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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Poplar Street Bridge
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades

The Poplar Street Bridge.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.

Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.

"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.

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Animal Abuse
9:19 am
Tue September 25, 2012

St. Louis PD Assigns One Officer To New Animal Abuse Task Force

Stray Rescue's Randy Grim holds up a picture of a tortured dog. At left, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and at right, Officer Louis Naes.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is creating a task force aimed at reducing animal cruelty in the city.

Slay announced the creations of the “Mayor Francis Slay Animal Cruelty Task Force” during a press conference at Stray Rescue on Tuesday.

Among other things, the city police department will dedicate one full-time officer to animal abuse cases.

Slay says the task force sends a message that cases of animal neglect and cruelty will be prosecuted just as thoroughly as any other crime.

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Business
6:30 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Market for Asian carp maturing in Illinois

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson (left) and Lu Xu Wu (Chinese investor in American Heartland Fish) speaking through an interpreter.
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

When the French explorer Père Marquette traveled down the Illinois River in 1673, his journal tells of encounters with “monstrous fish” so large they nearly overturned his canoe.  

In all likelihood the fish Marquette was talking about were channel catfish, but nearly 340 years later fisherman Josh Havens says it’s bighead carp... and silver carp which now harass boaters on the Illinois (silver carp are the jumpers).

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Business
6:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Asian carp solution will have downstream impact

A tugboat pushes a barge under the Eads Bridge in St. Louis
Kelly Martin Via Wikimedia Commons

The issue of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes has implications for a variety of industries.  Midwest officials are weighing a range of options, including severing the connection between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.  This last option comes with a list of potential economic implications for the shipping and manufacturing industry.

For instance, the 70-mile stretch of Mississippi River at St. Louis is one of the busiest inland ports in America—a place where grain, aggregate and steel are loaded and shipped up and down the river.

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Economy
4:52 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Illinois and Missouri agree on Poplar Street Bridge upgrades

Lane and ramp upgrade designs for Poplar Street Bridge vincinity
HDR Engineering

Illinois and Missouri officials appear to agree on a series of phased upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.

The plan would add a third eastbound I-64 lane over the bridge, as well as provide a two-lane onramp from northbound I-55.

MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the $80 million in upgrades will go a long way toward smoothing the flow of traffic over the Mississippi.   

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Economy
11:40 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Asian Carp May Finally Sever Ties Of Mississippi With Great Lakes

Proposed Asian Carp barrier sites
Credit Great Lakes Commission

Earlier this spring the Obama administration ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up a five-year study of options to block invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Many biologists say the best solution would be complete separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed.

But basin separation comes with its own multi-billion dollar price tag, and would require re-plumbing the entire City of Chicago.

By most accounts, this story began in 1900, the year the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was complete. 

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Foreclosure Mediation
5:13 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Lenders challenge foreclosure legislation in St. Louis City

(via Flickr/taberandrew)

A new ordinance could offer struggling St. Louis City homeowners an option to help avoid foreclosure.

The program would extend a loan mediation process to any homeowner who requests it from their bank, just like the one passed two weeks ago in St. Louis County. Ignoring this request would cost a lender a $500 fine.

But, banks claim the laws violate state statutes prohibiting government intervention into the foreclosure process.  They say it would mean fewer loans and increased costs.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay disagrees.

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Speed Cameras
5:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

First MoDOT-approved speed cameras coming to Calverton Park

An example of the speed cameras that will be installed in Calverton Park by contractor American Traffic Solutions.
(via American Traffic Solutions)

The tiny municipality of Calverton Park in North St. Louis County is the site of a pair of new speed cameras.

The cameras are the first in the state to carry the blessing of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Business
6:53 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

St. Louis Union Station sold for $20 million

St. Louis Union Station circa 1909
via Wikimedia Commons

The sale of downtown St. Louis’ historic Union Station is set to go through in mid-October.  The sale was first reported Wednesday by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The facility’s new owners, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management,  are hoping to succeed where a host of other developers have failed.

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Developing: Audit / Jay Nixon
4:42 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Missouri state auditor accuses Gov. Nixon of hiding expenses

Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:37 p.m. with additional reporting.

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released an audit of Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday accusing Nixon of overspending his appropriation by $1.7 million and thumbing his nose at the budget appropriation process.

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