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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White Christmas, Winter Roads
4:03 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

St. Louis will see white Christmas, tips for snowy roads

A Missouri Department of Transportation snowplow is at the ready for this weekend's impending snow. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to stay off the roads if possible during the winter storm that's expected to hit on Christmas Eve.

We have more details on the storm and tips for your holiday drive. We'll also keep you updated on any major changes in the weather here as it develops, but for real-time weather information, see the Missouri Department of Transportation's real-time traveler information map.

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Death at Busch home
1:39 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Young woman found dead at home of former Busch CEO

August Busch IV (photo courtesy of UPI)

Updated 3:14 p.m. Dec. 23, 2010:

The Associated Press reports that the woman found in Busch's home has been identified.

Police and the St. Louis County medical examiner's office on Thursday identified the victim as Adrienne Martin of St. Charles.

An autopsy has been conducted but results could take 4-6 weeks.

St. Louis County forensic administrator Suzanne McCune says there were no signs of trauma.

From Earlier:

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MO Statehouse
11:14 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Audit finds timesheet discrepancies in Lt. Gov's office

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010. (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

Outgoing auditor Susan Montee has released two new reports that find problems in a couple of the executive branch offices in Missouri.

One report, on the office of Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, found some problems in manual timesheets and leave slithat Kinder's staff filled out. For example:

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Bike improvements
6:06 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Region's bikers get good news

The Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis (photo by Creative Commons user ChrisYunker)

Bikers and hikers in St. Louis got two pieces of good news today.

Great Rivers Greenway, which is trying to develop 600 miles of trails throughout the region, announced it had, as expected, purchased about 12 acres at the foot of the Chain of Rocks bridge.

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MO Statehouse
5:46 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

State expected to collect about $7.3 billion next fiscal year

A worker uses a Bobcat to clear the walkways to the Missouri State Capitol building on February 9, 2010. Agreement on the state's projected revenue was reached today. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Governor Jay Nixon and the chairmen of the state House and Senate appropriations committee have come to an agreement on the amount of money available for the budget year that starts in June 2011 (FY 2012).

The projected revenue estimate is made every December, and is the figure the governor and lawmakers use to craft budget proposals.

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24th District Recount
11:33 am
Wed December 22, 2010

John Lamping to head to Jefferson City

Republican John Lamping (R) has officially defeated Democrat Barbara Fraser (L) for a state Senate seat. (Photo from the St. Louis Beacon)

Missouri Republicans have officially picked up another seat in the state Senate.

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2010 Census Data
4:26 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

MO, IL lose seats in Congress, St. Louis districts suspected targets for reapportionment

Mo. State Rep. John Diehl at today’s press conference in the Mo. House Lounge at the State Capitol. Diehl chairs the Missouri state reapportionment committee. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio).

UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2010, with information about reapportionment of Missouri congressional districts.

There’s already speculation that the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate will target the St. Louis-area districts held by Democrats Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.  But GOP House Member John Diehl, who chairs that chamber’s reapportionment committee, downplayed that possibility before reporters at the State Capitol.

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Juvenile life sentence
2:40 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

MO Supreme Court upholds life sentence for juvenile in death of St. Louis cop

Norvelle Brown had been a police officer for less than a year when he was shot and killed in August 2007. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a life sentence for the young man convicted in the officer's death.
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept. via UPI)

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of a St. Louis teenager who was 15 when he shot and killed a St. Louis police officer.

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East St. Louis
5:04 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

East St. Louis police layoff talks postponed another day

(Flickr Creative Commons User davidsonscott15)

Looks like the city of East St. Louis and its police officers will wait another day to settle their ongoing layoff dispute.

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Bank of America protests
2:15 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Six arrested at Bank of America protest

Bank of America headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. (Flickr Creative Commons User AndysProductions)

KMOV-TV is reporting that six people were arrested during a protest Monday at the Bank of America branch in downtown Clayton.

According to the report:

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