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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O'Fallon Ex-CIA officer
3:13 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Ex-CIA officer from O'Fallon accused of leak waives extradition

The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Ex-CIA agent Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo. waived extradition here today. (via Wikimedia Commons/Matthew Black)

A former CIA operative accused of disclosing confidential documents to a New York Times reporter has agreed to be returned to Virginia to face prosecution.

Jeffrey Sterling of O'Fallon, Mo., waived extradition Monday during a brief federal court appearance in St. Louis. The timing of his flight back to Virginia is unclear. Sterling recently had a knee replaced and he will be returned to Virginia as soon as it is medically possible.

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Dog fighting
1:19 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Court upholds dog-fighting sentences

A veterinarian at the Humane Society of Missouri points to a picture of a rescued fighting dog's wounds. Over 400 pit bulls were rescued by the Society after the raid in which Hackman and and Kiriakidis were charged. (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal appeals court in Missouri has upheld the sentences of two men who were involved in the one of the largest dog-fighting rings ever broken up in the United States.

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St. Louis
3:37 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

State of St. Louis breakfast focuses on jobs

St. Clair County (IL) executive Mark Kern delivers his opening remarks to the State of St. Louis breakfast on January 7, 2011. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The subject of jobs and how to create them was front and center at the sixth annual State of St. Louis breakfast this morning.

The chief executives of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County Illinois all say they expect a better economy in 2011 than 2010.

They all trumpeted the need to cooperate to ensure that happens.

St. Clair County executive Mark Kern wants to see the focus on one industry in particular.

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Lindbergh closure
10:22 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

UPDATE: Lindbergh Blvd. could reopen around noon today

The location of the SSM Imaging building at which a dangerous situation involving an MRI machine's possible explosion was discovered. (St. Louis Public Radio via Google Earth)

Update 10:35am with additional details about the hazard and possible reopening time.

Technicians from General Electric are at the scene at SSM Imaging to help the Mehlville Fire Department vent helium gas from an MRI machine at the medical office.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the venting should take about 15 minutes, and emergency officials hope to reopen a closed stretch of Lindbergh Blvd by noon today.

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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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