Kansas energy regulators are asking whether billions of dollars in energy projects planned by a company serving 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri will result in unnecessary increases in electricity rates.
The Kansas Corporation Commission on Tuesday ordered Evergy to explain by Feb.28 the $ 10.4 billion it plans to spend by 2025, the Lawrence Journal-World Reports.
The state’s main utility regulator issued the order after a months-long review of a “sustainability transformation plan” announced by Evergy last year. Evergy said the plan was necessary to improve the reliability of its electrical service and to better position the company for the future. Others argue the plan was too heavily influenced by activist investor Elliott Management, who owns hundreds of millions of dollars in Evergy stock and is simply seeking to increase the value of the company’s stock.
The committee has not commented on the Evergy transformation plan and has taken no action to stop its implementation. KCC’s board of directors told Evergy not to prioritize the interests of shareholders over the interests of taxpayers.
The Kansas Industrial Consumers Group has said Evergy’s plan will cause tariffs to rise 10 to 11 percent by 2024.
Evergy says the group is wrong and notes that residential rates fell 6.5% and industrial rates fell 1.8% from 2017 to 2019.
A spokeswoman for Evergy said the company is reviewing the KCC’s most recent order as it determines next steps.
The aldermen of Saint-Louis decide to repeal the municipal ordinance on marijuana
The St. Louis Aldermen’s Council on Tuesday voted to repeal municipal ordinances that make it illegal to possess small amounts of marijuana.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in addition to repealing municipal ordinances, the bill prohibits police from enforcing federal and state laws against possession of small amounts or props of marijuana, within a few exceptions. Mayor Tishaura Jones said in a statement that she will sign it as soon as it reaches her office.
“Be clear: incarcerating people for minor marijuana offenses does not make our neighborhoods safer,” Jones said. “Unnecessary contact with the prison system harms families and communities in our city. “
Jones said the bill removes an unfair and discriminatory policy. She said nearly 600 people have been arrested in St. Louis on marijuana charges over the past three years, and nearly 500 of them were black.
Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder in restaurant
A man who shot his cousin in the kitchen of a Kansas City-area Thai restaurant has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The Kansas City Star reports that Porntrep Phonjaroen, 27, of Lee’s Summit was sentenced on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in May to second degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2019 murder of Wasinee Sankra, 23.
The shooting took place at Thai Spice’s Independence site. Police called to the scene found Sankra on the floor in the kitchen. She was shot in the head and was pronounced dead instantly.
Customers were inside the store at the time of the shooting.
$ 3 million lottery prize is Missouri couple’s second big win
A couple from eastern Missouri recently won a $ 3 million lottery prize – and it wasn’t the first time they’ve claimed a big lottery win.
According to the Missouri Lottery, the Washington County couple, who asked not to be identified, purchased the winning ticket to the “Big Riches” scratch game at the Short Stop Convenience Shop in Potosi while recently shopping. They scratched the ticket inside the store and celebrated with a hug.
Winning never gets old. The same couple won a lottery prize of $ 250,000 a few years ago.
“It was as if God blessed us again! Said one of the winners.
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