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.
‘Time bomb’ lead pipes set to be removed. But first water utilities have to find them.
By: Allison Kite - 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. […]
Why an ambitious effort to overhaul Kansas water management fell short
By: Allison Kite - May 16, 2022
The dire state of water in western Kansas is not in dispute. The aquifer Kansans out west rely on to irrigate crops and provide drinking water dropped by a foot in 2021. “If you look at charts as to where it was … when they started irrigating and now, it’s alarming,” said the Kansas House […]
Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids
By: Allison Kite and Niara Savage - April 11, 2022
When the pediatrician recommended Lisa Pascoe have her then-toddler tested for lead poisoning, she thought there was no way he could be at risk. Everything in her South St. Louis home had been remodeled. But then the nurse called to say her son’s blood lead level was dangerously high — five times the level federal […]
Missouri House bill would cut down on poisonous lead in school drinking water
By: Niara Savage and Allison Kite - March 29, 2022
Missouri children would be better protected from lead poisoning under a state legislative bill to require schools to nearly rid their drinking water of the dangerous toxin. The bill, heard Monday by the House Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, would require schools to test drinking water, remove old coolers and filter water where lead is […]