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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Politics
6:15 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ann Wagner Toes Party Line On Taxes, Despite "Fiscal Cliff"

Republican Ann Wagner speaking to the RCGA
Credit Christine Page / St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Assoc.

Missouri Congresswoman-elect Ann Wagner says she would not support any plan to increase tax rates to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

Failure to reach a deal before January First would result in immediate tax increases and across the board spending cuts.

Wagner spoke at a luncheon of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association on Tuesday.  On the issue of the so-called “fiscal cliff” said she supports a compromise to generate revenue by reforming the nation’s tax code, while also preserving the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthiest 2-percent of Americans.

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Business
5:24 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Hostess Ordered Back Into Mediation With Union

Twinkies
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

A bankruptcy judge in New York has ordered Hostess Brands Incorporated back into mediation with its second-largest union, meaning for the time being the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread will not shut down.

The company had begun the process of liquidating its assets following a Nov. 9 strike by its bakers' union.   The Hostess plant in St. Louis employed 360 people before it was closed last week.

Dave Douglas has worked for the company for 28 years and says he can’t afford to give up any more in wage and benefits to keep the job.

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Business
5:24 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Army Corps Moving Forward With Plans To Reduce Flow On Missouri River

Low water on Mississippi River could get lower
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Businesses that work and ship on the Mississippi River are seeking a presidential declaration keep water flowing out of reservoirs on the Missouri River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes dams in South Dakota at this time every year to store water to maintain levels later in the spring and summer.

The Missouri River accounts for roughly 60 percent of the water flowing by St. Louis. In a drought-year like this year, George Foster of St. Louis’ J.B. Marine says reducing river levels would risk closing the shipping channel.

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Business
2:49 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Northwest Plaza Mall Redevelopment Under Way

Northwest Plaza Mall in 2010
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

Demolition crews are set to make way for a $106 million overhaul of the old Northwest Plaza Mall in St. Ann.

The nearly two-million square foot property has sat vacant for years and will be rebranded as “The Crossings at Northwest”.

On Tuesday elected officials took turns taking a sledgehammer to the old Sears Automotive Center, located at the corner of Lindbergh and St. Charles Rock Road.

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Arts & Culture
6:16 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

ZMD Board Says History Museum Needs Complete Overhaul

Missouri History Museum
Credit Credit (via Flickr/Reading Tom)

The board charged with distributing taxpayer funds to the five members of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District says the Missouri History Museum needs a complete restructuring.  The Zoo-Museum District was created to oversee public funding for the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri History Museum.

The ZMD Audit Committee met Thursday and claim the reforms recommended for the History Museum by former Senator Jack Danforth do not go far enough.

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Politics
1:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

McCaskill Re-Elected, Beats Akin In Senate Race

Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated GOP challenger Todd Akin Tuesday to hold on to a Missouri Senate seat that Republicans once considered vulnerable.

McCaskill won with about 54-percent of the vote in the election. She told supporters in St. Louis' Central West End Tuesday night that the victory means more to her because many pundits had predicted she would lose her seat.

"They all said 'it's over, it's done, it's too red, it's just too red, there is no way that Claire McCaskill can survive.' Well, you know what happened? You proved 'em wrong," McCaskill said.

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Saint Louis University
6:30 am
Tue November 6, 2012

SLU Faculty, Students, Want Father Biondi Out

A gate of Saint Louis University.
via Flickr/chuteme

Last week, the faculty of St. Louis University, voted ‘no confidence’ in University President, Father Lawrence Biondi.

The vote is a shocking development at a Jesuit school which many credit Biondi for putting on the map.  But there is one very important person you will not be hearing from in this story, and that person is Lawrence Biondi. 

Last week the Faculty Senate voted no confidence (51-4) in Biondi, who has lead the school for 25 years.

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Saint Louis University
5:33 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

SLU Faculty Vote 'No Confidence' In Father Biondi

Members of a crowd gathered and voiced their opinions of Saint Louis University President Father Lawrence Biondi on Oct. 30, 2012.
via Kaitlyn Vokaty

In an unprecedented move, the faculty of Saint Louis University has voted "no confidence" in University President Father Lawrence Biondi.

The Faculty Senate voted 51-4 with 2 abstaining.

The vote is just the latest in long history of discord between the administration and faculty. During his 25 years as president, Biondi has faced criticism for spending millions of dollars in campus building projects, sometimes at the expense of what professors viewed as more pressing academic needs.

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Other News
6:11 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Livable St. Louis Conference Offers New Vision For The Region

Ann Mack, CEO of Trailnet
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Community visionaries and organizers from across the region held a conference in St. Louis on Friday.   The “Livable St. Louis” conference aims to transform the region through a range of quality of life improvements.

The conference was organized by Trailnet and focused on improving declining neighborhoods through projects such as affordable housing, safe streets, vibrant public spaces and green infrastructure.

Regina Martinez works with a group called the Rebuild Foundation that tries to transform old structures into new community assets.

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Urban Development
8:03 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Grand Opening Brings 120 New Apartments To St. Louis' 18th Ward

Some of the 120 new, mixed-income units now available in St. Louis' 18th Ward at North Sarah Apartments.
Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio

120 mixed-income apartments are now available to residents of St. Louis’18th Ward, just north of the old Gaslight Square.

The project, called "North Sarah Apartments," is a LEED-certified green community, with garden style and townhouse apartments.

18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy said the project was envisioned by residents over 10 years ago.

Central to their idea, Kennedy says, was the restoration of a commercial district on North Sarah Street.

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