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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 energy, the environment and agriculture. A graduate of the University of Kansas, she previously covered City Hall for The Kansas City Star, as well as state government in both Topeka and Jefferson City.

Gov. Mike Parson issues drought alert for almost half of Missouri counties

By: - July 21, 2022

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued drought alerts in nearly half of Missouri counties Thursday, where exceptional heat and lack of rain threaten the state’s farmers and ranchers.  “Unfortunately, we don’t anticipate conditions improving soon,” Parson said in a news conference.  Fifty-three counties along or south of the Missouri River are affected by the alert. About […]

Missouri Democrat Senate hopefuls discuss abolishing the filibuster, Medicare for all

By: - July 19, 2022

Trudy Busch Valentine was the only one against Medicare For All.  Spencer Toder wants to investigate the U.S. Supreme Court justices who said they would uphold abortion rights and then overtuned Roe v. Wade.  Lucas Kunce suggested far more incremental policies than most candidates to curb gun violence.  And nearly all of the nine candidates […]

Anti-abortion groups make dubious claims as Kansas amendment vote nears

By: - July 19, 2022

Claims made by campaigns for and against a constitutional amendment undoing Kansans’ right to an abortion look like descriptions of two different realities. The Value Them Both amendment, according to proponents, reverses the state’s “nearly unlimited ‘right’ to abortion.” The campaign’s website says “every reasonable regulation of abortion in Kansas may soon be struck down.” […]

Lucas Kunce is betting outspoken populist message can turn Missouri Senate seat blue

By: - July 19, 2022

PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Lucas Kunce’s life story seems built for a populist Senate campaign in Missouri.  He grew up in a modest neighborhood in Jefferson City where a local grocer let his mother float checks when his family couldn’t afford the bill. He attended Yale University on grants, came back to Missouri for law school […]

Grain Belt Express announces expansion that means more clean energy for Missouri

By: - July 11, 2022

Missouri will get five times the clean energy previously promised by the developers of the Grain Belt Express transmission line, executives announced Monday.  Grain Belt Express is a 800-mile high-voltage transmission line meant to carry renewable energy from wind-swept western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to the Indiana border.  Its developer, Chicago-based Invenergy, previously planned […]

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 […]