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
3:10 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Illinois Leaders Meet In Alton To Discuss Mississippi Drought

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, in Alton, Ill.
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Illinois politicians and business leaders met in Alton on Monday to discuss ongoing efforts to keep shipping open on the drought-stricken Mississippi River.

The meeting coincides with work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove rock formations from the riverbed just south of Cape Girardeau.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin called the drought situation “a historic challenge," saying that additional measures may have to be taken to keep commerce functioning.

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Other News
12:15 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Embattled SLU Vice President Steps Down

Protestors march during SLU's board of trustees meeting
Credit Kristen Miano, St. Louis University

Dr. Manoj Patankar, the embattled vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis University stepped down on Saturday.

Patankar’s tenure as vice president was marked by a groundswell of criticism. It was Patankar’s controversial changes to the university’s tenure structure that prompted a severe backlash from faculty.

The criticism soon grew to encompass University President, Father Lawrence Biondi, who stood by Patankar despite no confidence votes by faculty in both himself and Patanker.

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Mississippi River
4:59 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

National Weather Service Forecast Calling For Ongoing Problems With River

Mississippi River Basin
Credit (via NASA/Goddard Conceptual Image Lab)

An updated Mississippi River forecast is predicting that  low-water levels will likely linger throughout the winter.  The forecast exacerbates concerns that shipping may be impacted along a key stretch near St. Louis.

The latest outlook by National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs shows that without significant rain, the river at St. Louis will likely fall to dangerously low levels by the end of December

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Mississippi River
11:03 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Corps Of Engineers Decides Against Releasing More Water For Mississippi

(via Flickr/The Confluence)

A top Army Corps of Engineers official says she believes the low Mississippi River will remain open to shipping, partly justifying the agency's decision to not release more water from the Missouri River into the Mississippi.

Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a Thursday letter obtained by The Associated Press, tells lawmakers from Mississippi River states that the agency won't be scaling back the amount of Missouri River water it began withholding last month from the Mississippi.

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Business
6:06 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Upstream States Lay Claim To Water Bound For Mississippi

Credit Kelly Martin / Via Wikimedia Commons

Lawmakers in states up upstream on the Missouri River are bracing for a fight if any action is taken to reopen dams on the Missouri River.

Northern states say their need for water is just as important as moving barges on the Mississippi River.

So far the President is staying out of the water war between states in the Mississippi River watershed, which includes the Missouri River.

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Shipping
2:57 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Water Fight: Drought, Farming, Fracking And The Midwest's Tense Shipping Situation

Barge workers on the Mississippi River near St. Louis on Dec. 2, 2012. Low river levels have caused significant issues for the shipping industry on the river.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Politicians across the Midwest are continuing to press the President to declare a state of emergency on the Mississippi River to allow barge traffic to keep flowing.

Every year roughly $180 billion worth of freight makes its way up and down the river.

Now, a record shortage of water on the nation’s major inland waterways is expected to put upward pressure on everything from food items to electricity.

The drought effect

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Economy
6:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Rethinking St. Louis Highways

John Norquist, CEO Congress for New Urbanism
Credit Congress for New Urbanism

The creation of the new I-70 bridge over the Mississippi just north of downtown has created renewed interest in a plan to remove the part of I-70 that currently runs through downtown.

John Norquist is the President of the Congress for New Urbanism, where he champions a growing movement encouraging cities to tear down their freeways. 

Norquist gave a talk at Washington University entitled “Rethinking Our Streets: The Value of Flexible Street Design”

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Politics
6:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

ZMD Will Not Take Further Action Against Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Several months of scrutiny into the management of the Missouri History Museum has resulted in little change.  The commissioners of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District have voted not to accept an audit committee report calling for tougher governance of the museum.

A vote to accept an audit committee report resulted in a 4-4 tie, meaning the motion failed.

The museum has been at the center of a months-long controversy involving a cozy relationship between embattled Museum President Bob Archibald and his board of trustees.

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Business
7:22 am
Tue November 27, 2012

ConAgra Foods To Buy Ralcorp

Credit ConAgra Foods

Packaged food giant, ConAgra Foods, is buying St. Louis-based food producer Ralcorp for $4.95 billion.  The buyout will make ConAgra the top producer of store-branded foods in the U.S

ConAgra’s stable of brands include the likes of Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, and Reddiwhip, to name a few.  The deal creates a packaged food giant with $18 billion in annual sales

Erin Lash is Sr. Analyst at Morningstar.  She says Ralcorp has struggled recently in the face of increased manufacturing and distribution costs, as well overall tightening of the marketplace.

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Drought
7:28 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Lack of Water Flow to Mississippi to Cause Freight Problems

Credit (via Flickr/The Confluence)

This week, the Army Corp of Engineers began shutting flow from a South Dakota reservoir which feeds into

the Mississippi River, just north of St. Louis.

The overall lack of water is expected to cause big problems moving freight on the river.

The Army Corp is holding back water at the Gavins Point Dam in Yankton, SD., to conserve for the next Missouri River shipping season. But the Mississippi River needs that water right now to keep the shipping channel at St. Louis at least nine-feet deep.

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