Stephanie Lecci

Stephanie joined WUWM in September 2008 as the Coordinating Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

Stephanie began her career as an editorial assistant at her hometown newspaper, The Oyster Bay Guardian, on Long Island, NY. She fell in love with radio while working in the news department of Northwestern Universityâ» Contact Lake Effect

As of August, homicides in St. Louis are up 60 percent compared with last year, according to recently released statistics from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

The U.S. will be monitoring the situation as thousands of Haitians leave or are deported from the neighboring Dominican Republic as it cracks down on migrants, according to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

Several Illinois Democratic lawmakers again called on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to break an impasse and compromise on a budget plan that doesn't hurt the middle class, all before a July 1 deadline.

They’re ba-a-ack. Those noisy cicadas with their bright red eyes and dark bodies soon will emerge again in Missouri and Illinois after years underground, poking holes in the soil starting in mid-May.


(Updated at 6:40 p.m., Fri., Nov. 14)

St. Louis was not selected on Friday as a host city for any future NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four competition between 2017 and 2021.

Instead, the NCAA announced that competitors Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Indianapolis will host, in that order.

Crime victim advocates are encouraging Illinois voters to approve a proposed Constitutional amendment aimed at protecting victims' rights. But not everyone thinks an amendment is needed.

Stephanie Lecci / St. Louis Public Radio

More than four thousand people attended the funeral of 18-year-old police shooting victim Michael Brown in St. Louis Monday. Illinois Public Radio's Stephanie Lecci reports.

Upbeat spiritual music filled Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church as Michael Brown's funeral began. 

After days of protests over his killing by a Ferguson police office, Michael Brown Jr. will be laid to rest Monday. IPR's Stephanie Lecci has more.

The day before his funeral, Michael Brown's alma mater Normandy High School flew flags at half-mast.

Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay says the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown needs to happen faster. 

Several Missouri lawmakers are calling for a review of programs that allow surplus military equipment to go to local police departments.  The scrutiny comes in the wake of a heavily armed police presence during protests in Ferguson.

Tear gas, gunshots and chaos engulfed a mile-long swath of Ferguson Sunday night as police and demonstrators engaged in a rolling confrontation that lasted for more than three hours. Early Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to restore "peace and order to this community."

Police said two or three people were shot by other demonstrators in the street. Seven or eight were arrested for failure to disperse.

In a statement released  shortly before 2 a.m., Nixon said:

The parking lot of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis., is filled with dozens of costumed kids hungry for candy at an early Halloween event.

But the princesses and Iron Men aren't yelling "trick or treat." Instead, it's "trunk or treat" — and that's because these kids, rather than going door to door, are going from car trunk to car trunk. Each car is decorated with a theme.

Pastor Jason Reed says his church likes to focus on the fun — rather than freaky — parts of Halloween.