Stephanie Lecci

Newscast Producer

Stephanie Lecci comes to St. Louis Public Radio from WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, where she was coordinating and web producer of the news magazine show, "Lake Effect."

Her previous radio experience includes freelance producing and reporting for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and serving as associate producer for the nationally syndicated political radio show, "Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont." Stephanie hails from Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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Bureau Of Labor Statistics
5:23 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

New Data: Missouri Women's Earnings Are 78 Percent Of Men's

New numbers show Missouri's women who worked full-time earned about 78 percent of men's earnings in 2013.
Credit (via Flickr/Tax Credits)

New numbers show women working full-time in Missouri made 78.1 percent of what men did in 2013.

According to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Show-Me State's women earned a median wage of $665 per week, compared to men's $852 in 2013. The state's women's-to-men's earnings ratio dropped slightly from 2012.

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Response To Terrorist Attacks
8:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

To Combat Boko Haram, St. Louis Nigerian Group Turns To Ballot Box

Egbe Omo Yoruba of Greater St. Louis held a "Bring Back Our Girls" peace rally at the downtown Central Library last May, after the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 200 girls in Nigeria.
Credit Courtesy St. Louis County

A St. Louis-based group of Nigerians is condemning recent terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria not through public demonstrations here, but by encouraging voting there.

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March For Life
6:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

St. Louis Teens To March Against Abortion Rights In Washington, D.C.

Students at Saint Raphael the Archangel School prepare to leave Wednesday for the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Credit Courtesy Saint Raphael, via Twitter

The St. Louis Archdiocese is sending a record number of young people to Thursday's annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., since it first began its coordinated "Generation Life" pilgrimage to the event three years ago.

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Selling the Past
4:41 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

St. Louis Archaeological Group In Antiquities Sale Controversy Defies National Organization

Credit AIA website

Updated after the St. Louis Society vote -- In what one member called a “hotly divided” decision, the Archeological Institute of America - St. Louis Society narrowly voted Tuesday night to retain its board, even though that could allow the national organization to revoke the chapter’s charter.

The controversy stems from the local group’s sale of items it had owned for decades.

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Road Work
12:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Poplar Street Bridge Construction To Close Downtown Interstates This Weekend

Construction around the Poplar Street Bridge will lead to closures on much of the interstates downtown this weekend. MoDOT suggests using detours.
Credit Courtesy MoDOT

The Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid the area around the Poplar Street Bridge this weekend because portions of Interstates 44 and 55 will be closed downtown.

From Friday at 8 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., lanes in both directions will be closed from 7th and Park to the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. One ramp off eastbound I-44 near the Old Cathedral downtown will stay closed until January 21. 

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Police-Community Relations
5:17 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

St. Louis County Police Donate 2,800 Pounds Of Food Given By Supporters

St. Louis County Police officers unload a truck of food donations at the St. Louis Area Foodbank on Monday.
Credit Courtesy St. Louis County Police

The St. Louis County Police Department donated its remaining cache of more than a ton of nonperishable food items it received from supporters during the unrest in Ferguson to the St. Louis Area Foodbank on Monday.

Back in November, county police put out a call for donations of grab-and-go, hand-held snacks that officers could easily take with them to eat during long shifts. The department said people from across the St. Louis area and the country sent in hundreds of pounds of food.

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Sports
12:07 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Plans Unveiled For New Riverfront NFL Stadium

Aerial View Looking Southwest Toward Downtown.
HOK | 360 Architecture

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

A 64,000-seat open-air NFL stadium constructed on St. Louis' riverfront could be the new home of the Rams -- or another NFL team -- by 2020, according to preliminary plans announced Friday.

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Emergency Response
8:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

New Emergency Radio System Helps First Responders In St. Charles County

First responders throughout St. Charles County will now use one emergency radio communications system, allowing them to talk to each other when responding to events.
Credit Courtesy St. Charles County Police Department Facebook

Nearly all first responders throughout St. Charles County are now able to talk to one another.

That's because the county has finished building a new, $34 million emergency radio communications system. Before the new system was recently put in place, municipalities throughout the county had their own, separate radio systems.

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Deer Overpopulation
10:10 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Town And Country Residents Plan Deer Vigil

Some residents of Town and Country are protesting the city's approach to deer overpopulation in the suburb.
Credit Alvin Trusty, via Flickr

Some residents of Town and Country plan to hold a vigil for deer Thursday night in an unusual protest against what they call the city's costly and ineffective approach to managing the animal population. 

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Beyond Ferguson
12:13 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Court Extends Order Requiring Better Warning Before Tear Gas

Police chief Sam Dotson addresses Tower Grove South residents at a community meeting on December 12, 2014.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated January 6, 2015, at 1:15 PM:

A federal judge is extending a court order that requires police to provide sufficient warning before using tear gas to give lawful protesters a chance to leave.

U.S. District Court Judge Carol Jackson on Tuesday gave attorneys representing protesters and police 45 days to continue what one lawyer called “good faith” settlement discussions on policy changes regarding the use of tear gas. Both sides met on Monday and participated in a conference call, and agreed more time was needed.

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