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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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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Politics
1:14 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Funding For SIUE Pharmacy School

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Illinois’s ballooning pension costs coupled with dwindling revenue from professional fees are what’s behind a proposed $1.2 million funding cut for the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Gov. Pat Quinn proposed the cut for SIUE along with schools of pharmacy at Chicago State University and the University of Illinois at Rockford.

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Fair St. Louis
8:25 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Will Sequester Ground Parts Of The Airshow?

Loco Steve Flickr

The so-called sequester is grounding some military aircraft from participating in air shows across the country.

The Navy plans to cancel performances by the Blue Angels at four events next month, and the U.S. Army parachute team and the Air Force Thunderbirds won't be able to participate in the Chicago Air and Water Show this summer.

But the Chair of Fair St. Louis, Bob Ciapciak, says it’s still too soon to know how $85 billion in federal budget cuts will impact local festivities.

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Politics
9:55 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

St. Louis County Council Approves Anti-Sweatshop Rules, Hears Concerns About Power Plant

Rob Lee Flickr

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis County Council approved changes to its purchasing rules that prevent vendors from supplying it with garments made in so-called sweatshops.

Under the new rules sweatshop practices are defined in part as failing to comply with labor laws of the country where the garments were made and exposing workers to toxic chemicals.

Councilman Greg Quinn was the only member to vote against new procedures, saying the language of the ordinance is unclear, especially with regards to overtime pay.     

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Several MetroBus Routes To See Small Changes On Monday

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If you’re hopping on a bus Monday morning you might notice some small changes in your route.

Updates to more than 20 MetroBus routes are going into place on Monday morning.

Metro Spokeswoman Dianne Williams says the alterations are meant to improve services for riders and help buses stay on-time.  

“Metro consistently monitors traffic patterns, new businesses coming, old businesses leaving, and all of that impacts how we plan services for this community,” Williams says

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Tax Help
4:42 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Coalition Aims To Help Low, Middle Income Residents File Their Taxes

MoneyBlogNewz Flickr

Tax season is here again, and the non-profit Gateway EITC Community Coalition is ramping up its effort to help low and middle income residents file their returns.  

As April 15 approaches, volunteers will be available on Saturdays at 13 locations across the region to assist taxpayers with a household income of less than $51,000. 

The tax preparation help is free and no appointment is needed at the Saturday locations.   

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bosnian community
4:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Bosnian Businesses Grow Beyond The Niche

Ibrahim and Fazira Vajzovic stand in the offices of their insurance company in south St. Louis City.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the first refugees from the Bosnian war arriving in St. Louis.

We’re continuing our ongoing look at their experiences in this country with a story about business, more specifically, business and cultural identity.   

Many of the early Bosnian entrepreneurs catered to other Bosnians in St. Louis. 

That’s starting to change, though, as Bosnian business owners search for success by connecting with the larger community.    

Have you ever asked yourself: “Could I completely start over?”

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Mayoral Race
1:08 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Slay Poised To Make History

Mayor Slay talks to supporters.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Francis Slay is now poised to win a fourth term as mayor of St. Louis.

Slay walked away with the Democratic primary on Tuesday, beating Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and former Alderman Jimmie Matthews.   Slay received 54 percent of the vote, Reed 44 percent and Matthews a little over one percent.

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Transportation
2:35 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Supporters Push Forward With Streetcar Effort

A modern streetcar in Portland, Ore. Supporters of the streetcar plan say Portland is a working example of a city where economic development has been spurred by a streetcar line.
MVI Flickr

A modern streetcar line in St. Louis could spur an estimated $540 million in development in its first five years of operation, and more than $2 billion over 20 years, according to a draft feasibility study paid for by the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.

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