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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St. Louis Public Library Remodel
5:58 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis Public Library remodel on time and budget

The headquarters building of the St. Louis Public Library is undergoing a $70 million restoration.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

On time, and on budget.

Those are the five words St. Louis Public Library executive director Waller McGuire is most excited to say about the $70 million renovation of the library's headquarters building.

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East St. Louis police
4:25 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

East St. Louis cops reject offer to avoid layoffs

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that the union representing East St. Louis police has rejected a deal that would have trimmed salaries to save 16 jobs.

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Business
10:49 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Monsanto posts gains in first quarter

St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. says higher sales of corn, soybean, vegetable and cotton seeds helped the company earn a profit in the first quarter of the fiscal year.

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ABB memorial
9:47 am
Wed January 5, 2011

ABB management - "We will get over this"

Roses surround the base of the fountain, part of a memorial to the three killed and five wounded during a shooting rampage last year at ABB.
(All photos by Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The last time they congregated outside like this, the temperatures were in the teens, the wind was howling, and there were four inches of snow on the ground. And they were scared for their lives.

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John Cochran VA
5:17 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

New problems at John Cochran revealed

Cong. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and nurses at John Cochran VAMC take questions about equipment problems at the veteran's hospital
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 8:36pm with response from John Cochran officials.

The troubled John Cochran veteran's hospital is under fire again, this time for allegedly failing to keep critical supplies stocked on a timely basis.

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Max J. Starkloff
4:52 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

"We admired him, we all loved him."

Max J. Starkloff in 2008 when he received his star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The sanctuary at St. Francis Xavier Church on the Saint Louis University campus was filled today with people who had gathered for one purpose - to remember the life of Max Starkloff.

Such a crowd, said former Washington University chancellor William Danforth, would have been unheard of in 1959, when an automobile accident left Starkloff a paraplegic and living in a nursing home at the age of 21.

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Missing student
3:06 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Still no information on missing student from Maplewood

Dulguun Sukhee, 20, went missing four days before Christmas
(Passport photo via Maplewood Police Dept.)

Maplewood police say they still have no leads on a St. Louis Community College student from Mongolia who went missing four days before Christmas.

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New Year's traffic
2:10 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

One MO highway death over New Year's

File photo

It was a safer year for motorists traveling on Missouri roads during the New Year's holiday this year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced today that it has reports of just one fatality on the roads between 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 11:59 yesterday. Troopers investigated 157 accidents, which also resulted in 70 injuries, and arrested 90 people who were driving drunk.

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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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