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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.

Gov. Laura Kelly said construction of Inevergy’s new Grain Belt Express transmission line to carry wind-driven electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana can create about 1,000 permanent jobs in Kansas. This image is of Evergy's Flat Ridge Wind Farm near Medicine Lodge. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Advocacy groups push for transparency in Evergy’s $8.9 billion ‘sustainability’ plan

By: - April 23, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Environmental and consumer groups are raising alarms about what they claim is limited transparency as Kansas regulators review Evergy’s plan to spend more than $8.9 billion on the utility provider’s infrastructure across the state. “The (plan) represents the direction of the energy future that our monopoly utility is saying we should […]

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

By: - April 20, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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, Missouri, […]

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

By: - April 19, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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 […]

As businesses grapple with sky-high gas bills from historic cold snap, Kansas looks to loan relief

By: - April 14, 2021

TOPEKA — Chris Klimek had already started hearing about the exorbitant natural gas bills other businesses got after this winter’s historic cold snap before he found out what his company would owe.  At first, he thought he had been spared. The bill he received at the beginning of March looked normal: $6,763.73.  Last week, though, […]