Maria Altman

Reporter

Maria is a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio, specializing in business and economic issues. Previously, she was a newscaster during All Things Considered and has been with the station since 2004. Maria's stories have been featured nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, as well as on Marketplace.

Maria has won numerous awards, including from the Illinois Associated Press, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Missouri State Teachers Association.

She came to St. Louis from Dallas, where she worked at KERA. Maria has also worked at WUIS in Springfield, and WSIU in Carbondale, Ill. She received her M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois-Springfield and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa.

In her spare time she serves as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Maria lives in St. Louis with her husband and two kids.

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Missouri Public Service Commission
4:16 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Ameren Missouri Submits Energy Efficiency Plan

Credit (Flickr, sciondriver)

Ameren Missouri officials say the utility will invest $135 million in a three-year energy efficiency plan to begin in 2016.  

Ameren filed the plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission Monday. The utility said it's expected to provide more than $260 million in customer benefits over 20 years.

Ameren’s director of energy efficiency, Dan Laurent, said the plan also is expected to save about 426,000 megawatt hours.

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Priorities, Problems
12:16 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Ferguson Commission: Meet The Members

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

(Updated with new interviews)

Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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St. Louis business
3:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Give A Gift And Support A St. Louis Startup

Greetabl offers boxes that also serve as a greeting card and can be mailed.
Credit (courtesy greetable)

The clock is ticking on the holiday shopping season.

If you’ve still got a few people on your list, here are some unique items from young companies right here in St. Louis.

Greetabl produces colorful gift boxes that allow you to write a message, put in a small gift and either mail it or give it in person. The company, launched just last year, is among this year’s Arch Grants recipients.

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Gas prices drop
2:24 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Why Does Missouri Have The Lowest Gas Prices In The Country?

The Conoco at 3934 S. Grand Blvd was selling gas for $2.07 on Monday.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

It’s sticker shock turned upside down.

Filling up your gas tank is almost pleasant as prices at the pump continue to fall. In St. Louis on Monday, a gallon of gas averaged $2.22, but it could be found for as low as $2.07.

While the entire country is seeing lower gas prices, Missouri has averaged the lowest. The American Automobile Association listed the state’s average as $2.25 a gallon on Monday. Meanwhile the average in Illinois was $2.57; in California it was $2.87 and a whopping $2.98 in New York.

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#FergusonRebuild
2:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

#FergusonRebuild Initiative Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Cathy's Kitchen on South Florissant Road lost one window following the grand jury announcement Nov. 24th. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced his #FergusonRebuild initiative at the restaurant Thursday.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s Secretary of State has begun a new initiative to help businesses in the Ferguson area get back on their feet.

Jason Kander, a Democrat, is donating $25,000 from his campaign fund to kick off #FergusonRebuild. He said the campaign will also seek donations through the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.com.

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#FergusonRebuild
5:15 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

New Ferguson Business Fund To Be Announced

Volunteers help board up a business along South Florissant Road on Nov. 25, the day after the grand jury announcement.
Credit Maria Altman | St. Louis Public Radio

A private relief fund for businesses affected by the looting and violence in Ferguson will be announced Thursday.

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will be in Ferguson Thursday morning for the announcement of #FergusonRebuild. The initiative is in partnership with the Regional Business Council and North County Incorporated.

The non-governmental grants will help businesses in Ferguson, Dellwood and Jennings.

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Ferguson fallout
2:34 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Bar Owners Sue After Police Command Center Closed Their Business

Missouri National Guard posted at the Unified Police Command on Aug. 18, 2014. Swiish Bar and Grill was closed Aug. 10-27 while the command center was set up in its parking lot.
Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

The owners of Swiish Bar and Grill in Jennings didn’t suffer broken glass or looting during the unrest following Michael Brown’s death, but they still took a big loss.

That’s because state and local law enforcement ordered the business closed so that the police command center could be staged just outside the bar. Swiish Bar and Grill at 8021 West Florissant Ave., is just down the street from where protests were taking place in Ferguson. It remained closed for 17 days.

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Relocation
5:54 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Secretive Federal Agency Seeks Public Comments On Where It Should Move

Mehlville
courtesy National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

If you’ve got an opinion on where the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency should move, or shouldn’t move, now is the time to speak up.

The secretive federal agency is looking at four sites around the St. Louis metropolitan area as it plans a move from its current historic campus south of downtown. A public comment period began this week and will run until January 19, including three public hearings.

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Solar power
9:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ameren Solar Energy Center Up And Running

Ameren's solar energy center in O'Fallon.
Credit Ameren Missouri

 Updated 12/4/14

Ameren's solar energy center in O'Fallon is now in service. The 19-acre operation includes 19,000 solar panels and is currently generating six megawatts of power to the company's electrical grid.

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Federal Reserve Turns 100
4:02 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Federal Reserve Bank Of St. Louis Marks Milestone

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis at Locust St. and N. Broadway, circa 1924-1925 just after the building went up.
Credit Courtesy of the St. Louis Fed

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis celebrates its centennial anniversary this year.

St. Louis was one of 12 Reserve Banks that opened for business on November 16, 1914. They were all part of the Federal Reserve System created when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act into law in December 1913.

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