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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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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Marine killed
6:11 pm
Fri December 24, 2010

Traffic crash kills Marine traveling through the area

(United States Marine Corps)

A 24-year old U.S. Marine  has died, following a three-car accident on the Illinois approach to the Poplar Street Bridge.

Blake G. Hinds was a native of Burlington, IA and stationed at Camp Lejune, in North Carolina. He may have been traveling home when he rear-ended a tractor trailer, then lost control of the 2006 Nissan Altima and collided with another vehicle.

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White Christmas
6:00 pm
Fri December 24, 2010

MoDOT keeping up with winter storm

MoDOT plow and salt trucks get ready for a winter storm
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging driver to take it slow and be careful if they must travel this Christmas night.

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