s 12 casinos were projected to generate about $372 million. That was based on the assumption that removing loss limits would generate more revenue.

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clay mine cited
3:21 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Mo. mine referred to attorney general for clean water violations

This image from Google maps shows the approximate location of the Monroe Co. mine under investigation by attorney general Chris Koster
(screenshot from Google Maps)

A northeast Missouri clay mine faces criminal charges over violations of the state's Clean Water Law.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says the Joe Gilliam Mining Company hasn't had a permit to operate the mine since July 2009. Before its previous permit expired, mine owners didn't submit required annual reports and fees.

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Starkloff funeral
2:56 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Services set for disability rights pioneer

Max Starkloff on June 20, 2008, when he received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Funeral services for disability rights pioneer Max Starkloff have been set.

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New bridge
2:17 pm
Wed December 29, 2010

Miss. River Bridge gets back on schedule

The site of the new Mississippi River Bridge at the foot of Mullanphy St. in north St. Louis.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Crews working on the new Mississippi River Bridge have gotten the $640 million project back on track.

Flooding meant that for the months of May, June, and July, it wasn't safe for crews to be working below the water line, says project manager Greg Horn. That wiped out 81 construction days.

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MoDOT in 2011
7:08 am
Tue December 28, 2010

The year ahead for MoDOT

Cracks are seen in the shoulder of I-70 near the exit to the Providence Road in Columbia, Mo. The budget for the Missouri Department of Transportation is expected to drop by nearly half in 2011. (Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)
(Via Flickr/ KOMUnews, Manu Bhandari)

Some major road projects will keep the Missouri Department of Transportation and its contractors busy next year. But that all changes in 2012.


In 2011, crews will complete a new ramp connecting Interstate 270 and Page Avenue, says Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer in the St. Louis area. They'll also finish MoDOT's portion of the Route 141 extension in West County.

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