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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.

Evergy scales back plans to add solar power by 2024

By: - September 23, 2021

Evergy will keep open part of its Lawrence, Kansas, coal plant to run occasionally on natural gas despite earlier plans to shutter it completely and fall short of earlier pledges to add massive amounts of solar power to the electric grid, the utility revealed in regulatory filings this week.  Earlier this year, Evergy filed its […]

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Missouri lawmakers look to undermine Biden COVID vaccine mandate

By: and - September 15, 2021

Members of the Missouri House on Wednesday floated the idea of pursuing legislation to undermine a mandate from the Biden administration meant to increase vaccination rates in the U.S.  The House Judiciary Committee held what Rep. David Evans said was the first in a series of discussions about vaccine mandates, including an executive order President […]

‘Dangling by a thread’: Nursing home industry warns of staff exodus over vaccine mandates

By: and - September 15, 2021

A federal mandate requiring nursing home staff members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 could worsen an already severe worker shortage, an advocate for the industry warned Missouri lawmakers Tuesday. Nikki Strong, executive director of the Missouri Health Care Association, told members of a Missouri House subcommittee on Tuesday that she didn’t believe the federal mandate […]

Spire STL Pipeline can keep operating for now despite court ruling on ‘self-dealing’

By: - September 14, 2021

The embattled Spire STL Pipeline can keep operating for up to 90 days while federal regulators weigh its fate over the coming months.  The order, issued Tuesday morning by federal regulators, saves the pipeline from a court order that was expected to shut it down. Spire STL Pipeline is a 65-mile natural gas pipeline running […]

Missouri’s largest wind farm isn’t running at night for fear of killing endangered animals

By: - September 9, 2021

Every night for months, turbines at Missouri’s largest wind farm sit idle to avoid killing endangered and threatened bats.  And now, as the wind farm’s owner, Ameren Missouri, seeks permission to increase customers’ rates, consumer advocates are sounding the alarm. They argue customers shouldn’t have to pay the full costs of the wind farm on […]

‘Simply unconscionable’: Advocates push Ameren to keep electric bills low during pandemic

By: - September 8, 2021

Ameren Missouri should not increase its electrical rates for its customers as they struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout, a coalition of environmental, veterans and tenants advocates said Wednesday.  The St. Louis-based utility filed with regulators in March seeking a rate increase worth nearly $300 million per year to pay for […]

Spire’s St. Louis natural gas pipeline dealt another blow by federal court ruling

By: - September 7, 2021

The Spire STL Pipeline is running out of options to continue operating its natural gas pipeline near St. Louis after a federal appeals court declined to reconsider a previous decision Tuesday.  Following the denial, the natural gas company argued it’s even more urgent that federal energy regulators grant it temporary approval to keep operating the […]

Judge tosses Missouri AG lawsuit targeting ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

By: - September 1, 2021

A federal judge found a group of Republican attorneys general lacked the standing to sue President Joe Biden’s administration for taking steps to consider the “social cost of carbon” in federal regulations. The suit, supported by officials in 13 states, was led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for the U.S. Senate […]

Kansas City suffers from severe urban heat. Research underway may help leaders address it

By: - August 30, 2021

KANSAS CITY — The strain excessive heat was putting on the streets of Kansas City was obvious during a streak of days earlier this month when peak temperatures stayed above 90 degrees for days in a row. In and around downtown, volunteers with the Salvation Army handed out water bottles just after noon, hoping to […]

Ruling could come soon after final arguments in lawsuit challenging Missouri CAFO law

By: - August 20, 2021

A lawsuit seeking to block a state law restricting local governments’ ability to rein in industrial hog farms has expanded to challenge a wide-ranging bill passed this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, attorneys for Cooper County argued that House Bill 271, passed this year to restrict local government’s ability to issue […]

Biden mandates nursing homes require COVID vaccine or lose Medicare, Medicaid funds

By: , and - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars, the Biden administration announced Wednesday in a major move on vaccinations as the Delta variant sweeps many states. Under the new nursing home policy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

Missouri, Kansas lost thousands of clean energy jobs last year, report says

By: - August 17, 2021

After several years of continual gains, Kansas and Missouri lost more than 7,200 combined clean energy jobs last year — primarily because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A report published last week by E2 and the Clean Energy Trust found that the Midwest, home to nearly one-quarter of the nation’s clean energy jobs, lost about 9% of […]