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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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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Homeless Camps
2:10 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Rice sets up new homeless camp in St. Louis County, officials want to avoid confrontation

A big, green and white tent is erected where Rev. Larry Rice hopes to put new homeless camp in St. Louis County.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A handful of homeless people milled about in the shade of a big green and white tent in suburban St. Louis County.

The massive canopy represents the latest in a string of attempts by Rev. Larry Rice of the New Life Evangelistic Center to set up a camp for the homeless.  

St. Louis County officials and police were on hand Saturday morning while Rice began setting up the camp in a vacant lot on Lada Avenue.

Officials told Rice that he did not file the proper paperwork to have a portable toilet, and that he could not have multiple tents.  

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Developing: Heat Wave
9:27 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Extended heat takes its toll with deaths, illnesses

rcbodden Flickr

Updated 9:15 a.m. August 9:

St. Louis County confirmed its fourth heat-related death of the summer today.

A son discovered the victim, a 76-year-old Lemay man, on July 10. The cause of death was certified on Wednesday.

The victim lived in the 700 block of Military Rd. The brick house had no central air conditioning, and a window unit was not working. The temperature inside the home was estimated to be between 90 and 95 degrees.

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Amendment Two
8:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two

Albrecht Dürer Wikimedia Commons

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.  

Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU’s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:

This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 6, 2012

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Police search for missing boy

Searchers are looking for a 12-year-old St. Louis County boy last seen Sunday night after telling his family he was going to swing on a rope on the Meramec River. A missing person advisory went out early Monday morning for Christopher Marks. He was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. last night in Pacific. Police are assembling this morning at the river with plans to search the water and the heavily-wooded area near it.

Lambert Airport detours end this morning

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Roadwork at Lambert
4:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Months of roadwork coming to an end at Lambert

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
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If you’re dropping someone off at Lambert Airport Monday morning expect a welcome surprise.

Months of roadwork has been completed and detours in front of baggage claim at Lambert’s Terminal 1 are coming to an end.

“So, it’s back to normal for our travelers as well as those picking up passengers,” Airport Spokesman Jeff Lea said.

Passenger pickup and most of the of the ground transportation loading areas are back to normal, too.

The majority of lower level exits will reopen Monday, as well, but some work will continue on the west end of the roadway.

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Weekend Events
1:57 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

1,000 origami cranes up for “adoption” this weekend

Courtesy STL Crane Project

Art Hill in Forest Park is the temporary home for 1,000 origami cranes this weekend. 

More than 100 volunteers helped make the cranes, which can be “adopted” for $10 each at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

The proceeds go to benefit Backstoppers, a local charity that assists the families of public safety workers who die in the line of duty. 

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Lambert Airport
8:55 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Retail makeover could be coming soon to Lambert

Passengers line up to move through security in Lambert's Terminal 1.
St. Louis Public Radio photo

Management at Lambert Airport has signed off on an agreement with the Hudson Group to offer travelers a new lineup of retail stores.

If the St. Louis Board of Alderman green lights the deal, Hudson Group will take over 14 locations, boosting the total number of shops by three.    

Proposed new retail concepts range from one focused on St. Louis sports teams to an Eddie Bauer clothing shop. 

Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said the deal will also bring in guaranteed extra revenue.

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Glendale Shooting
6:34 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Police give few details on Glendale shooting that left mother, her two children dead

Lieutenant Tim Fagan of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad answers questions from reporters, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Glendale police have called on the Major Case Squad to help investigate a shooting that left a mother and her two children dead in the Glendale neighborhood Monday.

Lieutenant Tim Fagan of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad says the investigation is fluid and he says authorities will work the theory that it was a murder suicide.

But Fagan says he isn’t willing to rule out any scenario.

“We haven’t come to what would be a full conclusion as to what would have happened,” Fagan said.  “The totality of the circumstances, I don’t have everything I need at this time.”

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Mo. GOP Senate Primary
6:45 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Three main candidates race to the right in Mo. GOP Senate primary

The three main candidates in the GOP Senate Primary. From left: John Brunner, Sarah Steelman, Todd Akin
(via John Brunner for Senate; file photo; Wikimedia Commons/U.S. House of Representatives).

Most of the people gathered outside of Washington University’s Edison Theater before a recent GOP Senate Primary debate already knew who they were voting for.  

But Shelby Hewerdine wasn’t sure yet.

So, she drove in from St. Charles to get a better feel for the character of each candidate.

“I don’t know how else people are going to look at it because they are very similar on the issues, so, we’ll see,” Hewerdine said.  

And during the debate, the three main candidates laid out basically the same policy platform. 

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