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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Police accreditation
9:34 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Public can help with accreditation of St. Louis police

St. Louis Public Radio photo

Have you ever dealt with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department? The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies wants to hear from you.

The department got its first CALEA accreditation three years ago; it's trying to get re-accredited for another three years. As the department explains :

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Lure Nightclub
9:22 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Troubled nightclub Lure fights for license again

The exterior of Club Lure, the subject of a neighborhood hearing today.
(Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated after hearing:

  • Lure petitioners collected 133 signatures. 83 were ruled invalid by liquor control, leaving the 50 total.
  • Lure owners have been claiming some signatures were coerced.
  • Hearing was adjourned and rescheduled for Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. There is concern with the validity of a particular signature and judge wants the witness there live.

If anyone following the proceedings is interested, the ordinance governing protest petitions is 68536.

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Animal House
5:01 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Animal House Fund - in current form - to shut down

Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim with Mayor Francis Slay at the opening of Stray Rescue's new facility on July 19, 2010
Rachel Lippmann St. Louis Public Radio

Like Quentin the miracle dog, the city's Animal House Fund may have a second life.

The city's health commissioner, Melba Moore, recommended to the Board of Aldermen's Health and Human Services committee on Wednesday that the check-off box  that's generated about $247,000 for the fund be removed from the property tax and water bills.

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains:

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accident
9:53 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Tractor trailer accident kills one

Update: As of 1:30 pm, all lanes of traffic on westbouund Interstate 270 across the Chain of Rocks bridge were open. Both eastbound lanes remain closed.

Update: As of 10:45 am, crews had re-opened one lane of Interstate 270 traveling westbound across the Chain of Rocks bridge. All eastbound lanes remain closed.

A man trying to push his disabled car out of traffic on the Chain of Rocks bridge Wednesday morning is dead after being struck by a tractor trailer.

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Police
4:39 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

One teen arrested in drag racing accident

Trenton Pinckard, 19, of Glen Carbon, Ill. faces felony charges for running over the "flag girl" at an illegal street race.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

A 19-year-old Metro East man has been charged in a drag racing accident that left another teen in critical condition.

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Elections
10:24 am
Tue December 7, 2010

GOP city elections official to head to Kosovo

Kosovo
Cartographer of the United Nations Wikimedia Commons

The Republican elections director in St. Louis City will head to Kosovo this week to oversee the country's elections.

Scott Leiendecker leaves for the Balkan nation on Dec 8.  He's part of a team from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, which provides technical support to countries who might not be accustomed to holding democratic elections.

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MO Statehouse
10:05 am
Tue December 7, 2010

China hub scuttled governor's Taiwan trip

It appears diplomatic concerns, not travel issues, are what's keeping Gov. Jay Nixon in the United States next week.

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Smoking
10:49 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Lambert passengers will have to light up outside

This smoking lounge at Lambert will be a thing of the past starting Jan. 2
St. Louis Public Radio

In a blog post on the busiest travel day of the year last year, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay made it clear he wanted to make Lambert Airport smoke-free.

That goal is now policy.

The mayor's office announced Monday that starting January 2, passengers at Lambert who want to smoke will have to step outside. The airport's smoking lounges will no longer be available.

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Arlington Cemetery
5:03 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

McCaskill wants Sat. vote on Arlington legislation

Graves at Arlington National Cemetery
Flickr Creative Commons user Tony the Misfit

Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill says the Sente needs to vote - and soon - on her measure that would increase oversight at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Tax checkoffs
4:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

More property tax check-offs possible

There could be two new options for St. Louis residents to use their property tax bills  next year as a vehicle for charitable donations.

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