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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Ameren / Coal Ash
5:26 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Ameren fields shareholder questions on impact of coal ash

Ameren’s 2,400-megawatt plant near Labadie, Mo. is the state’s largest coal-fired power plant. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)
(Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Officials at Ameren took questions from shareholders about the utility company's procedures for disposing of coal ash today.

The annual shareholder's meeting was open to all Ameren investors.

Diana Oleskevich works for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  The sisters are part of a group of five institutional investors calling on Ameren to clean up their coal ash disposal procedures.

Oleskevich says Ameren's claim that its 35 coal ash storage ponds comply with current regulations does not satisfy her concerns.

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St. Louis Police Department
4:52 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

St. Louis police chief Isom in running for Chicago job

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom has confirmed that he is being considered for a job as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.

Isom confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today that his name has been recommended to incoming Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

When asked whether he would take the job if offered, Isom said he would "listen to the conversation," but that he preferred to stay in St. Louis.  

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Other News
2:59 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Bike commuters have a new home in downtown St. Louis

Bike racks at downtown commuter station
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis has taken steps to become friendlier for bike commuters.

The new downtown St. Louis Bike Station opens on Thursday.  The project was funded through a $180,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

The project is currently administered through the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis but will eventually be handed off to Trailnet.

Maggie Campbell is the President of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  She says the site will offer a full range of services for bike commuters.

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Beating arrest
9:00 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Suspect arrested in beating death of immigrant

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

Updated at 6:01 p.m. April 20, 2011:

Police have arrested Elex Murphy of North St. Louis and are holding him without bond.

A police investigation revealed the attack was part of a game which involves unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders.

An investigation to identify other suspects is ongoing.

Original Story:

St. Louis police say they have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the beating death of a 72-year-old Vietnamese immigrant and the assault of the 59-year-old wife.

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St. Louis Public Radio at Grand Center
4:52 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

St. Louis Public Radio breaks ground on new facility

St. Louis Public Radio and the University of Missouri-St. Louis broke ground on a new midtown facility at Grand Center today.

The new St. Louis Public Radio is being built on a parking lot currently being used by the Fox Theater.

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St. Louis Zoo
4:34 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Elephant at St. Louis Zoo tests positive for tuberculosis

Donna, the 40-year-old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, has tested positive for tuberculosis.
(St. Louis Zoo)

A 40-year old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo named "Donna" has tested positive for tuberculosis, but is expected to be just fine.

Donna the Elephant came to the St. Louis zoo as a 3-year old juvenile in 1971.

All elephants get complete medical evaluation each year including blood collection, vaccinations and trunk cultures to look for tuberculosis.

Randy Junge, the Zoo's Director of Animal Health said the 40-year-old pachyderm will live off-display for the next year, but won't be quarantined.

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Traffic Delays this Weekend
2:49 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Downtown St. Louis motorists will see traffic delays this weekend

(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

Motorists traveling around downtown St. Louis will see traffic backups and delays this weekend as the Missouri Department of Transportation is packing a laundry list of repairs into one, two-day stretch.

MoDOT is making a variety of lane and ramp repairs starting at Grand Boulevard and stretching to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The repairs come during the same weekend that 25,000 runners will be coming downtown for the GO! St. Louis Marathon.

Diana Venker is the area engineer for MoDOT.

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On Marketplace Morning Report
10:43 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Job growth has been increasing faster for men than women

(via Flickr/Seabamirum)

The "Mancession" of 2009 is finally giving way to a "Mancovery." But the jobs picture for women is going in the opposite direction.

Check out this feature about gender asymmetry in the jobs "recovery" from our own Adam Allington. It aired on Marketplace Morning Report today.

Federal Government Shutdown
5:48 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Blunt, McCaskill sound-off on possible government shutdown

Missouri's U.S. senators, Republican Roy Blunt (L) and Democrat Claire McCaskill.
(UPI/St. Louis Public Radio)

Congressional budget talks appear headed in a positive direction today, but conservative spending cuts remain obstacles as Congress seeks to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt continued to heap blame on Democrats for not passing a budget last year.

"They could have resolved them any way they wanted to last year,” Blunt said. “So their negotiating position is dramatically impacted by their unwillingness to deal with these issues when they were totally in control of everything."

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Cardinals Opening Day
4:52 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Some fans "nervous," others "feeling positive" about Cardinals' outlook on Opening Day

Fans celebrated Opening Day for the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter took the mound earlier today against the San Diego Padres for Opening Day of the Cardinals' season.

Chris Novak from Maryland Heights is attending his ninth-straight opening day.

Like many Redbirds fans, Novak says he's hoping the Cardinals find a way to re-sign their MVP first-baseman Albert Pujols when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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