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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Missouri High-Speed Rail
4:31 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (R) and Missouri Department of Transportation Director Kevin Keith inspect tracks outside of the Kirkwood Amtrak Station in Kirkwood, Mo. on March 29, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri is one of a handful of states applying for some $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects that Florida rejected last month.

Governor Jay Nixon was in Kirkwood today to announce Missouri's application for nearly $1 billion in new funding.

In recent months, rail projects have  become politicized with many GOP lawmakers calling for states to refuse the funds.

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Korean Trade Pact
4:36 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

U.S. agriculture secretary visits St. Louis to champion Korean trade pact

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack bids farwell to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) in St. Louis on March 28, 2011, after encouraging an audience of agriculture leaders from Missouri to focus on trade opportunities outside of their borders.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri farmers stand to benefit under a free-trade pact currently before Congress.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in St. Louis today to urge Congress to pass the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

He said Missouri exports large amounts of pork and soybeans, products that have a ready market in South Korea.

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On Marketplace Morning Report
11:09 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Lower gas taxes lure drivers to Mo.

(via Flickr/futureatlas.com)

With lower state taxes on gasoline, among others, Missouri is easily undercutting its border mate, Illinois, when it comes to the price to fill up.

One of the cardinal rules about interstate travel through the Midwest: "gas up before you hit Illinois." Illinois levies a hefty 42 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, among the highest gas taxes in the country.

Check out more of this feature on the Missouri-Illinois border wars for cheap gasoline by our own Adam Allington. It aired on Marketplace Morning Report earlier today.

Claire McCaskill
5:32 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Republicans call on McCaskill to release tax records for airplane

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011 as she outlined her quality of care survey for VA hospitals. The Missouri Republican Party has asked McCaskill to release tax records associated with her controversial personal airplane.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Republicans are attacking Senator Claire McCaskill for failing to own up to her own rhetoric about openness and accountability.

The state Republican Party is calling on McCaskill to release tax records associated with a controversial airplane at the center of a tax and accounting scandal.

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Claire McCaskill
4:50 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

McCaskill admits failure to pay taxes on personal plane

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill admitted today that she has failed to pay up approximately $287,000 in back taxes on a personal airplane.

Problems with McCaskill's plane surfaced several weeks ago amid reports that her office improperly billed the government for travel to a political event.

McCaskill took responsibility for that mistake, but she admits that the perception of dodging taxes could hurt her chances for re-election in 2012.

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The Death of Francis R. Slay
5:15 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Francis R. Slay, "icon" of St. Louis city politics and father of current St. Louis Mayor, dies at 83

Francis R. Slay, (R) former long-term committeeman shown with son St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, in this 2005 file photo, has died in St. Louis at the age of 83 on March 16, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Francis R. Slay, father to St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay has passed away at age 83. He was suffering from a heart illness.

The elder Slay was deeply involved in St. Louis City politics.

He served as a State Representative during the 1960's, was a 23rd Ward Committeeman for 45 years and served as the city's Recorder of Deeds.

Former Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury said Slay's reputation was one of integrity and respect.

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St. Louis Fire Department
5:15 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

City of St. Louis to lay off 30 firefighters

Firefighters from International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 73 examine proposed changes to their contracts.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis firefighters union lashed out at city hall today after the mayor announced the layoffs of 30 firefighters.

The mayor's office claims that firefighter pension payments are doubling to nearly $11 million in just two years and risk bankrupting city government.

Chris Molitor is the President of Firefighters Local 73.  Among other things, he accused the mayor of refusing to negotiate in good faith.

"When I woke up this morning, I had to see if I was living in Wisconsin or St. Louis, Missouri…this is wrong," Molitor said.

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Red Light Cameras
5:08 pm
Mon March 14, 2011

New media campaign supporting red light cameras begins

Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf (center) speaks at a press conference about red light cameras today.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A new media campaign in support of red light cameras rolls out across Missouri today.

The advertisements are sponsored by a group calling itself the "National Coalition for Safer Roads."

David Kelly is the executive director.  He says there is a false impression that a majority of Missourians are opposed to red light cameras.

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Christine Miller
2:52 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Former Sunset Hills police officer Miller sentenced to 8 years in prison for DUI crash

Christine Miller after she was arrested in 2009.
(St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office)

Updated at 5:00 p.m. March 10, 2011 with additional comments.

Former Sunset Hills police officer Christine Miller received her sentence today for the 2009 drunk driving accident that killed four people.

Miller was sentenced today after pleading guilty to all five counts against her in December 2010. She faced 4 counts for involuntary manslaughter and 1 for second-degree assault.

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Police Standoff in South City
8:36 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Marshal dies following shooting in south St. Louis

This undated handout from the U.S. Marshals Service shows Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, who died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from gunshot wounds received while serving an arrest warrant on a residence in St. Louis, Mo.
(Official U.S. Marshals Photograph)

Will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated 3:45 p.m. March 10, 2011:

From the U.S. Marshals Service:

"A funeral service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton will attend."

From a U.S. Marshals Service press release: (updated at midnight to correct spelling of injured marshal's name)

- Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, 48, died at St. Louis University Hospital around 7 p.m. Tuesday from a gunshot wound to the head. Perry had been with the Marshals for 10 years.

- The name of the second injured Marshal has also been released. Deputy U.S. Marshal Theodore Abegg, 31, has been with the marshals for three years. He suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.

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