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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Business
5:26 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

'Arch Tax' Approved By St. Louis Board Of Aldermen

Credit AP

A tax to generate funds to improve the Gateway Arch, as well regional parks and trails took a step forward in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday.

The so-called “Arch Tax” creates a 3/16th cent sales tax.  If approved by voters in St. Louis City and County the tax would raise $120 million for the Arch grounds.

It would also raise about $600 million for city and county parks as well as the Great Rivers Greenway park and trail district.

The bill passed overwhelmingly with 24 in favor, 3 against and 1 “present” vote.

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Other News
5:01 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

USS Inaugural To Finally Emerge From Her Watery Grave

View of USS Inaugural from the riverbank
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The wreckage of the USS Inaugural is set to finally be cut up and hauled away after nearly 20 years of being stuck on the bottom of the Mississippi River, south of downtown St. Louis.

Low water on the river has left the World War II Minesweeper nearly high and dry for the first time since it was ripped from its mooring during the 1993 flood.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Audit Finds Red Flags At St. Louis County Children's Fund

Seal of St. Louis County

An internal audit of an organization providing children’s services in St. Louis County has turned up a list of serious problems.

The audit of the $81 million St. Louis County Children's Service Fund details questionable relationships between the fund’s former director and some of its consultants.

The fund’s former Director Kate Tansey abruptly left the job last October. 

The audit also details issues such as misuse of purchasing cards by several employees.

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Other News
4:04 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Ground Broken On New Boone Bridge

The selected design for the new I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River bridge
Credit MODOT

Ground was broken Thursday on the new Daniel Boone Bridge just west of Chesterfield.

The $111 million project will replace a 75-year-old span over the Missouri River and link St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the bridge is the final project to make I-64 a true, interstate-quality, highway.

“We’re thrilled today to start on the project,” Hassinger says. “The design is about 90 percent complete and you’re going to see people starting work on the ground this month. The plan is that we’ll have the new bridge open in 2014.”

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Arts & Culture
4:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Pokey LaFarge Has Breakout Year In 2012

Pokey LaFarge
Courtesy Pokeylafarge.net

It seems like such a short time ago that you could run into Pokey LaFarge, aka Andrew Heissler, all over St. Louis, playing at the Tower Grove Farmers Market, or Off Broadway.

But, as with most good things, they can’t remain a secret forever, and 2012, was a big year for Pokey LaFarge. Our Adam Allington has more as part of our 'A Good Year 2012' series.

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Economy
6:57 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Mississippi Levels Drop, Barge Traffic Could Halt Mid-January

via Flickr/TeamSaintLouis (Army Corps of Engineers)

Updated 3:13 p.m. Dec. 28

The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt by mid-January.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports ice on the northern section of the Mississippi is reducing flow more than expected.

Despite that fact, the Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open.

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Cold weather help
6:38 am
Wed December 26, 2012

United Way Offers Services For Cold Weather

Credit Flickr/AMagill

With the cold weather moving through the St. Louis area, the United Way of St. Louis is urging people to take advantage of its free help line.

United Way spokeswoman Carrie Zukoski  says people in need of temporary shelter from the cold, a warm meal, or even a place to stay should call 2-1-1 for help.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Archibald Steps Down From History Museum, Receives Large Payout Of Cash

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

While Robert Archibald is stepping down as president of the Missouri History Museum, he will be getting a financial payout of close to a million dollars.

The museum’s board of trustees accepted Archibald’s resignation on Friday.

Despite the circumstances of his departure, Archibald himself will still be receiving a payout of $566,000 for unused vacation, plus $270,000 for a six-month consult contract.  All told, $836,000, as he walks out the door.

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Arts
5:41 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Carondelet Neighborhood Sees Potential In Public Art

EYEZ OPEN on Broadway
via YouTube video by Peat Wollaeger

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Economy
4:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

In Wake Of Newtown Massacre, Missouri Gun Sales Skyrocket

The AR-15 rifle is made by several weapons companies
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 1:56 p.m. Dec. 20 with information about background  checks in Illinois

It’s perhaps counter intuitive, but when acts of violence shake the nation, sales of guns go up. The same is happening with the sales of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.

Under normal circumstances you might be confuse the rush of customers at Mid America Arms in South St. Louis, as Christmas shoppers, but not so this year.

“It’s been one of our best days in 13 years but…not for the right reasons,” says owner Mark Campbell.

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