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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Politics
12:20 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Mo. Democratic Party Selects New Chairman

Roy Temple
Credit Courtesy of Groundswell Public Strategies

 The Democratic Party of Missouri has a new chairman.

On Saturday the state party committee picked long-time political strategist Roy Temple to replace Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, who is stepping down after less than two years and says he may be interested in running for attorney general in 2016.

Even though Democrats have fared well as of late in state-wide elections, Republicans hold supermajorities in both the state House and Senate.

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Traffic
1:54 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

All Lanes Open On Blanchette Bridge

Good news if your commute takes you across the Blanchette Bridge, the $64 million rehabilitation effort has is almost completed and all east and west bound lanes are now open to traffic. 

Missouri Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Linda Wilson-Horn says crews are wrapping up road work two months ahead of schedule.

“It was a huge undertaking," Wilson-Horn says.  "To watch them completely remove the bridge and completely rebuild it in ten months was an amazing process.”

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream Speech Commemorated In Kiener Plaza

Byron Blackmon of Arkansas reenacts Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

A small crowd gathered at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The event was put together by the recently founded St. Louis Reconciliation Network, which has the mission of bridging racial divides through the collaboration of religious leaders.  

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Farmland Value
3:22 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Midwestern Farmland Values Continue To Rise

Credit (via Flickr/Dodo-Bird)

Even though farm income only saw a slight increase between the second quarters of 2012 and 2013, there continued to be a rapid rise in the value of farmland, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which surveyed agricultural banks in parts of seven Midwestern states, including Missouri and Illinois. 

Kevin Kliesen, business economist and research officer with the Fed in St. Louis, says there’s anecdotal reports that some of the money is coming from big, institutional, including foreign, investors.

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Other News
11:19 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Normandy Welcomes Students On First Day Of School Amid Optimism, Excitement, Financial Concerns

Parents and alumni waved signs in the Normandy High School parking lot, welcoming back students.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Parents and alumni waved signs in the Normandy High School parking lot, welcoming back students like sophomore Bryce Gales-Smith.

“You can’t walk away when it’s at its worst moment, got to help the school get back on its feet,” Gales-Smith says.  “Get back the accreditation.”

But parent, Marla Smith, worries the district might go broke under the weight of transportation and tuition costs.  

“I think our money should stay right here in our neighborhoods,” Gales-Smith says.

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Road Work
11:55 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Blanchette Bridge Work Could Be Completed As Soon As Next Week

Months of detours and lane closures on the Blanchette Bridge could be coming to an end as early as next week.

Starting Monday night, crews will close one east-bound lane between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. through the workweek. Crews will then close up to two eastbound lanes across the bridge over the weekend.

Barring an unforeseen delay, Missouri Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Linda Wilson-Horn says they hope have the things back to normal on Monday next week.

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Youth Employment
6:49 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Public Officials, Community Groups Celebrate Summer Jobs Program

Robbyn Wahby, deputy chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay, speaks during an event for the STL Youth Jobs program on Aug. 17, 2013.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Sharon Holbrooks is with the Monsanto Family YMCA branch in north St. Louis City and can remember when a young  woman showed up for her first day at work this summer.

“She was just all over the place, you know, just kind of wild and crazy,” Holbrooks says.  “You know, this is just not going to work.” 

That same young woman is now interviewing for a fulltime job at that same YMCA branch.

“She was just wonderful,” Holbrooks says.   “She’s actually doing some volunteer work for us, as well.”

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Politics
5:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Going To Court To Opt Out Of ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Coverage

Official state photo of Mo. State Rep. Paul Wieland.
Credit Missouri State House of Representatives

 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Missouri state representative is aimed at changing a mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that he says violates his religious rights.

Paul Wieland, a Republican House member from Imperial, says he and his wife are no longer able to opt out of coverage for “abortion-inducing drugs” under a group health care plan provided for legislators.

He says that option has been removed because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Immigration
2:54 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Vilsack Says Immigration Reform Critical For Agriculture

Credit (Veronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest’s role as a global leader in agriculture.

That’s the message from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Vilsack told St. Louis Public Radio today that moving forward with the immigration reform plan recently passed by the U.S. Senate is key to retaining international talent that comes to this country to study in the plant sciences.

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Transportation
6:56 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Ferguson Florissant Superintendent Says District May Add Transportation For Transfer Students

Credit bsabarnowl / Flickr

On Monday, the Ferguson Florissant School District will kick off its academic year and become home to the second most transfer students in the St. Louis region.  

Sitting between the two unaccredited districts in St. Louis County, Riverview Gardens and Normandy, more than 400 transfer students have been placed in the accredited Ferguson Florissant School District, according to the latest numbers released by the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis, which is coordinating school transfer process.

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