Rachel Lippmann

Lippmann returned to her native St. Louis after spending two years covering state government in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and followed (though not directly) in Maria Altman's footsteps in Springfield, also earning her graduate degree in public affairs reporting. She's also done reporting stints in Detroit, Michigan and Austin, Texas. Rachel likes to fill her free time with good books, good friends, good food, and good baseball.

8:27 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Despite State Law, Police Departments In Missouri Still Struggle With Bias In Policing

Rich Anderson (left) with one of his Speed Factory Athletics runners at a 2013 competition

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:23 pm

Since 2000, police departments in the state of Missouri have been required by law to report information about their traffic stops – including the race of the person pulled over. 

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8:35 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Charge Darren Wilson In The Death Of Michael Brown

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announces that the grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson on any of five counts that were presented to it.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 4:04 pm

A grand jury in St. Louis County has decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a crime for the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old black man.

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2:55 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:03 pm

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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8:48 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Fatal Shooting By Off-Duty St. Louis Police Officer Sets Off Protest In Shaw Neighborhood

A crowd gathers at Klemm Street and Shaw Boulevard at the scene of the fatal shooting Wednesday night.

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 8:45 pm

Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional information.

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer working a second job with a private security company shot and killed a young black man, 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers Jr. The incident happened in the Shaw neighborhood in south St. Louis Wednesday night and drew a tense crowd that shouted at police and beat on their cruisers.

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8:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Judge Rules Against Police Enforcing 'Five-Second Rule' In Ferguson

Protesters in Ferguson on Aug. 15, just days before the 'five-second rule' took effect.

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 10:10 pm

A federal judge in St. Louis has ruled that police in Ferguson cannot enforce what became known as the "five-second rule."  

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12:36 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Holder: Visit To Ferguson Influenced Decision To Launch Probe Of Ferguson Police

Attorney General Eric Holder in Ferguson.

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:59 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that his conversations with residents of Ferguson during his visit two weeks ago influenced his decision to investigate the city’s police department.

Holder says he heard directly from residents and listening sessions “about the deep mistrust that has taken hold between law enforcement officials and members of the community. ... People consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents, from general policing practices, and from the lack of diversity on Ferguson’s police force.”

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7:33 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Police Credit Hard Work For Third Straight Night Of Calm In Ferguson

Roses have been added to the memorial for Michael Brown on Canfield Drive.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:16 am

Thursday brought another night of calm to the streets of Ferguson.

One group that numbered about 100 at its peak marched up and down West Florissant Avenue, adding drumbeats to familiar protest chants. But many others just mingled on the sidewalk without any interference from police.

"It's very peaceful tonight," said Evelyn Wellington, who was among the watchers. "The police aren't bothering anybody, nobody's bothering the police, they're allowing us to rally. I love this."

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Michael Brown Shooting
11:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

On Fifth Night of Protests, Calm Settles Over Ferguson

Mo. State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson joins a march of youth and pastors to a looted QuikTrip in Ferguson on August 14, 2014.

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 4:49 pm

The sound of honking horns became a symbol Thursday night along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

It was the first night since Saturday -- the day Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer -- that traffic had been allowed to move freely along one of the main commercial strips in Ferguson. There was no line of police in riot gear and armored vehicles facing off against a crowd. The few officers spotted were in regular uniforms. The atmosphere felt more like a party than a protest.

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7:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Peaceful Protest Against Police Brutality Turns Into Night Of Violence

A memorial at the site where Michael Brown was shot on August 9th.

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:42 pm

Updated at 7 a.m. Monday
The situation in Ferguson has settled down following a night of destruction.
There is no more systematic looting, but small groups are still casing stores, according to St.
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9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized

via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 4:51 pm

Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.

Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.

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10:22 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Advice For Consumers After The Christmas Holiday

The Better Business Bureau of St. Louis is reminding shoppers to be just as cautious after Christmas as before.

