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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.

As KC battled to keep residency requirement for cops, councilwoman pushed repeal

By: and - May 13, 2021

As Kansas City officials were working to block a legislative effort to repeal the city’s residency requirement for police officers, the council’s lone conservative member had other ideas. Councilwoman Heather Hall traveled to Jefferson City last week with the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she met with lawmakers over dinner and meetings at the […]

Anti-Grain Belt legislation could come before Missouri Senate as legislative session wraps

By: - May 12, 2021

Legislation that would effectively kill the proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line could come up on the floor of the Missouri Senate in the waning days of the legislative session — even though the Senate’s own version of the bill is stuck in committee.  Grain Belt, a high-voltage transmission line proposed by Chicago-based Invenergy, would carry […]

Evergy earnings shot up following February cold snap that forced blackouts

By: - May 6, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Evergy more than doubled its earnings in the first quarter compared to the beginning of 2020, largely due to the profits it made on sky-high wholesale energy prices during a February cold snap that forced it to cut off power to thousands of customers across the region. The utility, which serves […]

Missouri bill targeting DNR clears House committee, still faces uncertain future

By: - May 6, 2021

A Missouri House committee advanced a sweeping bill environmentalists say would hamper the state’s ability to enforce clean air and water laws. But several amendment votes could undermine the bill’s prospects in the Senate.  The House Emerging Issues Committee voted 7-4 Wednesday in favor of a bill that places various limitations on Missouri’s environmental regulators […]

Less pollution, lower bills: Missouri, Kansas move ahead on utility securitization

By: - May 5, 2021

Utility providers across Kansas and Missouri may soon be able to retire coal-fired power plants faster as the energy sector accelerates its transition to renewable energy sources. Kansas already passed legislation that allows companies to shutter coal plants, which release considerable amounts of carbon dioxide, without the financial hit that would otherwise come from closing […]

Evergy to shutter Kansas coal plant, speed transition to renewable energy

By: - April 30, 2021

Evergy, an electric supplier to about 600,000 customers in western Missouri, will retire its coal power plant in Lawrence, Kansas, by the end of 2023, the company announced on Friday. The utility revealed its plan to regulators in a filing with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The “integrated resource plan” lays out Evergy’s next few years […]

EPA investigation finds Missouri out of compliance with federal civil rights rules

By: - April 29, 2021

Federal officials are investigating whether Missouri environmental regulators violated the civil rights of St. Louis residents by issuing an air pollution control permit to a fuel transport business located near predominantly Black neighborhoods.  Already, investigators with the Environmental Protection Agency have found the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is out of compliance with regulations requiring […]

Schmitt joins Republican AGs taking aim at ‘social cost of carbon’ emissions

By: - April 27, 2021

The attorneys general in Missouri and Kansas have joined their Republican counterparts in 20 states demanding that the federal government not consider the social cost of carbon emissions when determining whether to approve new natural gas pipelines.  Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Derek Schmidt of Kansas filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday […]

Missouri bill targeting environmental protections moves ahead in House

By: - April 26, 2021

Missouri legislators are moving forward with an effort to loosen the state’s environmental regulations that critics contend could harm the state’s water and air — and its budget.  Business groups and Republican lawmakers say the bill would help businesses that are treated unfairly by an “aggressive” Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  “At the end of […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at University Hospital.

To tackle slowdown in vaccine demand, providers work to break down barriers to access

By: and - April 23, 2021

When KC Care Health Center ramped up its COVID-19 vaccine rollout earlier this year, staff couldn’t keep up with demand. Doses went into patients’ arms as soon as they came in.  So when Missouri made all adult residents eligible for the vaccine a week-and-half ago, Adria Edwards, director of special projects for the federally qualified […]

Report says hundreds of levees endanger Missouri River. One county is trying a new way

By: - April 20, 2021

KANSAS CITY — As he watched the river forecasts in early 2019, Regan Griffin hoped for the best.  Maybe the Missouri River would top its levees in a few places but spare his community.  That year turned out to be one of the most severe floods in recent memory. Parts of Atchison County, where Griffin […]

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

By: - April 19, 2021

On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning across nearly […]