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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Drought
6:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Low Water, High Anxiety On The River

Dave Heyel, chief financial officer of JB Marine Service in south St. Louis County, stands in front of the company's floating office that now sits completely out of the water.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

It seems like we’re constantly hearing about how the worst drought in decades is threatening barge shipping on the Mississippi River. 

One day we’re facing a shutdown, the next day they say commerce will keep rolling on the river.  

Here’s the latest: The Army Corp of Engineers says it’s done enough work to keep the waterway open until the end of this month.   

After that, though, no one is making any promises, and that uncertainty is giving the shipping industry a lingering headache and could end up with local companies cutting jobs.   

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Sports
5:38 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

After A Long Wait, Fans Get The Blues

Bill Greenblatt UPI

The St. Louis Blues kicked off their training camp Sunday morning with a practice that was free to the public.

Even though the team has a shortened season, plenty of fans are happy a lengthy labor standoff between players and owners has been put to rest.

Paul Fries was one of more than 6,000 people who finally got to see their team take the ice, though he thought the months-long staring contest between players and owners would derail the National Hockey League this year.

“I was really thinking there probably wouldn’t be a season,” Fries said.

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weather
6:37 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

Credit Flickr/AMagill

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.   The forecast calls for freezing rain after 1 a.m. with approximately a tenth of an inch possible accumulation of ice.   The forecast also calls for around one inch of possible snow accumulation.   The National Weather Service cautions that untreated sidewalks and roadways could be dangerously slippery.  

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Drought
1:30 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

USDA: Drought Costs Ill. Corn-Producing Status

Credit (via Flickr/KOMUnews/Malory Ensor)

The worst U.S. drought in decades sizzled farmland last year and cost Illinois its spot as the nation's second-biggest corn producer.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report on 2012 crops shows that Illinois slumped to fourth among corn-producing states. It was overtaken by Minnesota and Nebraska, while Iowa still heads the pack.

The USDA says Illinois farmers produced 1.3 billion bushels of corn in 2012. That's down from 1.9 billion bushels each of the previous two years.

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Drought
6:09 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Durbin, Enyart Say River Will Stay Open For Business

(via Flickr/The Confluence)

The worst drought in decades has slowly eviscerated the mighty Mississippi River. 

Monday morning both U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and freshly sworn in U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Belleville) got a firsthand look at work being done to keep the waterway commercially viable to shippers.

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MetroLink
1:52 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Changes To MetroLink Ticket Validation Start Monday

Metrolink tracks will undergo some grinding work over the next few months.
St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

Starting this Monday morning Metro Transit is changing the way it handles ticket validation for MetroLink trains.

Here are three big things riders need to know about the new system.

First, vending machines won’t automatically print the expiration time on tickets or passes; you’ll have to do that separately.

Which leads to number two, the new system will make it much easier to buy tickets in advance and not use them right away.   

And Third, Metro Spokesperson Diane Williams says you really don’t want to forget to validate your ticket.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Durbin: Tax Reform Should Be Part Of Debt-Ceiling Talks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
(Official Portrait/via Wikimedia Commons)

With a deal to avoid drastic spending cuts behind them, members of Congress are gearing up for what could be another grueling round of negotiations over the federal debt-ceiling.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says members need to get to the bargaining table early this time.

The number two Democrat in the Senate told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday that he really doesn’t want to see a sequel to the so called “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

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ROBOTICS
12:50 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Robot Competition Powers Up In St. Louis

Peter Prombo Cates (left) and Chirag Doshi, students at Gateway Institute of Technology in St. Louis, carry their team’s robot off the playing field during the FIRST Robotics Competition regional round in St. Louis in 2011.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Ready...Set... Go build a robot that can go play a game that looks a little like disc golf meets American Gladiators! 

Oh, we're going to need a website with that, too, and you have around two months to get everything ready to go. 

Sound daunting?

That’s the challenge that was set before nearly 40 teams of high school students from across the region that assembled at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. 

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Economy
8:15 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Drought Concerns Remain For Barge Industry

Credit (via Flickr/The Confluence)

The barge industry again raised concerns Wednesday about the impact low water levels on the Mississippi River will have on shipping.

According to a new report from American Waterways Operators, low water could affect more than 8,000 jobs along the river. The group's spokeswoman, Ann McCulloch, says the situation isn't expected to improve any time soon.

"We're definitely worried about the immediate impact if commerce is severely impaired," said McCulloch.  "We're at that stage already and at this point it can only get worse."

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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Sprouting Biotech Startups

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

The numbers are pretty impressive, more than three dozen new biotech startups now call St. Louis home and collectively they’re hauling in tens of millions of dollars from investors.

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