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.

St. Louis' first black prosecutor, Kim Gardner, has sued the city, its police union and five others for what she calls a racist effort to block her reform agenda.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday threw its support behind an effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis.

A resolution making it clear that the board will work to pass the needed special taxing districts was approved by a 26-2 margin. One alderman was absent.

The board would also be asked to give the ownership group a partial break on the city’s amusement tax. The rest of that tax would be set aside in a fund to cover the costs of renovations and repairs at the proposed stadium west of Union Station.

Updated Feb. 12 with comments from Mayor James Knowles III. -- The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, alleging widespread constitutional violations in its police department and municipal courts.

The suit came less than 24 hours after the Ferguson City Council voted to attach conditions to a consent decree that would have eliminated the need for a lawsuit.

Ferguson's decision raised a number of questions about what comes next. We tackled a few of them here.

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