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Allison Kite

Allison Kite

Allison Kite is a data reporter for The Missouri Independent and Kansas Reflector, with a focus on the environment and agriculture. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she’s covered state government in both Topeka and Jefferson City, and most recently was City Hall reporter for The Kansas City Star.

Controversial bill would have aided Missouri company under scrutiny for contamination

By: - December 6, 2021

Two years ago, a company led by an influential Republican businessman faced off with the state’s environmental regulators over whether it needed to do additional testing for a chemical health officials worried could pose a cancer risk to the company’s workers.  The Moberly manufacturing facility, Orscheln Products LLC, is owned by the family of businessman Barry […]

‘Statesman,’ ‘hero,’ ‘favorite son’: Well wishes pour out after death of Sen. Bob Dole

By: - December 5, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Reverence for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s service as a soldier in World War II, a longtime senator and fixture in Washington, D.C., was evident Sunday morning following the announcement of his death. In the hours after the Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced Dole, 98, had died following a battle with lung cancer, […]

Spire STL pipeline can keep operating through the winter, regulators decide

By: - December 3, 2021

The embattled Spire STL Pipeline serving St. Louis-area natural gas customers will be allowed to keep operating through the winter, federal regulators decided Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order after weeks of building tension as the pipeline’s current temporary authorization to operate came close to expiring. The commission’s order grants Spire STL […]

Spire files appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in pipeline dispute

By: - December 3, 2021

Spire STL Pipeline appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to overturn a lower-court ruling that outlined evidence of self-dealing in its construction of a controversial natural gas pipeline in the St. Louis area.  The pipeline has been in operation since 2019. But this summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit […]

Under pressure from regulators and elected officials, Spire tones down pipeline messaging

By: - December 3, 2021

Under pressure from Missouri regulators, and with assurances from federal regulators that certainty would come soon, Spire Missouri ratcheted down its campaign warning St. Louis area customers they could experience outages this winter.  Spire was widely criticized by state and federal regulators and environmental groups when it sent an email to St. Louis area customers […]

Bills for Spire customers in Kansas City spike 40%, St. Louis 25%

By: - December 3, 2021

Spire Missouri customers will see big hikes in their natural gas bills this winter, with residents in the Kansas City area hit the hardest, as the energy market continues to struggle following February’s deep freeze.  The utility, which serves nearly 1.2 million customers around Missouri, says natural gas prices are up almost 60% compared to […]

Consumer advocates fear hedge funds’ influence could mean rate hikes at Evergy

By: - November 24, 2021

Four of the five members on Evergy’s finance committee, tasked with recommending management and investment decisions to the board of directors, were selected by activist hedge funds that critics worry are asserting undue influence over the electric utility. That involvement, consumer advocates say, could drive up rates for Evergy’s 1.6 million customers in Kansas and […]

Spire’s messages on pipeline ‘overstate the likelihood of closure,’ per Missouri regulators

By: - November 19, 2021

Missouri energy regulators want to know everything Spire has told its natural gas customers since this summer about the Spire STL Pipeline after finding the utility was overstating the risk to St. Louis residents’ service.  Spire Missouri’s communications with its customers, according to staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission, “appear to reflect an attempt […]

Environmental group demands Spire halt ‘false and defamatory’ messaging about pipeline

By: - November 15, 2021

An environmental organization is demanding Spire Missouri cease and desist its campaign warning customers of dire consequences this winter if the Spire STL pipeline is shut down.  The Environmental Defense Fund, which challenged the pipeline’s permit to operate, wrote to Spire on Friday saying the company’s “false and defamatory” comments had inspired area residents to […]

Spire Missouri’s warning of natural gas outages a ‘manufactured crisis,’ critics say

By: - November 11, 2021

As federal energy regulators prepare to decide the fate of a St. Louis natural gas pipeline, Spire Missouri is warning customers their gas service could fail this winter.  Business industry groups and the utility maintain it’s their responsibility to keep customers informed. But environmental groups and some local elected officials — who note federal regulators seem […]

St. Louis nursing home workers back on job following strike over wages, safety

By: - November 9, 2021

Workers accusing management of a St. Louis nursing home of unfair labor practices returned to work Tuesday morning after walking out last week.  Their union, SEIU Healthcare Missouri, released a statement following the end of the strike, which sought to secure higher wages and levels of staffing and stronger safety protocols for workers at Blue […]

Workers on strike at St. Louis nursing home plagued by understaffing, deficiencies

By: , and - November 8, 2021

CLAYTON, Mo. — A group of nursing home workers have been on strike for days to protest unfair labor practices and what they say are dangerous violations and deficiencies at three understaffed St. Louis-area facilities.  On Monday, Blue Circle Rehab and Nursing workers and union members protested outside their employer’s corporate office, calling on St. Louis […]