Rain heavy at times will move across northeast Kansas this afternoon and tonight that could lead to flooding. Severe storms are also possible through this evening with 60 mph wind gusts and hail up to the size of quarters.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ State regulators have granted Westar Energy's request for a $43.6 million rate increase.
The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved an increase that would raise residential and small-business bills $83.5 million. Rates paid by businesses and school district would have rates reduced by $50 million.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1iJ2eeP) reports homeowners who use 900 kilowatt hours will pay about $2.59 more per month for their electricity, according to the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board. Owners of larger homes using about 1,500 kilowatt hours will see a monthly increase of about $4.32.
The Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board says homeowners who use 900 kilowatt hours will pay about $2.59 more a month. The increase will take effect April 2.
Counting Thursday's increase, Westar's annual rates have been increased $513.8 million since 2009.
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