Stephanie Lecci

Newscast Producer

Stephanie joined WUWM in September 2008 as the Coordinating Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Stephanie began her career as an editorial assistant at her hometown newspaper, The Oyster Bay Guardian, on Long Island, NY. She fell in love with radio while working in the news department of Northwestern Universityâ» Contact Lake Effect

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Missouri Deer Population
9:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Missouri Deer Populations Recovering After Disease Outbreaks

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the deer population will offer plenty of hunting opportunities this year, as numbers are recovering from disease outbreaks across the state.
Credit Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Department of Conservation

It's good news for hunters, but maybe bad news for drivers: the Missouri Department of Conservation says the state will see a pretty good deer population this year.

Many parts of the state should see a "large and healthy deer herd" this season, after years of declining populations, according to the department's Jim Low. He estimates the state has more than a million deer, offering "plenty of deer hunting opportunity out there."

Recovery from disease

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Police perspective
11:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Officer: Facing Threats And Shots Makes Protest Duty Emotional For Police

Police are facing increasingly hostile, anti-law enforcement crowds as protests continue in the St. Louis area.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in August, police have been facing hostile protests with often a strong anti-law enforcement bent.

Chants of "No justice, no peace" have been mixed with much more violent anti-police messages, including threats of shooting down police helicopters and other vulgar terms.

But it's not just shouts being hurled at police; they've also had Molotov cocktails, rocks, and bottles of urine thrown their way, even been spit at and fired upon.

Police response to violence

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Shaw shooting
7:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Police Union, Myers Family React To Gun Residue Findings In Shaw Shooting

St. Louis Police Officers Association president Joe Steiger, business manager Jeff Roorda and attorney Brian Millikan comment on the lab tests that found gun residue on the hand of Vonderrit Myers during a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Stephanie Lecci

Lab results show gunshot residue was found on the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer in the Shaw neighborhood last week, according to new information released by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Tuesday.

The tests were conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crime lab. The results found gunshot residue on Vonderrit Myers, Jr.'s, hand, inner waistband, front and back jeans pockets and black t-shirt. The released statement also read: 

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North County
8:25 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Police Appreciation Drive Aims To Show Support, Build Community

Police outside Ferguson Police Department.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

As protests continue, a movement supporting law enforcement is gaining traction.

Some St. Louis area residents are organizing a supply drive, collecting prepackaged food and toiletries for police officers. The drive was the brainchild of North County native Katrina, who asked that her last name not be used for safety reasons. Her father and relatives are high ranking members of local public safety departments.

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Ferguson October
3:15 am
Sat October 11, 2014

First Day Of FergusonOctober Protest Is Peaceful

A crowd marches through the streets of Clayton.
Credit Rebecca Smith| St. Louis Public Radio

Onlookers watched from tall office buildings as about 300 rain soaked protesters marched through Clayton Friday afternoon.

The event marked the start of Ferguson October, a series of rallies, marches, and educational events that will run through Monday. Organizers hope this weekend’s events will build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence and will keep focus on Michael Brown's shooting.

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St. Louis Parking Meters
5:16 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

St. Louis Considers Raising Parking Fees to Fund Upgraded Meters

A report being considered by the St. Louis parking commission suggests increasing parking rates in the city. That would help fund upgraded meters, like this one that takes credit cards.
Credit Paul Sableman, Flickr

St. Louis' coin-only parking meters may get a technology upgrade, but it might cost you more to use them.

On Thursday, the city's parking commission reviewed initial recommendations to raise parking rates by next year. The suggestions come from a preliminary report commissioned by the city that evaluates its parking system. 

The commission is considering raising hourly meter rates from $1 to $1.50 in busy downtown areas, and from $0.75 to $1 in lower demand areas. Some violation fees also would increase.

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Darren Wilson Investigation
5:03 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Brown's Parents Renew Call For Special Prosecutor

Michael Brown's parents, Michael Brown, Sr. (far left) and Lesley McSpadden (center), have sent a letter to Gov. Nixon asking him to appoint a special prosecutor in the grand jury investigation into their son's death.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum

Michael Brown's parents are renewing their call for a special prosecutor in the investigation into the fatal police shooting of their son citing "compelling and rising concerns of conflict."

In a letter written by their attorney, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday to reconsider replacing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Nixon declined to remove McCulloch when he had the power to do so during the state of emergency imposed during August's unrest.

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Change in Command
9:36 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

St. Louis County Police Take Over Ferguson Security

Police and protesters interact in Ferguson on the night of September 23, 2014.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis County Police Department has taken over command of security of protest demonstrations in Ferguson. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson asked St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar to take over Friday after consulting with Ferguson’s mayor and city manager.

Belmar said that the Ferguson police department lacked the manpower to handle the level of activity in Ferguson.

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Ferguson spokesman
2:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Devin James Discusses Ferguson's Response Plans, His Criminal Record

Devin James said he is still serving as spokesman for the city of Ferguson on a pro-bono basis, though the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership fired him after it learned of his criminal record.
Credit Rebecca Smith

Ferguson officials are working on plans to alert residents in case of future unrest, according to public relations strategist Devin James, who said he still represents the city on a pro-bono basis.

"Say for example, if there is an outbreak of something that goes on tonight and a protest goes from peaceful to violent, what are we supposed to tell residents to do? Are we supposed to tell them to evacuate, the National Guard is coming in? So a lot of those type of conversations are what they're working on now," James said.

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Ferguson Protest
2:28 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Uneasy Peace Holds in Ferguson During Protest March

Ferguson Police Lt. Craig Rettke is confronted by two protestors in the middle of S. Florissant Road Sunday night.
Credit Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

An at-times uneasy peace held Sunday night between police and protesters, just one night after shots unrelated to demonstrations were fired at two area police officers, hitting one.

More than 150 protesters gathered Sunday for a march outside the Ferguson Police Department on S. Florissant Road, chanting and banging out rhythms on pots, drums and tambourines. Cars driving by honked in seeming support.

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