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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.

Missouri doctors fear vague emergency exception to abortion ban puts patients at risk

By: and - July 2, 2022

Some Missouri medical providers are fearful that patients with high-risk pregnancies will face delayed care in life-threatening situations because doctors fear prosecution under Missouri’s newly-enacted abortion ban. “I’m following the rules that are made by people that have no understanding of medicine and science, and that’s extremely, extremely dangerous,” said Iman Alsaden, a doctor and […]

Missouri governor weakens hazardous waste rules, cuts regulation for ‘advanced recycling’

By: - July 1, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Friday weakening the state’s hazardous waste regulations and opening the door for a controversial type of recycling backed by the plastic industry and decried by environmentalists.  Parson, a Republican, signed legislation to bar the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from enacting hazardous waste rules that differ in any way from […]

Missouri AG says state abortion ban does not prohibit Plan B or contraception

By: and - June 29, 2022

After at least one hospital system in Missouri stopped providing emergency contraception because of ambiguity in the state’s abortion ban, Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office clarified Wednesday that contraception is not prohibited under state law. “Missouri law does not prohibit the use or provision of Plan B, or contraception,” said Chris Nuelle, a spokesman for […]

Bill environmentalists say could keep Missouri coal plants open signed by governor

By: - June 29, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed legislation environmentalists fear will chip away at a year-old state law meant to encourage utilities to retire polluting coal plants.  One of the state’s largest utilities says the law is simply cleanup language.  Last year, Missouri and Kansas enacted laws allowing electric utilities to “securitize” aging coal plants […]

Ameren Missouri to add more renewable energy — and fracked gas — in updated plan

By: - June 23, 2022

Ameren Missouri plans to add more renewable energy and speed its transition to net-zero carbon emissions, the company announced Thursday. But its plan also calls for building a large natural gas power plant in about 10 years.  The St. Louis-based electric utility filed an updated integrated resource plan with Missouri regulators after a federal judge […]

‘Time bomb’ lead pipes set to be removed. But first water utilities have to find them

By: - June 20, 2022

TRENTON, Mo. — It took three years for officials to notice lead was seeping into the city’s drinking water.  Missouri regulators had given the green light in 2014 for Trenton to start adding monochloramine to its drinking water to disinfect it without the harmful byproducts of chlorine.  But by 2017, the city noticed something alarming.  […]

Kansas City moves ahead with study of massive solar farm at KCI airport

By: - June 10, 2022

Thousands of undeveloped acres near Kansas City International Airport could one day house one of the nation’s largest airport solar farms, capable of powering as much as one-third of Kansas City’s homes. Kansas City has completed a feasibility study that outlines steps and challenges to bring a utility-scale solar farm to KCI. In the coming […]

Missouri governor to sign compromise legislation after efforts to stymie Grain Belt Express

By: - June 8, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson plans to sign legislation requiring electrical transmission line developers to pay farmers more for easements on their land, his office announced Wednesday. Parson will be in Sedalia Saturday for a Missouri Cattlemen’s Association steak fry and plans to sign the legislation, requiring that landowners be paid 150% of fair market value for […]

Environmentalists decry proposed ‘permit lite’ for some Missouri coal ash ponds

By: - May 24, 2022

A push by Missouri regulators to change permitting requirements for coal ash ponds has environmental groups worried important safeguards will be lifted and toxic chemicals and metals could leach into groundwater with few protections. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking to move some ash ponds from stringent, site-specific permits to the general permit […]

Missouri legislators weaken regulations for hazardous waste, ‘advanced recycling’

By: - May 13, 2022

Legislation weakening Missouri’s hazardous waste regulations and opening the door for “advanced recycling” will soon be on Gov. Mike Parson’s desk.  With just hours left before Friday’s mandated end to the Missouri legislative session, the House took up and passed a bill stuck in conference committee negotiations that was vehemently opposed by environmentalists and pushed […]

Bill requiring Missouri schools to cut down lead in drinking water heading to governor

By: - May 12, 2022

Legislation on its way to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk could drastically cut down on the amount of lead allowed in school drinking water in an effort to protect children from the toxic metal. Across the U.S., millions of homes and schools are still served by decades-old lead water lines, which can leach the dangerous neurotoxin […]

Missouri lawmakers pass eminent domain bill without Grain Belt poison pill

By: - May 10, 2022

Companies looking to build large electrical transmission lines in Missouri may soon have to pay landowners more and provide more of the transmitted power to customers in the state. On Tuesday, the Missouri House passed eminent domain legislation that adds more protections for Missourians when companies condemn land to build transmission lines. The bill has […]