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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GUN CONTROL
2:26 pm
Sat December 22, 2012

Slay, Dotson Don’t Like NRA Proposal For Armed Guards In Schools

Mayor Slay talks to supporters.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis City Mayor, Francis Slay, has a crystal clear response to the National Rifle Association's position that armed guards should be placed in every school.  

He doesn’t like it, not one bit.

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School Safety
4:15 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

St. Louis County Police Chief Defends Idea To Arm Educators

Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

It’s estimated that there are more guns in America than people, and St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch is defending his idea that arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.

Speaking to St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today, Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal. 

But, the police chief also said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address what he said is a critical gap in time when someone starts shooting and police can respond.    

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

St. Louis County Closer To Adding Arch Tax To April Ballot

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The St. Louis County Council is moving forward with a plan to put a sales tax initiative on the April ballot that would improve county parks, trails and the Arch grounds.

Council Chairman Michael O’Mara introduced a bill at this afternoon's council meeting that would authorize the ballot initiative and says he plans to campaign on its behalf.

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Politics
11:52 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

St. Charles County Council Approves Raises For Elected Officials

Credit Flickr/Rob Lee

Elected officials in St. Charles County are getting a raise.

The St. Charles County Council approved the 15 percent bump in pay last night, which will officially go into effect in 2015.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann said the county’s charter only allows them to consider a raise every four years, and the last one came in 2007.

“There’s no guarantee that anybody who voted on this tonight will ever see it, because they’ll all have to be elected to get the raise,” Ehlmann said.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Durbin: It’s Time To Talk About Gun Control

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On Sunday a somber Dick Durbin said the nation is in mourning in the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.     

Then the Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois told Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace, it’s time to think about whether people should be able to buy assault rifles, body armor and high-capacity clips.  

“Can we have a thoughtful, calm reflection on these things and do it in the context of our second amendment?” Durbin asked.  “I think we need to.” 

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shipping
2:04 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Corps Increasing Flow From Ill. Reservoir To Aid Shippers

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The Army Corps of Engineers has started releasing more water from Carlyle Lake in Illinois to help keep barges moving along the Mississippi River.

Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Mike Peterson says they had a pretty good idea this summer’s brutal drought would cause big shipping problems in the fall and winter.

So, they held back water in Carlyle Lake, which is a little over 50 miles east of St. Louis, because it's one of the region's few reservoirs with a little extra water from rain.  

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Politics
2:19 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Blunt: Preventing Mass Shootings Should Start With Mental Health, Not Stricter Gun Laws

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Members of Congress from across the country are responding to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Mo.  Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt called the shooting a huge tragedy and said that it put other parts of life in perspective.

But Blunt said stricter gun laws are unlikely to deter similar acts of violence.

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bosnian community
1:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Local Project Aims To Tell Bosnians’ Collective Narrative Of War

Fontbonne University professor Benjamin Moore holds a book with photos of Muslims who lost their lives during the Bosnian War.
Credit Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the first refugees from the Bosnian War arriving in St. Louis. 

In the coming months we’re going to take a closer look at their experiences in this country and how their presence has changed the cultural landscape of our city.   

But to know how St. Louis became home to what’s estimated to be the largest Bosnian population outside of eastern Europe, you have to first understand the brutal ethnic war that many of them fled.     

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St. Louis County
10:41 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Some Contractors, Civil Rights Groups Upset About New Rules In St. Louis County

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Tuesday night the St. Louis County Council passed a new ordinance that in part requires contractors have a U.S. Department of Labor approved apprentice program.

That provision drew criticism from some civil rights groups who said it was unfairly pro-union.

“You know there are any number of minority owned contractors who are not union contractors,” said Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis branch of the NAACP.   “We’ve fought this fight a hundred times about this language and how it excludes them simply because they’re not tied to the union.”

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Zoo
10:39 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

St. Louis Zoo Kicks Off Planning Phase Of Forest Park Hospital Expansion

Credit (via Saint Louis Zoo)

The St. Louis Zoo held an open house Tuesday night to launch the planning process for its expansion into the recently purchased 13.5 acre Forest Park Hospital.

David McGuire is vice president for architecture and planning at the zoo and says it might take decades to complete the expansion project.

The initial planning phase is expected to last six to eight months, and McGuire says at the end of the day adding the new site will mean the zoo can extend its mission. 

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