The organization's vice president of communications, Chris Thetford, says if you’re shopping in person, make sure you always know the location of your credit or debit card. Online, he says, make sure to use a secure site.

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3:37 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Same-Sex Partner Of Missouri State Trooper Ruled Ineligible For Survivor Benefits

Kelly Glossip and his partner, Trooper Dennis Englehard, on the day Englehard graduated from the state police academy in 2000.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Glossip

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:54 am

Updated at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday to correct Judge Teitelman's first name.

Updated with comments from the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a gay man whose longtime partner, a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty, is not eligible for the trooper's survivor benefits because the two were never married.

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10:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

After Conservation Efforts, Elk Herd Thriving In Missouri

Some 100 elk are living in southeast Missouri after an effort to restore the species to the state.
David Stonner Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri conservation officials say they are pleased with the way a three-year effort to restore elk to the southeastern part of the state is going.

The last group of elk arrived at the Peck Ranch conservation area this spring, bringing the total to around 100 animals.

Department of Conservation resource scientist Lonnie Hansen says the state will start controlling the population when it reaches about 400 elk.

Until then, the focus is on keeping the animals healthy.

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9:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Nixon Signs Bill Blocking Scanning Of Documents For Driver's Licenses

Perhaps in an effort to put an end to an ongoing political battle over the practice, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation blocking the state Department of Revenue from scanning and storing documents required to get a driver's license.

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8:21 am
Tue June 18, 2013

UMWA Workers Continue Protests Against Peabody Coal

More than 1,000 United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Coal and its handling of their retirement and health care benefits.

St. Louis-based Peabody Coal spun off Patriot in 2007, and made it financially responsible for most retiree benefits. The rally is the first since a bankruptcy judge ruled last month that Patriot can impose sharp cuts in those benefits to get the company profitable again.

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9:28 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Nixon Wants More Money For Education

Courtesy of governor.mo.gov

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his budget for next year will expand funding for education for students of all ages.

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Business & Tech
4:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Union Numbers Drop In Missouri

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released union membership numbers today. The percentage of Missouri workers who are members of a union dropped to less than nine percent in 2012, following two years of slight gains.

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9:16 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Nixon Pushes For Open Records Exemptions

jimmywayne Flickr

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is using his bully pulpit to push for the reinstatement of some exemptions to Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

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10:28 am
Fri December 7, 2012

University of Missouri Proposes 2% Tuition Increase

Columns in front of Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Students on the four campuses of the University of Missouri system are facing another two percent increase in tuition next year. The proposed increase part of the preliminary budget presented to the Board of Curators and is similar to those of each of the last five years.   

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Election 2012
8:55 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Nixon Re-Elected, Defeats Spence

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, left, defeated Dave Spence, right, in the Mo. governor's race Tuesday.
Nixon: via Missouri Governor’s website, Spence: courtesy Alpha Packaging

In a state that went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney, Democrat Jay Nixon was re-elected to a second term as governor of Missouri. 

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2:08 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D.

Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
Chris Auckley Courtesy of Chris Auckley

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:30 am

Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.

Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.

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1:28 pm
Wed December 23, 2009

Missouri Senators Split on Health Care

St. Louis, MO – Missouri's two Senators see completely different outcomes from the health care overhaul bill set to pass the Senate on Thursday.

"Compromise is not evil," said Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, calling the measure a great deal for taxpayers. She's tired of the misinformation being spread about the legislation.

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2:17 am
Tue October 28, 2008

AG Race In Missouri

St. Louis, MO – The political spotlight in Missouri has focused mostly on a close presidential race and a contentious battle for the governor's office.

The attorney general's race has been keeping a lower profile. But it's the first contest for that office in 16 years that doesn't include Democrat Jay Nixon, who's running for governor against Republican Kenny Hulshof. And the attorney general candidates are two former legislators who once sat on the same side of the aisle in Jefferson City.

KWMU's Rachel Lippmann reports.

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