Adam Allington


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.


Other News
2:10 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

City Police Department Deploying Extra Resources To College Hill Neighborhood

Police Chief Sam Dotson addressing officers in the north city neighborhood of College HIll
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 12:45 Thursday, Feb. 7 with arrest numbers.

The St. Louis Police Department is deploying 80 extra officers and resources to north city’s College Hill neighborhood.

The area, which borders O’Fallon Park to the west and Interstate 70 to the north, has been the site of a number of shootings recently, including three murders.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the department is used to this kind of “hot-spot policing,” and says the tactic has been used to great effect in other parts of the city.

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Other News
5:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

St. Louis Police Department To Offer Training For 'Active Shooter' Scenarios

Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Police Department is planning free seminars for businesses and schools to receive training for an “active shooter” scenario.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says the recent spate of high-profile tragedies across the country underscores the need for more training.

Shortly after taking over as chief Dotson met with the representatives from public and private schools to begin the process.

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Anheuser-Busch InBev
4:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Anheuser-Busch InBev

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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The government alleges the company's plans to purchase  Mexican brewer, Grupo Modelo, would give AB-InBev monopoly power to set prices.

Bill Baer, DOJ's top anti-trust official said the removing Modelo as an aggressive competitor to Anheuser-Busch InBev would give the company too much leverage to drive up prices.

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Other News
4:13 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Rains Bring Relief To Drought-Weary Mississippi

Credit (via Flickr/roberthuffstutter)

Recent rains throughout the Midwest have drastically improved the drought situation on the Mississippi River.

Lieutenant Colin Fogarty is a spokesman for the United States Coast Guard.  He says the rain is good news for the barge and shipping industry.

“Over the last 24 hours we’ve seen a rise of 2 feet, over the next 72 hours we’re going to see a rise of an additional five feet,” says Fogarty.  “That’s going to bring us up to about a 4.5 foot gage at the St. Louis Harbor.”

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St. Louis on the Air / Coal Protest
11:37 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Miners Protest In St. Louis Over Effects Of Patriot Coal Bankruptcy

Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis. They are protesting a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Hundreds of miners from across the country protested outside of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy on Tuesday.

The miners are accusing Peabody of orchestrating a bankruptcy in order to skip out on pension and healthcare benefits owed to some 10,000 retirees and their dependents.

At the heart of the dispute is Patriot Coal Corp., which was created by Peabody as a stand-alone company in 2007.  In creating Patriot, Peabody also transferred a hefty chunk of Peabody’s outstanding pension obligations onto Patriot’s books.

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Craft Beer
5:05 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Belgian Beer Winning Hearts And Minds In St. Louis

Ommegang Abbey Ale
Credit Ommegang Brewery

Brewery Ommegang in upstate New York is famous for making a kind of dark, malty, Belgian beer, often with high alcohol content.

This style of beer has become increasingly popular among craft-beer makers—including local brands such as Schlafly, Urban Chestnut and Perennial.  

Phil Leinhart is Ommegang’s head brewmaster.  Leinhart is in St. Louis to provide a tasting of specialty beers this Saturday at Urban Chestnut’s second annual Wolpertinger Anniversary festival..

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4:47 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Fans Pay Last Respects To 'Stan The Man' Musial

Fans line up to pay respects to Stan Musial
Sean Sandefur St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 7:50 a.m with details about Stan Musial's funeral

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has released further details on Stan Musial's funeral, which will take place tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. 

The funeral is to be held at the Cathedral Basillica of St. Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and long time friend of the Musial family, will join Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, in presiding over the Mass. 

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3:37 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

AB-InBev Rolls Out New "Black Crown" Budweiser

Budweiser Black Crwon
Credit Anheuser-Busch InBev

Budweiser Black Crown, the latest of Anheuser-Busch's higher-alcohol beers, will hit shelves across the country on Monday.  The beer has been sold in St. Louis for several weeks now.

The new recipe is the result of a challenge, called “Project 12” among the company’s 12 brewmasters.

The new take on classic Bud features a stronger hop flavor and higher alcohol content, about 6 percent.

Benj Steinman, editor of Beer Marketer’s Insights says the move comes as mass-market brands face increasing pressure from craft beer, wine and spirits.

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12:45 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

St. Louis Area Police Release 2012 Crime Statistics

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

The City of St. Louis released its annual crime statistics on Wednesday.

The numbers show a 12.4 percent decrease in so-called “Part One” crimes, such as murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts.

The total number of murders committed in 2012 was 113 (the same as the previous year)

2013 will also be the first year for a new definition of rape, which has been broadened to include victims of same-sex assault.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says the new definition will create a more accurate picture of sex crimes in our city.

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2:49 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Charges Filed Related To Stevens Institute Of Business & Arts Shooting

Sean Johnson, pictured here in this 2012 mug shot, has been charged in relation to the shooting that occurred at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts on Jan. 15.
(St. Louis County Police Department)

Updated at 3:35 p.m. on 1/16/13

The St. Louis circuit attorneys's office has identified the shooter at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts as 34-year-old Sean Johnson, a male from the city of St. Louis. He faces three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the shooting of Greg Elsenrath, the financial aid director at the school. The charges are:

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