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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Metro Transit
2:04 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Metro reopens stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge

Metro will reopen its bus and MetroLink stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge tomorrow morning.

While crews were renovating the Grand Ave. Bridge, Metro was sprucing up its bus and train stops.

Upgrades include new seating at the bus stop along with redone elevators and stairs to the MetroLink station below the bridge.

Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck said the stop is a key part of Metro’s busiest route.

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John Sullivan
1:42 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Ill. State Senator takes leave for cancer treatment

Ill. State Senator John Sullivan announced today that he is stepping away from his day-to-day duties for two to three weeks to receive cancer treatment.   

Sullivan represents the west central part of the state, including Quincy.  

In a press release, Sullivan said that he has a “rare but extremely treatable form of cancer called liposarcoma.

News Round-Up
9:32 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Morning headlines: Sunday, August 19, 2012

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Ill. strip club tax will fund rape crisis centers

Strip clubs in Illinois will soon have to pay an additional tax to help fund efforts to prevent sexualassault and counsel victims.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday signed into a law a measure establishing the tax.

Supporters say strip clubs contribute to crime and violence and should help pay for fighting the problems.

The new tax will help reverse funding cuts in sexual assault services.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon had pushed for the tax and says it is projected to raise up to $1 million a year.

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summersault record
5:01 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Hundreds roll on Art Hill for charity, fall short of world record

Updated at 8:26 pm on Saturday, Aug. 18 with number of participants

What a sight it was from the top of Art Hill in Forest Park today. 

Feet flew, grass stains were made, but more than 700 people fell short of setting a new world record for simultaneous summersaults.

Nevertheless, a fun time was had by all. 

Joe Baker brought out his son to take a shot at making a little piece of history.

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Morning headlines
9:07 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Morning Headlines: Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Candidates debate in Illinois' 12 Congressional District

After nearly twenty years representing Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, Jerry Costello is retiring at the end of his term.  The three candidates looking to fill the open seat debated in Carbondale last night. 

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Missouri Exports
5:03 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Missouri exports grow at record-setting pace

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Missouri exports are growing at a record-setting pace this year and trade with markets in Asia is up more than 24 percent this year alone.

Tim Nowak, executive director of World Trade Center St. Louis, said low paying manufacturing jobs in Asia have created a consumer market for Missouri products.

Nowak said that, in turn, translates to jobs in St. Louis.  

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Foreclosure Mediation
9:28 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

St. Louis County Council moves forward with foreclosure mediation bill

Foreclosures in St. Louis hit a record high in 2010. (flickr/taberandrew)

The St. Louis County Council moved forward tonight with a bill that would require lenders to offer mediation for homeowners on the edge of foreclosure.

During a public meeting on the plan, many community members told the council that mediation may have saved them from foreclosure.

For Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett, it was personal.   She was on the edge of tears when she told the story of foreclosing on her mother’s house.  

Councilwoman Hazel Erby, who originally introduced the bill, said they have to take action now.  

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Edwardsville Schools
12:02 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Edwardsville teachers picket over new contract, upset about class size limits

Members of the teachers union, Edwardsville Education Association, wore red and picketed before the school board meeting on Aug. 13, 2012
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Around 200 teachers and a handful of parents protested before the Edwardsvill School Board meeting last night.

Frustrated by the latest contract offer they received from district officials, teachers could announce plans to strike later this month.

Edwardsville Education Association Co-President Dave Boedeker said they are especially concerned about clauses in their contract that they say could open the door to larger classes.

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St. Louis Public Schools
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

SLPS releases first-day attendance numbers

Students filing in for the first day of school at Gateway Elementary School in St. Louis.
(via St. Louis Public Schools)

Updated 5:10 p.m. Aug. 13:

St. Louis Public Schools has released its attendance figures for the first day of school:

  • 20,283 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade attended classes today
  • According to SLPS, the number shows a 10.25 percent increase over the previous year’s first day attendance of 18,397

Three new schools opened to address the closing of six Imagine charter schools in St. Louis. The new schools had the following first-day attendance numbers:

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Morning round-up
10:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 13, 2012

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Heading into special session, Ill. lawmakers remain divided on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Friday to overhaul he state's pensions, even though Illinois lawmakers are still divided over the best way to do so.

There's an $83 billion gap in what the state has promised its employees they'll get when they retire, and what Illinois actually has in the bank.

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