Adam Allington

Reporter

Adam grew up on a cherry farm in northern Michigan.  He holds a BA in economics from Kalamazoo College.  Adam's radio career began in 2003 at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. He went on to cut his teeth filing stories for Maine Public Radio. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in 2006, Adam was was an international journalism fellow at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany.  He has regularly filed features for various shows and networks including NPR, PRI, Marketplace and the BBC. He received a  Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.

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Economy
6:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes

Vitis Rupestris (Sand Grape) Vitis Riparia (Rock Grape)
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

Ever since the mid-1800s roots from Missouri grapes have been grafted on to European varieties, because of their natural resistance to certain pests.

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Youth Crime
9:40 am
Mon May 13, 2013

St. Louis Summer Jobs Program Targets Youth Crime

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking the business community to step up to help fight crime in the city.

Slay says finding jobs for at-risk teens is the best way to keep them out of trouble.

The goal is to create 500, 8-week summer jobs for young people ages 16 to 23 in two pilot areas in North and South St. Louis.

The test neighborhoods in question have high populations of young people who face significant academic and social challenges.

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Politics
8:52 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Slay Says STL-TV Is Luxury City Can't Afford

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will resume discussions next week of the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The budget presented to the board by Mayor Francis Slay totals $985 million.

Among the cuts to the budget that Slay is proposing includes essentially eliminating the city’s cable TV channel, known as STL-TV.

The cut was rejected by the board of estimate and apportionment, but Slay says he remains confident that the Board of Aldermen will see that STL-TV is a luxury the city can’t afford.

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Other News
4:52 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Runaway Barges Cause Oil Spill

After a week of flooding, the Mississippi is on the rise again
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Coast Guard is assessing the environmental impact of roughly 300 gallons of crude oil it says spilled into the Mississippi River after more than a dozen barges briefly broke free near Alton, Ill.

The Coast Guard says a vessel hit an area where barges are docked on the river about 1 a.m. this morning, causing 14 to break away from their moorings. Those barges then hit another barge loading crude oil, which caused the spill of about seven barrels (300gallons) worth of oil.

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Other News
5:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Relationship Between SLU Faculty, President Biondi Shows No Signs Of Improvement

Faculty and student protestors outside of Father Biondi's campus residence
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

The relationship between faculty and administration at St. Louis University is showing no signs of improvement, and that's putting it mildly.

In what has become a common occurrence on campus, faculty and students took to the streets in protest on Wednesday.  This most recent uproar came after a scheduled meeting between the faculty Senate, Biondi and Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Brouster was cancelled.

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Urban Development
4:42 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Land Lab Aims To Find New Use for Vacant Lots

Future site of the chess "pocket park."
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

If you live in any big city in the Midwest, and St. Louis in particular, you’re probably all too familiar with the site of vacant, empty land where homes and businesses used to be. 

This issue of vacant land in an otherwise urban environment presents tough challenges for cities.  This weekend ground will be broken on several projects which aim to change the way neighborhoods and cities deal with vacant property.

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Business
3:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

St. Louis City, County Offering New Services For Startups

St. Louis County Executive and STL VentureWorks Travis Sheridan and Elizabeth Noonan unveil the business incubator's new sign
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis City and County have announced a new division to aid business startups and entrepreneurs.

Called “STL VentureWorks," the project is an extension of the recently-formed St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley says STL VentureWorks’ five locations will help connect startups to capital funding sources, as well as provide mentoring and training opportunities.

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Business
11:13 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Monsanto Announces $400M Expansion In Chesterfield

Outside Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

Agribusiness giant Monsanto has announced a $400 million expansion at its suburban Chesterfield research center.

The company plans to add 36 new greenhouses, plus additional "plant growth chambers," offices and laboratory space at the Chesterfield Village Research Center, on the former Pfizer campus.  According to Monsanto the project will add as many as 675 jobs over the next three years

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on hand to announce the expansion at Chicago’s International Bio Convention.

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Other News
9:55 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Gov. Nixon Inspects Flood Operations In Eastern Missouri

MO Governor Jay Nixon speaking with National Guard troops in Clarksville, MO
Credit Adam Allington

Torrential rains which drenched the Midwest earlier in the week are causing major flooding on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and was on site to inspect flood damage on Saturday.

Nixon conducted an aerial inspection of the region northwest of St. Louis from St. Charles up to Louisiana, MO.  Nixon also paid a visit to the riverside community of Clarksville, where a sandbag levee is the only thing protecting the downtown business district.

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Business
2:55 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Dept. Of Justice Signs Off On Anheuser-Busch InBev Purchase Of Grupo Modelo

Anheuser-Busch InBev will now be able to market Corona abroad
Credit Anheuser-Busch InBev

The Department of Justice announced on Friday that it has reached an official settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo.  The deal will allow AB InBev to proceed with its $20 billion purchase of the Mexican brewer.

AB InBev, has been trying to complete a buyout of Modelo, maker of the popular Corona brand, since last June.

The Department of Justice sued to block the purchase out of concerns the deal would put too much price control in the hands of two companies, AB InBev and MillerCoors. 

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