Tim Lloyd

Education Reporter

Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues.  His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, ​Marketplace, KCUR, KPR, IPR, NET, WFIU.  He won regional Edward R Murrow Awards in 2013 for Writing, Hard News and was part of the reporting team that won for Continuing Coverage.  In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature.

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Transportation
8:38 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Law Enforcement, Rail Industry Team Up To Promote Safety Near The Tracks

A Union Pacific train near Sauget, Ill.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

With the arrival of spring, there's typically an uptick in accidents near railroad tracks.

This afternoon law enforcement teamed up with the rail industry in an effort to raise awareness of the issue.  

Police focused on monitoring traffic at two crossings in the metro east, stopping drivers who neglected to yield when a train was approaching.

Lindell Barton is Chief of the Alton Southern Railroad Police, and said even though railroad accidents involving motorists have declined across the country, it remains a serious problem.   

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Property Values
3:55 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Initial Numbers Show Property Values In St. Charles County Slid 4 Percent

(via Flickr/_J_D_R)

St. Charles County residents will be receiving their property value assessments next month, preliminary numbers show that overall residential values have slid downward over the past two years.

County Assessor Scott Shipman says in general, residential property values are down about 4 percent.

He says foreclosures and new developments that were left vacant during the recession are largely to blame for the overall decline.  

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USPS
5:53 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Despite The Snow, Postal Workers Rally For Saturday Delivery

Postal workers rally for Saturday delivery on Sunday, March 24.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Despite the winter storm, postal workers rallied against the proposed removal of Saturday deliveries.

Workers and supporters sloshed around in front of the Post Office’s main branch in downtown St. Louis, carrying signs that read “Missourians for 6 Day.”

“These people understand the importance of their job, the importance of delivering six days a week, and the role that we play in the community,” said Kevin Boyer, Missouri state president of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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March Snowstorm
12:08 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Infographic: Top 10 March Snowfalls In St. Louis History

A look at overall snowfall across the region as of 7 a.m. on March 25, 2013.
Credit (NOAA)

Updated Monday, March 25 with new snowfall totals

Late Sunday night 12.4 inches of snow had accumulated at Lambert International Airport, setting a new record for a March snowfall in St. Louis.  The previous record was set 101 years ago, when just over a foot of snow fell on March 24, 1912.  The below chart shows the top ten snowfalls in March.       

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Urban Agriculture
1:12 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

St. Louis County Library District Seeds Community Gardening Effort

Volunteers install a community garden at the Prairie Commons Branch of the St. Louis Public Library District on Saturday, March 23.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though up to a foot of snow could blanket parts of the region by tomorrow night, that didn’t stop the St. Louis County Library District from launching a pilot program to put community gardens outside some of its branch locations.

This morning volunteers began assembling 20 raised beds at Prairie Commons Branch in Hazelwood that organizers hope will serve as test plot for future efforts.

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March snowstorm
3:05 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Last Blast Of Winter Takes Aim At St. Louis Region

A heavy snow storm falls on Busch Stadium in St. Louis on March 24, 2013.
Credit Bill Greenblatt / UPI

Updated 9:25 a.m. on Monday, March 25, with details on snow totals for St. Louis region.

The National Weather Service says Lambert St. Louis Airport had a record 24-hour snow fall total of 12.4 inches. At least 100 flights were canceled at Lambert on Sunday. As of 6:15 a.m. Monday, 18 departing flights have been canceled, along with 12 arriving flights.

Updated 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, with details on snow removal efforts.

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Education
10:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Cleveland NJROTC Saved, Two Other SLPS Schools To Close

(via Flickr/comedy_nose)

On Wednesday night the state-appointed Special Administrative Board approved some budget cutting measures meant to improve the St. Louis Public School District's long-term financial health.

The efforts of alumni and faculty, however, ultimately saved the popular Cleveland NJROTC High School from the chopping block.

Last month Superintendent Kelvin Adams said little could change his recommendation to close Cleveland NJROTC due to low enrollment.

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Medicaid
10:01 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

MCU Rallies For Medicaid Expansion

Members of Metropolitan Congregations United rally for Medicaid expansion on Monday, March 18.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

The working poor in Missouri are desperately in need of affordable healthcare.  

That was the message at a rally Monday evening organized by members of Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU).

From the steps of St. John’s United Church of Christ in St. Louis City, speaker after speaker called on lawmakers to take advantage of federal money to expand Medicaid coverage.

“It’s the right thing to do," said Barbara Paulus, an organizer with the religious coalition.  "It’s good for the Missouri economy.  But, most importantly, people have a right to healthcare.” 

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Property Values
4:26 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

St. Louis County Property Values Declined Over The Past Two Years

J_D_R Flickr

The median residential property value in St. Louis County declined 7 percent over the past two years, according to preliminary numbers released this afternoon.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman says the numbers show that property values in wealthier areas held steady or only had slight declines, but areas with clusters of foreclosures saw the median property value drop by 12 percent.

(A full chart of how different areas compared is below)

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Politics
12:19 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Durbin Optimistic On Budget Deal, Says More Work To Do On Immigration Reform

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons/United States Senate)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the current federal budget battle could present an opportunity for a “grand bargain” between Republicans and Democrats, asserting that  it's time to reform Medicare and other entitlements.

As a guest on Fox News Sunday, the number two Democrat in the Senate also managed to get in a political jab at Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).   

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