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.


12:38 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Fed Report Finds St. Louis Regional Economy Is Picking Up Steam

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Economic growth across eastern and central Missouri and southern Illinois is picking up steam, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  

Overall, the unemployment rate in the last quarter was just a hair below the national average, at 7.4 percent, and Kevin Kliesen, a business economist and research officer with the Fed in St. Louis, says there’s reason for optimism. 

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Barge Shipping
8:01 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Corps, Barge Industry Watch Mississippi River Levels With Wary Eyes

Kelly Martin Via Wikimedia Commons

After flooding this spring, a dry summer has slowly dropped water levels on the Mississippi River.

The River gauge in St. Louis was close to zero on Sunday morning and could drop to negative two feet by the end of the month.

U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Peterson says they’re watching the situation closely.

But after last year’s drought threatened to stop barge shipping, he says the Corps is better prepared for a low water situation this fall and winter. 

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Boil Order
1:35 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Repair Work Complete, Boil Order Lifted For Cities Of St. Peters, St. Charles

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Updated Monday 8:54 a.m.

The City of  St. Peters states on their website that the boil order has been lifted for the city and the City of St. Charles:

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Smoking Ban
10:17 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

New Smoking Ban Effort Underway In St. Charles County

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For the third year in a row an effort to create a smoking ban in St. Charles County is underway.

The St. Charles County Council began considering a bill Monday night that would restrict indoor smoking, but exempt any establishment that requires customers be at least 21-years-old. That provision would mean people could continue to light up in many bars and gambling areas.

(scroll down to ready a copy of the bill)

Councilman Joe Cronin is the bill’s sponsor and said a ban is critical to protecting public health.

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12:54 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Some Of The World’s Best Chess Players Square Off In St. Louis This Week

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Four of the best chess players in the world are squaring off this week in the Central West End during the first ever Sinquefield Cup.

The two best American payers will be joined by two of the top rated players in the world, including the number one ranked, 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is hosting the event, and Executive Director Tony Rich expects heated matches that can hinge on a single move.

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6:06 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Metro, Transit Union Head Back To Negotiating Table

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Metro Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 are heading back to the bargaining table on Wednesday afternoon.  

The central issue continues to be the retirement package offered to new transit workers.

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Social Services
11:05 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Three Leaders Of St. Louis Catholic Charities Resign

Logo used with permission from St. Louis Catholic Charities

A spokesperson for Catholic Charities of St. Louis has confirmed that three members of the organization's leadership team stepped down Friday night.

The resignations included President Brian O’Malley, Chief Operating Officer Jack Krings, and Chief Financial Officer Colleen Dusek.

“This is a personnel matter,” according to a statement from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “The Archdiocese will not comment further at this time.”

Public Health
5:15 am
Wed September 4, 2013

St. Louis County Council Members Hear From Ameren On Concerns About Meramec Power Plant

Map showing the location of Ameren's Meramec Power Plant.
via Google Maps

Despite concerns raised by some members of the St. Louis County Council and local environmental groups, Ameren says its coal fired Meramec Power Plant does not pose a public health risk.

On Tuesday night, members of the St. Louis County Council heard a presentation from Ameren geared toward answering concerns about the environmental impact of the company’s power plant in Oakville.

A key issue is ground water testing near so-called coal ash ponds. Coal ash, a byproduct from coal power plants that contains heavy metals, is stored in ponds near the plant.

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5:13 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Change To Conflict Of Interest Rules Stalls In St. Louis County Council

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A proposed change to the county charter that would have required subcontractors to disclose potential conflicts of interest when doing business with the county failed to advance in the St. Louis County Council.

The change was introduced in the wake of Gregory Sansone’s resignation from the Police Board after questions were raised about his company receiving a subcontract to work on the county’s new crime lab.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether there was any wrongdoing.

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1:15 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

New Fare Boxes Coming To All St. Louis MetroBuses

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Starting Wednesday, Metro Transit will begin installing new fare boxes on all of its buses, and if your daily commute includes a MetroBus ride, you might want to plan on some delays.

Metro tested the new fare boxes on around 40 buses, and customers won’t be able to drop all of their money into the machines at the same time.  Metro Spokeswoman Patti Beck says they’ve learned from their pilot program that it takes some time for people to get used to a new way of paying.

“But then that reverts to the normal boarding process about after a three week period,” Beck says.

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