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.


NPR Story
6:40 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Ferguson working group recommends big structural changes to municipal courts

Arch City Defenders executive director Thomas Harvey at a Ferguson Commission meeting. Harvey is a member of the commission's group on municipal court reform

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 11:16 pm

A working group studying how to improve municipal courts in St. Louis is specifically recommending that the state Supreme Court force those courts to consolidate.

It was one of several recommendations finalized Tuesday by the Ferguson Commission's working group on municipal courts and governance. Members of the group considered consolidation at the request of Rich McClure, a co-chair of the Ferguson Commission.

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State News
4:59 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Looking at laws that might apply if Cards hacked Astros

A rainy day at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 10:02 pm

(Updated 2:00 p.m. Wednesday with further statements from the St. Louis Cardinals.)

In a statement released Wednesday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. strongly condemned the alleged hacking.

"These are serious allegations that don’t reflect who we are as an organization,” DeWitt said.   "We are committed to getting to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible, and if anyone within our organization is determined to be involved in anything inappropriate, they will be held accountable."

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NPR Story
6:22 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Ferguson Commission will measure recommendations by three questions on racial equality

The Rev. Starsky Wilson.

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:18 pm

The Ferguson Commission agreed Monday night by a unanimous vote to adopt a new operating principle that requires its working groups to use a lens of racial equality as they consider their recommendations for the September report. 

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NPR Story
6:29 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Brown's parents will sue Ferguson over son's death

Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, listens Thursday as attorney Daryl Parks announces the family's intent to sue former police officer Darren Wilson and the city of Ferguson for her son's death.

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:12 am

Updated as of 10:30 pm., April 22, 2015:

The family of Michael Brown will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Ferguson on Thursday, according to a news  release sent Wednesday night.

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NPR Story
6:56 am
Fri March 20, 2015

On first night in Ferguson, Judge Richter sets new fines, fees

Appeals Court judge Roy Richter was on the bench in Ferguson for the first time on March 19. Video screens were set up in another building to accommodate those who wanted to watch the court but did not have cases.

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:13 pm

The appeals court judge now hearing municipal cases in Ferguson has limited the amount of fines and fees the city can collect from defendants facing traffic, animal control or housing ordinance violations.

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NPR Story
6:15 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Two police officers wounded outside Ferguson Police Department

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar pointing to where a bullet entered an officer's face
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 11:14 pm

For the latest updates on this developing story, see our live blog.

Two St. Louis-area police officers monitoring protesters at the Ferguson police department were shot shortly after midnight. While the injuries were termed serious, both officers were released from the hospital later in the morning.

Looking toward Thursday night, when at least one group has called for a candlelight vigil at the department, law enforcement officials announced that the County Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol would take over security around the headquarters on South Florissant Road.

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NPR Story
6:13 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Ferguson judge resigns, Missouri Supreme Court orders cases assigned to Appellate Judge Richter

Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 4:43 pm

Ronald Brockmeyer, the municipal judge in Ferguson, has resigned less than a week after a scathing federal report called his court little more than an ATM for the city. And the Missouri Supreme Court has ordered all Ferguson municipal court cases transferred to Judge Roy L. Richter of the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri.

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State News
5:48 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Parents of Michael Brown plan to sue city of Ferguson

Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Mike Brown in August, but he may still end up in a courtroom over the incident.  

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State News
5:43 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Public Release Of Evidence Provides Some Clarity In Michael Brown Shooting

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announces that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for the death of Michael Brown

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:43 pm

After St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday that a grand jury had decided not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a crime in the August death of Michael Brown, he carried out his promise to release thousands of pages of grand jury testimony and evidence.  

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State News
5:49 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Leaders Respond To Grand Jury's Non-Indictment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks Monday at a news conference before the grand jury announcement.

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:18 pm

Within minutes after St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that the grand jury did not recommend that Darren Wilson face indictment for the shooting death of Michael Brown, reactions from area politicians came quickly. 

Before and after the grand jury’s decision was made public, area officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.

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